Fort Lauderdale

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Fort Lauderdale showing tropical scenes, a bay or harbor and a sunset

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

Plaza Hotel Fort Lauderdale
Plaza Hotel Fort Lauderdale
3.5 out of 5
5100 N State Rd 7, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is RM247 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Situated in Fort Lauderdale, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Lockhart Stadium, Swap Shop and Veterans Park. Sunrise Country Club and Woodmont Country ...
2.3/5 (3,246 reviews)
"Good."

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2022

Plaza Hotel Fort Lauderdale
Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort
Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort
4 out of 5
4060 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is RM958 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Nestled on the beach, this East Fort Lauderdale hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lauderdale By The Sea Beach and Fort Lauderdale Beach. Anglins Fishing Pier and ...
3.9/5 Good! (2,369 reviews)
"Elevator went right down to pool area Gym was clean and neat ….. I thought breakfast was a little expensive two omelettes 2 cups of coffee tip was included over $50 for some eggs if price was a little more reasonable more people will definitely have breakfast there"

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2022

Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort
B Ocean Resort
B Ocean Resort
4 out of 5
1140 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is RM690 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Located in East Fort Lauderdale, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Bahia Mar Marina and Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. ...
3.6/5 Good! (3,308 reviews)
"It is an older property, but room was comfortable and clean. Hotel is right on the beach and a nice walk on Beachfront Promenade will get you beatiful ocean/beach view and access to bars and restaurants in the area."

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2022

B Ocean Resort
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Ocean Drive Villas
Ocean Drive Villas
3.5 out of 5
1701 North Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL
The price is RM333 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Located in Hollywood Beach, this villa is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Hollywood Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Aventura Mall and Port Everglades. Historic Stranahan ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (649 reviews)
"It was nice that the rooms have a kitchen area with a stove and fridge. The ocean and promenade are just a short walk up the street."

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2022

Ocean Drive Villas
Sonder | The Circ
Sonder | The Circ
3.5 out of 5
1790 Polk Street, Hollywood, FL
The price is RM586 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
Located in Downtown Hollywood, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from The ArtsPark at Young Circle and within 3 miles (5 km) of Hollywood Beach and Gulfstream Park ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (743 reviews)
"Nice laid back location yet centrally located. Room was very clean, nicely designed and bright. No noise at all."

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2022

Sonder | The Circ
Sonesta ES Suites Fort Lauderdale Plantation
Sonesta ES Suites Fort Lauderdale Plantation
3 out of 5
410 N Pine Island Rd, Plantation, FL
The price is RM624 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
Situated in Plantation, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Westfield Broward Mall, Jacaranda Golf Club and Plantation Preserve Golf Course and Country ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,223 reviews)
"Very Accommodating and courteous staff!"

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2022

Sonesta ES Suites Fort Lauderdale Plantation
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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