Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Fort Lauderdale showing tropical scenes, a bay or harbor 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.

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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
The price is ¥6,707 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Situated in Fort Lauderdale, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of DRV PNK Stadium, Swap Shop, and Veterans Park. Sunrise Country Club and Woodmont Country Club ...
2.3/5 (3,265 reviews)
"Staff is very exceptional"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

Plaza Hotel Fort Lauderdale
B Ocean Resort
B Ocean Resort
4 out of 5
1140 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is ¥21,918 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in East Fort Lauderdale, this beachfront resort is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Bahia Mar Marina and Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. ...
3.6/5 Good! (3,313 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

B Ocean Resort
Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort
Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort
4 out of 5
4060 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is ¥26,033 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Nestled on the beach, this East Fort Lauderdale hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lauderdale By The Sea Beach and Fort Lauderdale Beach. Anglins Fishing Pier and ...
3.9/5 Good! (2,369 reviews)
"Elevator went right down to pool area Gym was clean and neat ….. I thought breakfast was a little expensive two omelettes 2 cups of coffee tip was included over $50 for some eggs if price was a little more reasonable more people will definitely have breakfast there"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 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.
Ocean Drive Villas
Ocean Drive Villas
3.5 out of 5
1701 North Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL
The price is ¥8,551 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Located in Hollywood Beach, this villa is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Hollywood Beach and within 9 mi (15 km) of Aventura Mall and Port Everglades. Historic Stranahan ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (649 reviews)
"It was nice that the rooms have a kitchen area with a stove and fridge. The ocean and promenade are just a short walk up the street."

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

Ocean Drive Villas
Hollywood Beach Tower by Capital Vacations
Hollywood Beach Tower by Capital Vacations
3.5 out of 5
301 Harrison St, Hollywood, FL
Nestled on the beach, this Hollywood Beach condo resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of North Broadwalk and Hollywood Beach. Hollywood North Beach Park is 1.9 mi (3 ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,703 reviews)
"Great view of the ocean, nice staff, big room"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2022

Hollywood Beach Tower by Capital Vacations
Sonder | The Circ
Sonder | The Circ
3.5 out of 5
1790 Polk Street, Hollywood, FL
The price is ¥15,006 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Located in Downtown Hollywood, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from The ArtsPark at Young Circle and within 3 mi (5 km) of Hollywood Beach and Gulfstream Park ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (743 reviews)
"Nice laid back location yet centrally located. Room was very clean, nicely designed and bright. No noise at all."

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2022

Sonder | The Circ
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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