My husband is from the Ft. Lauderdale area but we live in Georgia. We have been coming to the Air and Sea Show for the past 3 years (excluding last year. 2008, because it was cancelled. I found out that it is cancelled for this year but that plans are being made for 2010. It is awesome. We stay in the Lauderdale-by-the sea area because it is less crowded and you get more value for the $. Also, It is the general area where the aircraft turn around..very cool. It is a blast every year. Note: The Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds alternate their yearly performances. Book a room as soon as you know the show is a go ahead!
The air show is always the first FULL weekend in May. (except this year 2008) there is no air show because the city of Ft Lauderdale wouldn't put ANY $ towards this awesome show. all of that aside. If you can make it to the Air and Sea show it is the best air show you will ever see.
I have told people about the air show for years, they always say " I went to one with my parents when I was a kid. then they come to the one here and they now come every year. There are great hotels along the beach. We live about 1 mile from the beach but we get a place and the whole family comes to town to see the Air show. I book about 40 rooms and it is a blast. Ft Lauderdale needs this show. So I am hoping that it will be back in 2009. Come on down to the Air show you won't regret it!
Actually we weren't sure whether this was a part of the Air & Sea Show or if this is just how they treat shoplifters in Florida, LOL. Those five guys had a wild ride!