Sorry hope you don't mind if hijack the thread, I'm in a bit of a similar problem however we're arriving in Fort Lauderdale after our cruise and intend staying 5 extra days.
I've been looking at this site here
but I don't know what areas to avoid, what areas are good etc.
We're just looking for a "nice, clean" hotel. We do intend to do a bit of touring around the area. Is it a good idea go get something near the beach, or near the port or near shopping malls, if there is any.
Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.