Fort Lauderdale’s nickname – the Venice of America – highlights one of its key assets: a waterfront location and intricate canal system. Twenty-three miles of beaches, a scenic Intracoastal Waterway and the famous Everglades offer spots to swim, snorkel, scuba dive, boat and see nature.
The city caters to a sophisticated clientele, including yacht owners and cruisegoers. However, visitors will find a range of hotel types – from budget-friendly spots to swanky resorts – and activities for every age group.
A trip to Fort Lauderdale would be incomplete without a stop in the Everglades. The area houses alligators, iguanas, fish and other creatures, and delivers a glimpse into Florida’s exotic wildlife.
Plus, the city is home to one of the most active cruise ports, Port Everglades. This port serves more than three million passengers a year. The ever-growing calendar for ships ranges from single-day cruises to transatlantic trips.
John U. Lloyd State Park: This is one of the best places to snorkel, swim or simply sunbathe. Whiskey Creek, a manatee sanctuary, also runs through the park and is an option for kayaking or canoeing.
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea: In the waters of this small town, a natural coral reef is close enough for snorkeling or diving.
Seminole Hard Rock Casino: Nightclubs, restaurants and South Florida’s largest casino make this a hot spot in the Fort Lauderdale area. It is home to Hard Rock Live, an entertainment venue for concerts, musicals and other events.
The Everglades: Several companies sell tours of the wetlands – from wildlife drives to boat rides and nature walks.
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