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Fort Lauderdale
Travel Guide

Florida’s city of canals and sunshine is the “Venice of America” and the perfect place to enjoy beach chic.

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.

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Where to stay in Fort Lauderdale

B Ocean Resort
B Ocean Resort
4 out of 5
1140 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is CA $376 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12

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! (3,510 reviews)

"The staff was amazing. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. I really enjoyed the beach, The staff on the beach were very upbeat and attentive. My room was clean and exactly as pictured. Our view was beautiful."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 8, 2021

B Ocean Resort
The Westin Fort Lauderdale
The Westin Fort Lauderdale
4 out of 5
400 Corporate Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is CA $137 per night from Apr 5 to Apr 6

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fort Lauderdale Stadium, Palm-Aire Country Club, and Funky Buddha Brewery. Isle Casino and Racing ...

4/5Very Good! (1,036 reviews)

"Clean room with all you need to spend a couple days off the routine. Staff able to assist. The only thing is I do request change of towels and they didn’t. But overall the experience was pleasant. Definitely we will return"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 4, 2021

The Westin Fort Lauderdale
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort
4 out of 5
1111 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood, FL
The price is CA $523 per night from Mar 22 to Mar 23

Located in Hollywood Beach, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 2 mi (3 km) of Hollywood Beach Theatre, Hollywood North Beach Park, and Anne ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,954 reviews)

"Excellent resort, staff and amenities. We will definitely be back!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 7, 2021

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach 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.
Hyde Resort & Residences
Hyde Resort & Residences
4.5 out of 5
4111 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL
The price is CA $489 per night from Mar 15 to Mar 16

Nestled on the beach, this Hollywood Beach aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hallandale Beach and Hollywood Beach. Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino is ...

3.4/5Good! (1,049 reviews)

"great location great rooms we had a suite big enough for us two"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 8, 2021

Hyde Resort & Residences
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 CA $123 per night from Apr 8 to Apr 9

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. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,944 reviews)

"Great property, well kept. The room was in great shape very clean."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 7, 2021

HYATT house Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port
SpringHill Suites Marriott Ft Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port
SpringHill Suites Marriott Ft Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port
3 out of 5
151 Sw 18th Ct, Dania Beach, FL
The price is CA $115 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2

Located in the heart of Dania Beach, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from K1 Speed and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from The Casino at Dania Beach. Dania Pointe and Young ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,629 reviews)

"Easy checkin, clean and comfortable. Nice view. Check out was easy"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 24, 2021

SpringHill Suites Marriott Ft Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port
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.

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Reviews of Fort Lauderdale

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4/5 - Good

HeinzG

Mar 25, 2020

Have been staying here in different hotels multiple times and love coming back. Will definitively find a different hotel next time.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 21, 2020

Area was very busy. People were rude and inpatient. Would not go back to this area

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 20, 2020

Love Fort Lauderdale

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 19, 2020

It was a nice place to spend a few days prior to a cruise.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 17, 2020

Airport needs more staff on hand, especially when two or three cruise ships arrive at the same time.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 16, 2020

We have been at fort lauderdale for many years.We were Snowbirds. Itis a lovely place to stay

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