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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

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Downtown Fort Lauderdale

4/5Very Good!(2,235 area reviews)

The stunning beaches and fantastic nightlife are just a few highlights of Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Make a stop by Las Olas Boulevard or Riverwalk while you're exploring the area.

Downtown Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale featuring interior views

East Fort Lauderdale

4.5/5Wonderful!(4,197 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in East Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale Beach and Las Olas Beach are top sights worth seeing.

East Fort Lauderdale
Old stomping grounds. 👙🎣✌🏻️

Lauderdale Beach

Lauderdale Beach might not have many top sights, but Fort Lauderdale Beach and Hugh Taylor Birch State Park are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Lauderdale Beach
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17th Street Causeway

4/5Very Good!(216 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of 17th Street Causeway is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Pier 66 Marina and Funderdome.

17th Street Causeway
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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
Pompano Beach is a Florida city just north of Fort Lauderdale. It’s known for its beaches, marinas and offshore coral reef, plus numerous wrecks and other dive sites.

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Pompano Isles

4.5/5Wonderful!(247 area reviews)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Pompano Isles and surrounding area, you can visit Pompano Municipal Pier and Pompano Beach Amphitheatre.

Pompano Isles

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 ¥32,312 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 22

Situated in Hollywood, this luxury resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Seminole Casino Hollywood and Seminole Hard Rock Casino Hollywood. Young Israel of Hollywood ...

4/5Very Good! (312 reviews)

"I when for my husband Brithday. .We stay for one day at the Guitar .The room were great it was perfect and had a great time ."…"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 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 ¥8,679 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

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

3.7/5Good! (3,331 reviews)

"Great location and the pool was beautiful. But seemed understaffed and not very pleasant. Would still come back, great rooms and I love the location."…"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 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 ¥12,355 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 20

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! (2,143 reviews)

"We had a fantastic stay! From the early check in to the late check out :) the room was excellent! Direct ocean view was gorgeous:)!! Super friendly staff, thank you!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2020

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

Popular places to visit in Fort Lauderdale

Hollywood Beach
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Hollywood Beach

4.5/5(6,382 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Hollywood Beach, a popular beach in Hollywood. Check out the casinos and lively bars in this walkable area.

Port Everglades
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Port Everglades

4/5(3,772 reviews)

Explore the waterfront of Port Everglades in Dania Beach, and enjoy activities such as boating. Wander the area's beautiful beaches or simply enjoy one of its lively bars.

Fort Lauderdale Beach
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Fort Lauderdale Beach

4.5/5(5,073 reviews)

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

Seminole Hard Rock Casino Hollywood
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Seminole Hard Rock Casino Hollywood

4/5(705 reviews)

Why not try your luck with a visit to Seminole Hard Rock Casino Hollywood where you can enjoy the entertainment at this popular casino in Hollywood? Discover the area's beautiful sunrises and casinos.

Sawgrass Mills
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Sawgrass Mills

4.5/5(3,257 reviews)

One of America’s largest malls, this massive shopping complex offers exceptional bargains on high-end merchandise.

Las Olas Boulevard
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Las Olas Boulevard

4.5/5(2,173 reviews)

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

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

¥6,405
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Everglades Airboat Adventure and Animal Sanctuary Admission
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Everglades Airboat Adventure and Animal Sanctuary Admission

¥2,646
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show
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Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show

¥5,020
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Flamingo Gardens, Botanical Gardens & Wildlife Sanctuary
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Flamingo Gardens, Botanical Gardens & Wildlife Sanctuary

¥2,131
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Tidal Cove
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Tidal Cove

¥6,944
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Port everglades Shuttle to FLL Fort Lauderdale Airport
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Port everglades Shuttle to FLL Fort Lauderdale Airport

¥1,709
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Fort Lauderdale

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Top Destination

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 6, 2020

Stayed during pandemic, not exactly a good time to explore any city...and the beaches were closed.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 5, 2020

I love ft Lauderdale it was one of ur staff members I didn't appreciate

4/5 - Good

Fluffyt

Jun 2, 2020

It's hard to find a place to living in your price range

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 28, 2020

Did spend much time in Fort Lauderdale because this hotel was so horrible and dirty that we left after 20 mins and booked another hotel in the Plantation area. Worst hotel I've ever been too. Expediate should investigate and remove it from listing

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 28, 2020

Great vacation spot a lot to do around there.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 28, 2020

I love ft Lauderdale I’ll be back soon

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