Just as everyone has said it's better to fly into Ft Lauderdale/Hollywood airport
I think that you being from Canada would love Hollywood Beach as this is Canada South.
It has a huge Canadian footprint including restaurants and businesses along a very impressive board walk on the beach.
Staying on the boardwalk would be your best bet and it's only a 10 minute drive from the airport.
As well as a very easy "STRAIGHT" drive south down to South Beach along A1A.
The Hard Rock casino on 441/st rd 7 is a very easy ride west from a1a to 441
A few links for you
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