Fort Lauderdale

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Fort Lauderdale showing a bay or harbour, a beach and a sunset

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

Plaza Hotel Fort Lauderdale
Plaza Hotel Fort Lauderdale
3.5 out of 5
5100 N State Rd 7, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is CA $64 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated in Fort Lauderdale, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of DRV PNK Stadium, Veterans Park, and Fort Lauderdale Swan Shop. Sunrise Country Club and Swap ...
2.4/5 (3,153 reviews)
"Price"

Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2021

Plaza Hotel Fort Lauderdale
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
4.5 out of 5
1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL
The price is CA $389 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Located near the airport, this family-friendly resort is within 9 mi (15 km) of Port Everglades, Hollywood Beach, and Broward Center for the Performing Arts. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,586 reviews)
"I loved my stay at the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood Florida. The hotel is beautiful and was clean. I enjoyed the vibe at the casino."

Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2021

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
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
The price is CA $252 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in Hollywood South Central Beach, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 10-minute walk of Hollywood Beach and Hallandale Beach. North ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,090 reviews)
"As in any resort, you have to pay extra for everything: parking, cabanas etc. What’s not nice that stuff is not following the same directions daily for everyone. Very rude and unpleasant "captain " will run after you forcing you to leave area because you brought bag with 2 bottles of water, after ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2021

Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton
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Sonder | Society Las Olas
Sonder | Society Las Olas
3.5 out of 5
301 Southwest 1st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is CA $134 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, this aparthotel is steps from NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Boulevard, and Riverwalk. Broward County Library ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (16 reviews)
"Property was very safe & secured . Apartment was very clean . It’s exactly like the picture. No hassle, Staff was very wonderful & welcoming. Surrounding restaurants and bars were really good ( Bottega & The Wharf) Pool & jacuzzi are GREAT!"

Reviewed on Oct. 15, 2021

Sonder | Society Las Olas
Hyde Resort & Residences
Hyde Resort & Residences
4.5 out of 5
4111 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL
The price is CA $288 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
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 (1,185 reviews)
"I was at 40 floor Ocean view, spectacular the view and the apartment. Pool was amazing. I will come back soon."

Reviewed on Oct. 11, 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 $170 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
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. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,111 reviews)
"It was just a nice, clean place for a pre-cruise sleep. It was like a small apartment, It had a full size fridge, 2 burner stove and a dishwasher and microwave!"

Reviewed on Sep. 13, 2021

HYATT house Fort 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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