Fort Lauderdale, FL

Travel Guide
Fort Lauderdale showing tropical scenes, a bay or harbor and a sunset
With beaches, shopping, cultural attractions, the Everglades…and more beaches, this southeastern Florida city is a great vacation spot any time of year.

Fort Lauderdale’s beaches attract vacationing families, honeymooners and just about anyone looking for white sands, blue skies and warm water. Travel here to appreciate why the community has developed into a popular destination over the last 100 years.

Greater Fort Lauderdale has more than 23 miles (37 kilometers) of beaches. From Deerfield Beach in the north to Hallandale Beach in the south, select your favorite stretch of sand to view an Atlantic sunrise, build sandcastles, observe nesting sea turtles, snorkel or dive, enjoy watersports, deep-sea fish or simply relax on the soft sand.

Take a gondola ride on the canals of the city or watch huge yachts navigating the Intracoastal Waterway. Shopping along Las Olas Boulevard will give you a chance to pamper yourself or buy souvenirs for friends back home. Visit the Stranahan House to see how Frank and Ivy Stranahan lived in the early 1900s when they helped launch the development of Fort Lauderdale.

Stroll along the red bricks of the Riverwalk to enjoy water views and public art installations along the shaded walkway or participate in the day’s activities, including Segway tours, Pilates classes, kayak rentals, photography training or an ecoboat rental. Enjoy the gourmet delights at food kiosks along the Tarpon River.

Stop at the NSU Art Museum for contemporary works as well as Latin American art. See shows from Broadway to symphony to popular stars at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Let kids explore the Museum of Discovery and Science, where they can learn about reptiles, fossils, space and much more in a fun environment.

To appreciate the outdoors, walk the trails of the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, sandwiched between the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Drive about 30 minutes west to the Everglades Wildlife Management Area for natural beauty.

Fly to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport or drive from Miami in about 1 hour. Enjoy Florida’s warm sunshine and sparkling sands throughout the year.

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Where to stay in Fort Lauderdale

Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton
Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton
4.5 out of 5
3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL, 33019
The price is $172 per night from Sep 9 to Sep 10
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Hollywood. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and a marina. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,221 reviews)
"I loved the beautiful entry way. Kids splash pad was nice & diplomat prime was excellent!!! Not liking...rooms are out dated. No Keurig no instructions on coffee pot in room. Second pool was empty!!! Second hot tub was NOT hot. Restaurants open till 8pm. Had to leave to eat."

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
4.5 out of 5
1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL, 33314
The price is $259 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Hollywood. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a casino. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,535 reviews)
"Was my first time at the hotel and I really like"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort
Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort
4 out of 5
4060 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33308
The price is $179 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
3.8/5 Good! (2,170 reviews)
"another great stay at the ocean sky. looking forward to going back!"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
HYATT house Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port
HYATT house Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port
3 out of 5
90 SW 18th Avenue, Dania Beach, FL, 33004
The price is $129 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Dania Beach. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,362 reviews)
"I love everything about this property! Anytime I'm in Florida, I stay at Hyatt❤️"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

HYATT house Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port
Sonder The Circ
Sonder The Circ
4 out of 5
1790 Polk Street, Hollywood, FL, 33020
The price is $156 per night from Sep 14 to Sep 15
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Hollywood. Enjoy a rooftop terrace, a 24-hour fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (995 reviews)
"Great location friendly staff and clean"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2022

Sonder The Circ
Hyde Resort & Residences
Hyde Resort & Residences
4.5 out of 5
4111 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL, 33019
The price is $241 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 18
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Hollywood. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in ...
3.3/5 (1,289 reviews)
"The concierge office was great organizing pre-scheduled activities as well as getting things done when needed the front desk was amazing the welcoming was great however housekeeping was not the best . One particular housekeeper was rude, mad at everyone, and rolled her eyes. She threw items around ..."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

Hyde Resort & Residences
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Fort Lauderdale

Like most American cities, except the really big ones, Fort Lauderdale has limited public transportation. Rent a car if you can, but note there are alternatives too. Water taxis are a novel way to travel, although aren't cheap. The Sun Trolley Hop-on Bus will take you to many of the key areas in the city and is very affordable. Or, rent a bike at one of the Broward BCycle stands around the city. Visit the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority website. Browse Fort Lauderdale rental cars.

Best time to visit

Fort Lauderdale’s lovely winter climate carries on right through to spring, making it the ideal place to enjoy some sun when your hometown might not be as warm. Travel between December and April and you can expect temperatures to be anywhere from the high 50s F (10s C) to the mid 80s F (20s C). That means plenty of opportunity to enjoy the beautiful beaches on the east coast.

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