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Fort Lauderdale is at the heart of South Florida’s Gold Coast, known for sunshine, golden beaches and watersports. With Latino-influence Miami to the south and posh Boca Raton to the north, Fort Lauderdale is a laid-back and central location along a 23-mile (37-kilometer) strip of beautiful beaches. The 300 miles (480 kilometers) of inland canals and waterways, towering luxury high-rise architecture and 100-year-old history all add to the city's immense appeal.
With tropical summers and relatively mild winters, Fort Lauderdale offers year-round activities. Remember to enjoy what Fort Lauderdale is famous for, its beaches. Relax at the uncrowded Dania Beach, dine in style at Fort Lauderdale Beach, or head to Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, a cute village by the ocean. Further north you will find a string of beaches and seaside communities, including Jupiter Beach and Palm Beach.
The palm-fringed beaches attract sun seekers and are a hub for outdoor fun, from rollerblading to surfing. Las Olas Boulevard has many of the area’s best restaurants, cafes, bars and boutiques. Close by, Riverwalk’s pink-paved sidewalk takes you past luxury yachts and cruise boats to the prestigious Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
Shopping in Fort Lauderdale ranges from the upscale, air-conditioned comfort of the Galleria Mall to the eclectic Festival Flea Market Mall. Explore the Swap Shop, another emporium for bargain hunting, which hosts drive-in movies after dark.
Fort Lauderdale is also home to a handful of top museums and gardens. The Museum of Discovery and Science is great for families, with plenty of hands-on exhibits, animals and an IMAX theater.
Don’t miss the Flamingo Gardens, one of the longest established botanical gardens in South Florida. It features the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary, which has the most comprehensive collection of Florida's native wildlife in the state. Another family favorite is Butterfly World where you can walk among more than 80 species of butterflies in superb tropical rainforest gardens.
Accommodation in Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale is known to be a popular tourism destination, with as many as 329 Fort Lauderdale accommodation listings that can be booked through Expedia.
Fine examples of upscale accommodation options in or near Fort Lauderdale are the Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, and the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, 3030 Holiday Dr. The Lago Mar Resort Hotel And Club and the Marriott Hollywood Beach can also be considered. The address of the Lago Mar Resort Hotel And Club is 1700 South Ocean Lane, while the Marriott Hollywood Beach is located at 2501 N Ocean Dr.
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale stands steps from 7-mile (11.2-km) Fort Lauderdale Beach. Guests can drive 15 minutes to the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District, dotted with theaters, museums, and galleries. Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport is 8 miles (12.9 km) from the hotel.
This eco-friendly hotel is located near the Fort Lauderdale airport and Port Everglades cruise port, and the Broward convention center. Downtown Fort Lauderdale is 5 miles from the property.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of K1 Speed and Boomers. Topeekeegee Yugnee Park and Gallery of Amazing Things are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Galleria and Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and Historic Stranahan House Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Discovery and Science and Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Las Olas Riverfront and Historic Stranahan House Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Las Olas Beach, Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, and Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Historic Stranahan House Museum is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.
Situated in Fort Lauderdale, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Lakes Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Fort Lauderdale Stadium and Swap Shop. Westgate Shopping Center and Woodmont Country Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Anglins Fishing Pier, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, and Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. Funky Buddha Brewery and English Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).