One of Florida's most notorious "tourism knots". It's highly popular among both old and young travelers, some US citizens even retreat to Florida at an old age.
It's also considered "The Venice of America" and it's a great place for a summer vacation, although a hot humid tropical area, this part of the USA offers plenty of attractions and activities: yachting, night life, beach life, sports etc.
There are few cities in the US where vacation home rental is more popular than here. Overall there aren't many things to see, when compared to Orlando or Miami, but the atmosphere and beach life can be frenetically fun!
Florida last minute deals are often published with high emphasis on Fort Lauderdale. Hopefully our guide will be useful in finding afforable relaxation and enjoying sunray-beaten beaches down there!
Fort Lauderdale Factsheet
Population: 165.521 (in 2010) in City; 5,564 million (in 2010) in metropolitan area
Local language(s): English
Other widely spoken or understood languages: -
Country, State: USA, Florida
Voltage info: 110/120 V, 60 Hz - Plug type: A, B
Time zine: EST (UTC-5)
Getting There & Away
You can fly in by arriving at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport to get closest to Fort Lauderdale.
Or, you can try landing at Miami International Airport and take a bus, rental car from there.
Other, smaller airports in the area are the Palm Beach International Airport, the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport - the latter used by the rich, the VIPs, private jet flyers.
Interstate I-95 and I-595/I-75 are the roads that will bring you to Fort Lauderdale.
Greyhound buses operate frequently, but a rental car will give you more freedom of movement.
Tri-Rail, which is a communter rail network connecting Miami Airport with Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach is a way to travel between the three cities.
Amtrak also serves the Fort Lauderdale area: Broward Boulevard and the suburb of Hollywood give home to the train stations.
See & Do
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Some might call it "The Strip".
Except the wide variety of beach activities, walking along the shoreline and admiring the luxury villas can be a pleasant experience, especially if you haven't been to coastal USA before
High-rise buildings, stylish restaurants, luxury hotels have been opened in this part of the city.
The Browards Center for Performing Arts, the Museum of Art are some of the most important urban attractions located in the central area.
Eat & Drink
You'll find just about anything you want to eat.
Great steaks, fish restaurants and pizzerias are plentiful. Chinese, Italian, Mexican restaurants are abundant.
Rent a car, it's the best way to reach longer distances. Overall within the city the distances aren't very large, so if you're staying only in Fort Lauderdale, then just walk or take a taxi!
When to Visit Fort Lauderdale at Last Minute?
Peak season is January - April. Very little rain, plenty of sunshine. Throughout March, April and May the beaches are crowded. Of course, during peak season, the prices soar.
May - September is off-season and that's exactly when prices "get chopped", so you should be on the lookout for last minute discounts. Though, you can also check late April for last minute deals... Ship trips and hotels are what you should aim at, they bring the best value for price when booking late.
The worst time (the "no go period") for visiting Fort Lauderdale at last minute is October through December, also known as the "hurricane season". Expect storms, plenty of humidity. Unpleasant... Of course, the lowest prices are in this interval of time. But, who wants to see Florida during hurricane season?
The good thing about this city is that cruises from Florida often depart from here, not only from the bigger Miami.
Car theft and theft in general at night are issues to prepared for.
Overall, it's much safer than Miami.
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