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Fort Lauderdale
Travel Guide

Deerfield Beach featuring swimming, tropical scenes and a beach

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

Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort
Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort
4 out of 5
The price is HK$1,545 per night from 3 May to 4 May
Nestled on the beach, this East Fort Lauderdale hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Anglins Fishing Pier and Fort Lauderdale Beach. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,893 reviews)
"Property was nice, clean, staff was very helpful and enjoy the view of the beach very much. I feel it would have been nice to see somebody bring chairs to the beach; saw so many people taking their own chairs to the beach."

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2021

Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort
Red Carpet Inn Airport/Cruiseport
Red Carpet Inn Airport/Cruiseport
2 out of 5
The price is HK$494 per night from 4 May to 5 May
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Secret Woods Nature Center and within 3 miles (5 km) of Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum and ...
3.3/5 (4,081 reviews)
"Property is ungoing renovations, but it doesn’t affect the guests in any way. Great job"

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2021

Red Carpet Inn Airport/Cruiseport
The Westin Fort Lauderdale
The Westin Fort Lauderdale
4 out of 5
The price is HK$1,037 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Fort Lauderdale Stadium, Palm-Aire Country Club and Funky Buddha Brewery. Isle Casino and Racing ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,093 reviews)
"Waking up in front of the beach was my favorite part."

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2021

The Westin Fort Lauderdale
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.
Hollywood Beach Tower by Capital Vacations
Hollywood Beach Tower by Capital Vacations
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$1,086 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
Nestled on the beach, this Hollywood Beach condominium resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of North Broadwalk and Hollywood Beach. Hollywood North Beach Park is 1.9 ...
3.8/5Good! (1,544 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay very much. Beautiful view, clean room everything you need in walking distance. Pool cafe was great, good food, reasonably priced and amazing staff. The entire staff was so friendly and accommodating. Will definitely be back"

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2021

Hollywood Beach Tower by Capital Vacations
SpringHill Suites Marriott Ft Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port
SpringHill Suites Marriott Ft Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port
3 out of 5
The price is HK$753 per night from 10 May to 11 May
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! (1,668 reviews)
"Property was clean and the fairly unique pool was a great sight to see from my room. It’s in an excellent location, within walking distance of a ton of food and shopping and right off the highway. The only thing I can really say about the property is that the carpet could use changing. Will definitely ..."

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2021

SpringHill Suites Marriott Ft Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port
Vacation Village at Bonaventure
Vacation Village at Bonaventure
3 out of 5
Situated in Weston, this condominium resort is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Markham Park and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Weston Town Center. Sawgrass Mills and Cleveland Clinic ...
3.6/5Good! (684 reviews)
Great Place, Great Resort.
"My biggest thing was cleanliness and accuracy of what was advertised, and I was satisfied with both. Some of the linen was a bit dirty or had old stains on them, that would be my only complaint but I’d stay here again."

Reviewed on 6 Apr 2021

Vacation Village at Bonaventure
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

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10 Mar 2020

Nice walk down the front

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Jan 2020

Close to airport

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Nov 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed our time in the area and surrounding beaches

5/5 - Excellent

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23 Oct 2019

Loved the place

4/5 - Good

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8 Oct 2019

Do not eat at ibiza resturant. Very very expensive for awful food.

5/5 - Excellent

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3 Sep 2019

Lovely area, great beach, fantastic places to eat - Coconuts was a local favourite and the food and service there was excellent. Worth finding it (near Swimming Hall of Fame) and booking in advance (even for lunch service).