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Fort Lauderdale travel guide

The Venice of America

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You're Going to Love Fort Lauderdale

Sun, sea, sand and a terrific climate. Fort Lauderdale lies right at the heart of Florida's spectacular Gold Coast and its white sandy beaches far surpass those of its more famous neighbor, Miami.

Fort Lauderdale's extensive canal system has earned the city the nickname, the "Venice of America". The town and ocean are linked to the Everglades and South Florida by the Intracoastal Waterway.

It's easy to reach Fort Lauderdale from anywhere in the US by road, sea or air and the sunny weather means that almost any time is perfect for a long vacation or a short city break.

Add glittering nightlife and entertainment, beautiful parks, outstanding shopping malls and friendly locals, and you can easily see why Fort Lauderdale is well worth a visit.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Fort Lauderdale

For lovers of sun, sea, culture and history, Fort Lauderdale is a Floridian Paradise. There are dozens of great reasons to plan a trip to Fort Lauderdale.

What to do in Fort Lauderdale

While the beach is a massive draw, there are several other great things that you really must do in Fort Lauderdale.

When to Visit Fort Lauderdale

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Between December and April is the best time to visit Fort Lauderdale. For the entire six-month period you'll enjoy warm, sunny days with temperatures ranging from 58 to 82F. It's the perfect time to escape snowy, northern climates for a short break or a longer holiday. However, demand for accommodation is high throughout the peak season so you might prefer to visit during the summer and fall months. Although rain showers are common, they tend to be short-lived. Pack light clothing, an umbrella and plenty of sunscreen.

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How to Get to Fort Lauderdale

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Where to Stay in Fort Lauderdale

Luxury resorts and spa hotels, friendly guest house establishments and popular chain hotels can all be found in Fort Lauderdale. Splash out on resorts like the Bonaventure Resort & Spa Fort Lauderdale Hotel where you can enjoy a wide range of facilities including an extensive spa, five swimming pools and two 18-hole PGA championship golf courses or Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa where you'll have access to a private beach. The Royal Palms has been voted the number one gay resort in the US while those wishing to bring pets will find that they're welcome at both Mary's Resort and Liberty Apartment & Garden Suites.

Popular Neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale

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How to Get Around Fort Lauderdale

The city has a good public transport system that includes water taxis and shuttle buses, but many people choose to rent a car in order to make exploring the region easier.

The Cost of Living in Fort Lauderdale

While Fort Lauderdale is considered quite expensive, the city is still cheaper than New York or Los Angeles.

Fort Lauderdale's Hottest Shopping Streets

Florida is a shopper's paradise and Fort Lauderdale is the jewel in its crown. Shop for designer clothing, jewelry and electronics in malls like the Galleria Mall or browse specialty items at Shops on Las Olas Blvd. Drive to nearby Sunrise for high street brands, top designers and fine dining at Sawgrass Mills, one of the largest shopping malls in the world.

Groceries and Other Necessities

You'll find it easy to pick up everything from bread to sunblock in Fort Lauderdale. The city has dozens of national and local drug and supermarket chains to choose from including Walmart, Publix, Trader Joe's, Winn-Dixie, Whole Foods and Albertsons.

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Where to Eat in Fort Lauderdale

Foodies will be in heaven; every type of food you can imagine is available somewhere in Fort Lauderdale. For upscale restaurants try Las Olas/Downtown or look for family friendly restaurants on the Strip. Local favorites include Laffing Matterz where you'll be entertained as you dine. Also worth a look, Jalisco, for tasty Mexican food, the Cheesecake Factory in the Downtown/Las Olas Area and Monster Subs at the Strip.

For a special night out try Trina at the Atlantic Hotel. This award winning restaurant has some of the best Florida-Caribbean food in town on its menu. If you love French fries, you'll love Primanthi Brothers. The Strip restaurant has appeared on the Food Network thanks to its tradition of topping every type of sandwich with heaps of fries.