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Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida
Fort Lauderdale Beach

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 Lauderdale.


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.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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.

  • Take a 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.

  • International Swimming Hall of Fame

Yacht, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Waterfront home, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Waterfront homes

Things to see and do near Fort Lauderdale:

  • Butterfly World - 15 minutes from downtown.

  • Travel west 25 minutes to Sawgrass Recreation Park for an airboat excursion and alligator viewing.

  • Travel north a half hour along the coast to Miami on the Tri Rail.  It's very inexpensive.  

  • Take a day trip south to Key West.

  • Travel north 3 hours to Orlando in central Florida to visit Epcot Cente, Sea World, Universal Studios and Disney World.

  • Travel north 3 hours along the coast to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex at Cape Canaveral.

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Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport - (FLL) - includes list of hotels with a shuttle.

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