Caesarea4 saidAcross Sunrise there's a Travelodge.
If I were to stay there, how easy is it to get to the beach on a Friday?
If I rent a car, is there parking near the beach?
Is there a (frequent) bus or should I cab it?
How about getting to and from Wilton Manors for the night festivities?
You must have seen their link:http://www.travelodge.com/Travelodge/control/Booking/property_info?propertyId=12419&cid=carat_search-Travelodge&iataNumber=00065402&client_account2=1000008335
Holiday Park, BTW, is right next to the Parker Playhouse, which often has some good entertainment. (We saw Dame Edna there, and Sandra Bernhard) However, it's a very long walk to the beach.
They say 1.5 miles on their site, which seems short to me, but then they say that Bonnet House, a historical site that is worth seeing, is 2 miles. Well, Bonnet House is just BEFORE the beach, going down Sunrise Blvd. Doesn't compute.
Plus that stretch of beach at the end of Sunrise has nothing there. To get to gay Sebastian Beach you have to then turn right (south) onto A1A and go nearly another mile, where there are restaurants and bars, and beach shops, etc. That's where most of the gay guesthouses and resorts are clustered, like the Elysium that iguanaSF mentions. And not too bad of a place, but at high season rates in February.
Wilton Manors is about 3 miles from that Travelodge. I'm not sure about bus routes, you'll have to check online, but I THINK something should be going down Sunrise to A1A. You can catch a bus to Wilton Manors at the corner of Sunrise & NE 4th Ave (later becomes Wilton Drive) about 3/4 mile west from the Travelodge. Google-map it and you'll see, there's a Homo Depot on that corner.
Their site did not mention any airport shuttle service. But as I offered to the OP above, I can easily pick you up at FLL airport, and bring you back, if our schedules work. We'll be in Key West the entire last week in February.
So while that Travelodge is certainly convenient to Holiday Park, you're kinda far from everything else and will need a taxi or a rental car. But then if you were closer to the other things, you'd still need a way to get to the park.
There is metered parking along sections of A1A at the less interesting stretches of the beach. But if you go down to Sebastian Beach, at Sebastian Road (as you should) you'll need to use an indoor garage on a side street. A1A splits there into 1-way north and south, separated by a whole block.
Wilton Manors along Wilton Drive is now all metered parking. Either classic coin meters on Wilton Drive and some side streets, or a pubic outdoor lot near City Hall, where you buy a pass at a sidewalk vending machine and place it on your dashboard. You'll see that elsewhere in Fort Lauderdale, as well.
There is free parking in the lots around the Shoppes of Wilton Manors, the strip mall where Georgie's Alibi is located, but even in daytime on a weekend that can be difficult. At night it's almost impossible. There's also a free lot behind Bill's, but that's mostly filled, too, and changes to valet parking on weekend nights. As does Rosie's up the drive.