Fort Lauderdale is located on the southeaster tip of the Florida
peninsula, 23 miles north of Miami. It has a population of under 200,000 but there are more
than 5 million people in the urban area that also includes Miami.
The city derives its name from a series of fortifications built by Major
William Lauderdale in the Second Seminole War during the 1830s.
Today Fort Lauderdale is sometimes called the Venice of America, because of the
intricate system of rivers and canals that the city is built on.
Many famous wealthy people have chosen to live along the waterways of Fort
The summer months in Fort Lauderdale are hot and humid
with frequent thunder storms. The tourist season starts in December
and lasts through April. During this period, the rainfall decreases
and the weather is excellent. Expect average winter highs of 78 F (25 C) and
average lows of 60 F (16 C).
Port Everglades is the largest cruise ship harbor in the
United States and is the starting point for many Caribbean cruises. The port is a short cab ride from Fort Lauderdale
- Hollywood International Airport. The Miami airport is just over a
half hour away, so there are options as to travel routes by air. The cruise terminal, in
combination with nearby Fort Lauderdale Beach, results in an abundance of
accommodation that is easily accessible by cab from the
airport. For local transportation it is hard to beat the Sun
Trolley. The trolley bus is extremely inexpensive. It has no
predetermined stops on its routes and will stop for anyone who flags it
down. The Tri Rail
joins the city to Miami.
Things to see and do in Fort Lauderdale:
Visit the Las Olas Boulevard / Riverfront.
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Take a Water
Taxi through the rivers and canals
immediately inland from the beach. Catch a water taxi near the
beach and ride to town for lunch.
scenic river cruise on the Carrie B paddle-wheel boat
down the New River or start at the Bahia Mar marina and take the Jungle
Queen up the New River. See expensive waterfront
properties and yachts on what is known as the Intercoastal Waterway. The Jungle Queen has excellent narration,
but they stop at their own island for concession stands and caged
animals instead of letting passengers wander through the Las Olas
Riverfront. Those looking for a less touristy experience may
prefer the Water
Taxi or the Carrie B, which starts in Las Olas.