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Visiting Fort Lauderdale: Here's what you should know


With tropical summers & temperate winters, Fort Lauderdale is a great place to visit.

With its charming canals, Florida city is a popular spring break destination. The city is nicknamed "Venice of America". It is home to pristine beaches, a diverse mix of arts, and a dazzling array of restaurants on the Gold Coast. 

A 37-kilometer stretch of white sand beaches nestles between Latino Miami and opulent Boca Raton. It boasts 480 kilometers of canals, high-rise architecture, and centuries of history. With tropical summers & temperate winters, Fort Lauderdale is a great place to visit. 

How to get there

  • Flying - The Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport is the city's primary airport. Shuttle buses connect the airport with nearby hotels. You can also take a taxi or rent a car from foxrentacar. Fox is a pioneer in the field of discount retailing that caters to budget-conscious travelers. You can travel hassle-free with them, wherever you choose to go.
  • Bus - Buses run to Fort Lauderdale, the terminal at 515 NE 3rd Street.

Good time to visit
During the winter (December to April), the snowbirds are known to hit the slopes. The temperatures range from 10 to 26°C (50 to 80°F), and there is plenty of sunshine, making Fort Lauderdale the ideal winter destination.

Things to do
In Fort Lauderdale, you will find a blend of city living and ocean adventure. You can enjoy water sports, explore hidden natural settings, and enjoy the comforts of an urban area.

  • Lauderdale-by-the-Sea – The city boasts a vibrant downtown, tranquil beaches, and coral reefs within reach of the shore.
  • Everglades National Park – Florida's largest national park features Alligators, birds, and airboat tours.
  • Boating – Fort Lauderdale's 300+ miles of navigable waterways can be explored on a boat tour.

Best restaurants for dining
South Florida's Latin influence is clear in Fort Lauderdale's food scene. 

  • Louie Bossi’s Italian Ristorante: The restaurant serves wood-fired pizzas and weekend brunch on its outdoor terrace.
  • 15th Street Fisheries: Fort Lauderdale's premier seafood restaurant offering fine dining or casual meals.
  • Sea Watch On The Ocean: The restaurant offers spectacular ocean views and beachfront seating.

Hidden spots to discover
Here are a few hidden treasures in Fort Lauderdale that will ensure an enjoyable visit.

The Yard In Wilton Manors 

  • Fort Lauderdale offers a variety of quirky boutiques and restaurants in this lush, serene area. Lola's Bazaar Art and Music offer artwork, handmade jewelry, vinyl records, and breakfast and brunch. 

Secret Woods Nature Center

  • A 57-acre park lies between Marina Mile Boulevard and the New River. The park has a butterfly garden, a nature center, and nature trails. While walking through the forest, discover the art installations and watch the local wildlife. 

Ways to move around
Fort Lauderdale's public transportation isn't designed for tourists, but there are alternatives.

  • Walking: Walking is possible in each neighborhood (e.g. downtown, the beach, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea). 
  • Driving: Taking advantage of your time is suggested, but parking costs a lot.

Some tips and tricks

  • It's okay To Get Wet: Although thunderstorms are predicted every day during the summer, they are usually brief or held off.
  • Sun Protection Is A Must: Cover up, wear sunscreen, and protect yourself from the tropical sun.
  • Check Wind Speed: A windy day is miserable if you are boating. Prepare accordingly.
  • Get An Early Start: It is best to exercise outdoors in the early morning when temperatures are the coolest.

Explore Fort Lauderdale to discover just how much fun you can have. Take advantage of unique attractions and enjoy fun activities. Visit Florida, and you will have a lot of good times.

Photo by Daniel Halseth on Unsplash

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