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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

Plaza Hotel Fort Lauderdale
Plaza Hotel Fort Lauderdale
3.5 out of 5
5100 N State Rd 7, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is $59 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Situated in Fort Lauderdale, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Fort Lauderdale Stadium, Veterans Park, and Fort Lauderdale Swan Shop. Sunrise Country Club ...
2.5/5 (2,850 reviews)
"Good locations"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

Plaza Hotel Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale Marriott North
Fort Lauderdale Marriott North
4 out of 5
6650 N Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is $111 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Palm-Aire Country Club, Fort Lauderdale Stadium, and Isle Casino and Racing. Fort ...
4.1/5Very Good! (947 reviews)
"I like that they were clean and disinfect at the end of the night at the hotel"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2021

Fort Lauderdale Marriott North
B Ocean Resort
B Ocean Resort
4 out of 5
1140 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is $174 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
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 ...
3.6/5Good! (3,583 reviews)
"Everything was great my hold stay"

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2021

B Ocean 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
The price is $149 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Port Everglades, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and Museum of Discovery and Science. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,074 reviews)
"Friendly staff"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

HYATT house Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port
Hyde Resort & Residences
Hyde Resort & Residences
4.5 out of 5
4111 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL
The price is $332 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
Nestled on the beach, this Hollywood South Central Beach aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hallandale Beach and Hollywood Beach. Gulfstream Park Racing ...
3.4/5 (1,155 reviews)
"This place was beautiful, the room were extremely big and spacious. The hotel front desk were nice. The views were amazing."

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Hyde Resort & Residences
Sonesta ES Suites Fort Lauderdale Plantation
Sonesta ES Suites Fort Lauderdale Plantation
3 out of 5
410 N Pine Island Rd, Plantation, FL
The price is $149 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Situated in Plantation, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Westfield Broward Mall, Jacaranda Golf Club, and Plantation Heritage Park. Plantation Village ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,125 reviews)
"Love the kitchen in the rooms – so convenient. Good price. A few things were missed by the cleaning crew (for example an old washcloth on top of the shower curtain, a hair in the bathtub...), which is unfortunate... But they allowed us to check in early because of a medical condition so I'm sure ..."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Fort Lauderdale Plantation
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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