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Fort LauderdaleUnited States of America

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

Fort Lauderdale featuring a lighthouse, tropical scenes and a bay or harbour

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

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 CA $401 per night

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

4.1/5Very Good! (280 reviews)

"Was as expected, luxury, great service, nice people working, amazing light show, very clean, I'll be back that's for sure."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 26, 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 CA $103 per night

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

3.7/5Good! (3,362 reviews)

"It was a very relaxing stay and the staff is super nice and work hard."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 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 CA $136 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! (2,160 reviews)

"Excellent customer service. Quick and easy checkin. Very accommodating. Clean and beautiful room with excellent ocean view. Great food from restaurant on the property. Great location."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2020

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

Popular places to visit in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Beach
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Fort Lauderdale Beach

4.5/5(731 reviews)

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

Las Olas Boulevard
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Las Olas Boulevard

4.5/5(341 reviews)

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

Riverwalk
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Riverwalk

4.5/5(103 reviews)

Discover a scenic strip of parkland, shops and historic buildings in the center of the city.

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

CA $81
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show
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Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show

CA $64
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Flamingo Gardens, Botanical Gardens & Wildlife Sanctuary
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Flamingo Gardens, Botanical Gardens & Wildlife Sanctuary

CA $27
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Key West Day Trip from Fort Lauderdale
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Key West Day Trip from Fort Lauderdale

CA $155
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Go Miami Explorer pass: Choose 3, 4 or 5 Tours & Attractions
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Go Miami Explorer pass: Choose 3, 4 or 5 Tours & Attractions

CA $129
Per adult
Port everglades Shuttle to FLL Fort Lauderdale Airport
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Port everglades Shuttle to FLL Fort Lauderdale Airport

CA $22
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Fort Lauderdale

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 33.53057199211045%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 49.5069033530572%
3 - Okay
158
3 - Okay 15.581854043392505%
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2 - Disappointing 1.0848126232741617%
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1 - Terrible 0.2958579881656805%

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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