Fort Lauderdale Beaches

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in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale prefers sophistication, as long as it doesn’t interfere too much with the relaxed attitude. Tourism in Fort Lauderdale is the city’s primary business so you should have no concern about standing out in the crowd. After all, everyone’s doing their own thing because this is a city where people go to relax, sit on the Fort Lauderdale beaches and generally have a good time. So, settle in, slow down and enjoy.

Events in Fort Lauderdale

Taste of the Beach

February

4501 North Ocean Drive

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Taste of the Beach is a good excuse to have fun in February as local restaurants show off their food, people enjoy wine and beer tastings and a silent auction provides a touch of drama

Dania Beach Marine Flea Market

March

301 East Dania Beach Boulevard

Dania Beach, FL

Ahoy matey! It’s the closest you’ll get to being a pirate, as sea-faring bargain-hunters gather at this outdoor market to haggle over all things marine, from scuba gear to boats.

Las Olas Food and Wine Festival

April

Fort Lauderdale, FL

This is the sophisticated way to go out drinking with your friends. A ticket to the event costs $100, which gets you unlimited samplings of wine and micro brews…oh, and food.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

October

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Go to this event to finally find out what a catamaran is, or to see a super yacht, which may or may not have wings.

Cajun Zydeco Festival

November

Starts at Martin Luther King Drive and 35th Street

Fort Lauderdale, FL

+1 773 536 3710

It’s Cajun food, crawfish and zydeco music all day, every day. There’s not much else to say, except that it’s a heck of a good time.

Winterfest Boat Parade

December

Lakefront at North Avenue Beach

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Sit back and enjoy as boats decorated with lights float down the Intracoastal Waterway.

Essentials

With a population of about 185,000 people, Fort Lauderdale isn’t a large city. However, it does draw quite a crowd with more than 10 million people visiting each year. And why wouldn’t it? The city has 23 miles of beaches, 288 parks and an average temperature of 77 degrees. And, in case you were wondering: yes, the weather’s that nice.  

Fort Lauderdale is part of the larger Broward County area which includes Dania Beach, Coral Springs, Hollywood, Pompano Beach and Sunrise, to name a few. While there are public transportation options, like rickshaws, a trip outside of Fort Lauderdale would most likely require a rental car. Besides, if people aren’t on their yacht in Fort Lauderdale, they’re probably cruising around in their convertible. Yes, the weather’s that nice.

Despite the relaxed atmosphere, there are always great things to do in Fort Lauderdale. If the museums, outdoor attractions, restaurants or water sports—like sailing and jet skiing—don’t get your attention, you can always wander down to one of the Fort Lauderdale beaches, find that perfect spot in the sand and watch the waves roll in, because, yes, the weather’s that nice.

Resources

Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau
If you need to know something about Fort Lauderdale, you can find it here.

Broward-Palm Beach New Times
Every city has its intimate quirks, and this alternative publication isn’t afraid to tell you what Fort Lauderdale’s are.

Weather
Check the weather, then tell your friends back home about it.

Getting Around Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
One of the fastest growing airports in the United States, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International is about 15 minutes from downtown.

Miami International Airport (MIA)
An alternative to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, MIA is about 45 minutes from downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Oceanview Rickshaw Bicycle Tours
It’s like riding a bike, but someone else does the hard part. The price depends on the starting point and destination.

Port Everglades
If you’re arriving by boat, you can park your vessel here.

Rental Cars
The best place to rent a car is at the airport. However, if you find yourself in need of transportation for a day trip, your Hyatt concierge will be glad to assist.

Sun Trolley
Trollies travel along a route with no specific stops. Just wave and the bus will pick you up. A ride can cost $.50 depending on where you go, but most of the time, it’s free.

Water Taxi
Simply hop on board and head to your destination. An all-day unlimited pass is $20. After 7 p.m., the cost is $7.

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