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Fort LauderdaleUnited States of America

A sunny coastal city in Florida with its charming network of canals make this the Venice of America and a popular Spring Break destination.

Fort Lauderdale dishes up pristine beaches, an eclectic mix of art and culture, and a dazzling array of dining options in the heart of South Florida's Gold Coast. Tucked between the Latino-influenced Miami in the south and the luxurious Boca Raton in the north, Fort Lauderdale's 37-kilometre stretch of centrally located white sand beaches beckons visitors looking for a relaxed, sunny holiday. Adding to the city's charm is the 480 kilometres of inland canals and waterways, luxury high-rise architecture and rich century-old history.

With tropical summers and temperate winters, Fort Lauderdale is a popular holiday destination all year round. Spend some time on one of the beaches that Fort Lauderdale is renowned for. Sunbathe at the secluded Dania Beach, unwind in a swanky restaurant at Fort Lauderdale Beach, or explore Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, an adorable ocean-side village. Head up north where a strip of beaches and seaside communities lie, including the ever popular Jupiter Beach and Palm Beach.

While the stretches of golden sand attract beach lovers and offer a myriad of outdoor activities, from rollerblading to surfing, head to the busy Las Olas Boulevard where you’ll find some of the area’s best restaurants, cafés, bars and boutiques. Not far away are Riverwalk’s scenic pink-paved walkways which wind among luxury yachts and cruise boats to the acclaimed Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Shoppers will delight in Fort Lauderdale's plate of offerings. From the up-market, air-conditioned Galleria Mall to the expansive Festival Flea Market Mall where bargains abound, the options are plentiful. Bargain hunters should also head to the Swap Shop, which sells discounted merchandise and hosts drive-in movies after dark.

Besides the typical beach scene, there are some great museums and beautiful gardens waiting to be explored. Visit the Museum of Discovery and Science for hours of family fun with hands-on exhibits, animals, and an IMAX theatre.

Visit the Flamingo Gardens, one of the oldest botanical gardens in South Florida and the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary within, which houses the largest collection of Florida's native wildlife in the state. Families will also delight in Butterfly World, which whisks visitors into a tropical rainforest paradise with more than 50 species of butterfly flitting about.

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Where to stay in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale which includes a lighthouse, a bay or harbour and general coastal views

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

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 AU$488 per night

Situated in Hollywood, this luxury resort is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Seminole Casino Hollywood and within 3 miles (5 km) of Young Israel of Hollywood Beach Synagogue ...

4/5Very Good! (282 reviews)

"Was as expected, luxury, great service, nice people working, amazing light show, very clean, I'll be back that's for sure."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 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 AU$122 per night

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

3.7/5Good! (3,350 reviews)

"It was a very relaxing stay and the staff is super nice and work hard."…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 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 AU$160 per night

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! (2,149 reviews)

"Excellent customer service. Quick and easy checkin. Very accommodating. Clean and beautiful room with excellent ocean view. Great food from restaurant on the property. Great location."…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2020

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

Popular places to visit in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Beach
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Fort Lauderdale Beach

4/5(13 reviews)

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

Las Olas Boulevard
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Las Olas Boulevard

4/5(8 reviews)

This vibrant district packed with chic boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants offers a welcome break from the beach.

Riverwalk
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Riverwalk

5/5(4 reviews)

Explore this scenic spot brimming with shops, historical structures, and ample green space, right in the city centre.

Top activities 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

AU$84
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Key West Day Trip from Fort Lauderdale
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Key West Day Trip from Fort Lauderdale

AU$160
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show
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Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show

AU$66
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Flamingo Gardens, Botanical Gardens & Wildlife Sanctuary
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Flamingo Gardens, Botanical Gardens & Wildlife Sanctuary

AU$28
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Go Miami Explorer pass: Choose 3, 4 or 5 Tours & Attractions
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Go Miami Explorer pass: Choose 3, 4 or 5 Tours & Attractions

AU$134
Per adult
Port everglades Shuttle to FLL Fort Lauderdale Airport
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Port everglades Shuttle to FLL Fort Lauderdale Airport

AU$22
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Fort Lauderdale

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Nov. 2019

We had 1 nt between a cruise and a flight.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

31 May 2019

Enjoyed what I came for.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

7 Apr. 2019

Didn’t get to see anything, arrived late, left early

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Mar. 2019

Didnt havd enough tine to see a lot.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Feb. 2019

Lovely, sunny place to stay. The beach area is just beautiful.

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