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.

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, 33319
The price is CA $75 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and room service. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the ...
2.2/5 (3,544 reviews)
"The rooms are in poor condition, disappointing."

Reviewed on May 8, 2022

Plaza Hotel Fort Lauderdale
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, 33019
The price is CA $382 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Hollywood. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and a marina. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,201 reviews)

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton
Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort
Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort
4 out of 5
4060 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33308
The price is CA $269 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
3.8/5 Good! (2,270 reviews)
"Nice location, very friendly staff. Nice pool, clean and nice beach."

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Ocean Sky Hotel and 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.
Sonder The Circ
Sonder The Circ
4 out of 5
1790 Polk Street, Hollywood, FL, 33020
The price is CA $146 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Hollywood. Enjoy a rooftop terrace, a fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (837 reviews)
"Modern and clean place"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Sonder The Circ
Hyde Resort & Residences
Hyde Resort & Residences
4.5 out of 5
4111 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL, 33019
The price is CA $335 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Hollywood. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in ...
3.3/5 (1,237 reviews)
"Great location, great views of the ocean,. Amazing pool for the kids. Staff was a little on the so-so side at the pool area for food and beverage. Check-in was very easy and accommodating."

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

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, 33004
The price is CA $188 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Dania Beach. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,255 reviews)
"Only 8 minutes from the airport with a free shuttle!"

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

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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