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Fort LauderdaleUnited States of America

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

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Downtown Fort Lauderdale

4/5Very Good!(2,235 area reviews)

The stunning beaches and fantastic nightlife are just a few highlights of Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Make a stop by Las Olas Boulevard or Riverwalk while you're exploring the area.

Downtown Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale featuring interior views

East Fort Lauderdale

4.5/5Wonderful!(4,197 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in East Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale Beach and Las Olas Beach are top sights worth seeing.

East Fort Lauderdale
Old stomping grounds. 👙🎣✌🏻️

Lauderdale Beach

Lauderdale Beach might not have many top sights, but Fort Lauderdale Beach and Hugh Taylor Birch State Park are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Lauderdale Beach
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17th Street Causeway

4/5Very Good!(216 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of 17th Street Causeway is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Pier 66 Marina and Funderdome.

17th Street Causeway
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Lighthouse Point

Lighthouse Point is well-liked for its beaches. If you'd like to do some sightseeing in the greater Pompano Beach area, you might plan a trip to Deerfield Beach Pier or Festival Flea Market.

Lighthouse Point
Pompano Beach is a Florida city just north of Fort Lauderdale. It’s known for its beaches, marinas and offshore coral reef, plus numerous wrecks and other dive sites.

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Pompano Isles

4.5/5Wonderful!(247 area reviews)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Pompano Isles and surrounding area, you can visit Pompano Municipal Pier and Pompano Beach Amphitheatre.

Pompano Isles

Top Hotels in Fort Lauderdale

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock
The Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock
4.5 out of 5
1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL
The price is $309 per night

Situated in Hollywood, this luxury resort is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Seminole Casino Hollywood and within 3 mi (5 km) of Young Israel of Hollywood Beach Synagogue ...

4/5Very Good! (289 reviews)

"All was fine, excellent service good food good service and good vibes"…"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

The Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock
B Ocean Resort
B Ocean Resort
4 out of 5
1140 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is $77 per night

Located in East Fort Lauderdale, this beachfront resort is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Bahia Mar Marina, Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, and ...

3.7/5Good! (3,347 reviews)

"The price was reasonable for a hotel right on the beach. The room was a little small and the carpet dirty and outdated."…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

B Ocean Resort
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach
4 out of 5
999 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is $84 per night

Located in East Fort Lauderdale, this romantic resort is within a 15-minute walk of Fort Lauderdale Beach and The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale. Las Olas Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,147 reviews)

"Easy check in. Nice clean room. Pool service was excellent. Beach right across the street. Valet took longer than expected but they were very nice about it so I can’t complain."…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

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.

Popular places to visit in Fort Lauderdale

Hollywood Beach
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Hollywood Beach

4.5/5(6,382 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Hollywood Beach, a popular beach in Hollywood. Check out the casinos and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Port Everglades
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Port Everglades

4/5(3,772 reviews)

Explore the waterfront of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, and enjoy activities such as boating. Wander the area's beautiful beaches or simply enjoy one of its lively bars.

Fort Lauderdale Beach
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Fort Lauderdale Beach

4.5/5(5,073 reviews)

With seven miles of flawless beach, a team of dedicated lifeguards and luxury retailers and restaurants, this is the perfect Florida vacation destination.

Seminole Hard Rock Casino Hollywood
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Seminole Hard Rock Casino Hollywood

4/5(705 reviews)

Why not try your luck with a visit to Seminole Hard Rock Casino Hollywood where you can enjoy the entertainment at this popular casino in Hollywood? Discover the area's beautiful sunrises and shops.

Sawgrass Mills
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Sawgrass Mills

4.5/5(3,257 reviews)

One of America’s largest malls, this massive shopping complex offers exceptional bargains on high-end merchandise.

Las Olas Boulevard
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Las Olas Boulevard

4.5/5(2,173 reviews)

Shops, art galleries and restaurants line a two-lane street that is Fort Lauderdale’s answer to California’s Rodeo Drive. 

Top things to do in Fort Lauderdale

All You Can Eat BBQ Dinner Show at Tropical Isle with Cruise
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All You Can Eat BBQ Dinner Show at Tropical Isle with Cruise

$60
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
90-Minute Narrated Sightseeing Cruise
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90-Minute Narrated Sightseeing Cruise

$23
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Everglades Airboat Adventure and Animal Sanctuary Admission
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Everglades Airboat Adventure and Animal Sanctuary Admission

$25
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show
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Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show

$47
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Flamingo Gardens, Botanical Gardens & Wildlife Sanctuary
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Flamingo Gardens, Botanical Gardens & Wildlife Sanctuary

$20
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Port everglades Shuttle to FLL Fort Lauderdale Airport
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Port everglades Shuttle to FLL Fort Lauderdale Airport

$16
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Fort Lauderdale

4.2

Top Destination

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 6, 2020

Stayed during pandemic, not exactly a good time to explore any city...and the beaches were closed.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 5, 2020

I love ft Lauderdale it was one of ur staff members I didn't appreciate

4/5 - Good

Fluffyt

Jun 2, 2020

It's hard to find a place to living in your price range

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 28, 2020

Did spend much time in Fort Lauderdale because this hotel was so horrible and dirty that we left after 20 mins and booked another hotel in the Plantation area. Worst hotel I've ever been too. Expediate should investigate and remove it from listing

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 28, 2020

Great vacation spot a lot to do around there.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 28, 2020

I love ft Lauderdale I’ll be back soon

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