- A long sandy beach
- Fine food
- Art galleries and art festivals
- Great nightlife
- Plenty of museums
- Easy access to the Everglades
- A wide range of water sports
- Upscale shopping
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is one of America's greatest beach vacation destinations, with soft white sands, an endless array of activities and entertainment all year-round. If you want to enjoy yourself in the Florida sunshine, Holidu offers vacation rentals right next Central Beach, or up the coast at Coral Ridge.Find Spacious Apartments in the Fort Lauderdale Area
If your budget doesn't stretch to a full-scale holiday villa, Holidu have plenty of alternatives in the Fort Lauderdale area. Take your pick from comfortable apartments near the marina or on the islands in East Fort Lauderdale, or choose somewhere in the center of town.
Fort Lauderdale is located on the east coast of Florida, around twenty miles north of Miami. Actually a collection of distinct communities and beach resorts, the Greater Fort Lauderdale region has a population of around 180,000 and offers a mixture of hedonistic beach districts, historic suburbs and sleepy, less hectic areas.Getting there
Getting to Fort Lauderdale isn't hard. One option is to fly into Miami, which offers connections all across the USA, or you could book a flight into Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, which has almost as many connections as its larger neighbor to the south.If you don't feel like flying, you can reach a vacation home in Fort Lauderdale via the Amtrak network. Fort Lauderdale Station is a stop on the Silver Star and the Silver Meteor routes, which link the town to destinations as far north as New York. You can drive easily too, with I-95 running through the western part of the city.
Fort Lauderdale boasts 23 miles of pure sandy beaches, and offers an endless variety of activities, from beach volleyball to diving, snorkeling, water skiing and, of course, sun bathing.A Great Place to Sail or Fish
Fort Lauderdale is one of Florida's greatest boating destinations. You can hire craft from the marina to take out on the open water, rent powerboats or fish from the coast at Dania Beach Ocean Park.A Fine Dining and Shopping Destination
With the independent boutiques, gourmet restaurants, nightclubs and galleries on Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale competes with any East Coast resort, and is a wonderful place to shop, eat and unwind.
Built in the 19th century, Bonnet House is both an exquisite example of the era's plantation architecture and has some gorgeous gardens. There's no finer place to learn some of Florida's history and relax in the summer sunshine.2. Get Down to Fort Lauderdale Beach Park
The finest stretch of coast in the Fort Lauderdale area, the city's Beach Park has been well protected from development and is a thriving site for beach and water sports.3. Tour the City's Museums
There are plenty of museums to enjoy. Some of the best include the educational Museum of Discovery and Science, with its space simulators, and the equally captivating Antique Car Museum which has the world's finest collection of vintage Packards.4. Explore the Everglades
The Everglades are right next door. Join a guided tour from the city's port and find out everything there is know about the alligators and birdlife that call the park home.5. Attend a Show at the Parker Playhouse
The 1,191 seat Parker Playhouse has been hosting Broadway productions since 1967 and remains a thriving arts venue. If you want to mix up your sunbathing and shopping with some cultural delights, check their calendar before you arrive.
Fort Lauderdale is often compared to Venice thanks to its 165 mile long network of Intracoastal Waterways, giving rental homes located far inland access to the Atlantic Ocean as well.
Fort Lauderdale has a sub-tropical southern Floridian climate, which ensures warm weather pretty much every month of the year. However, there are some better times to visit. Summer and fall generally feature rainier weather (and sometimes hurricanes). Schedule your trip between November and April, and you'll be fine.Festivals
Obviously November to April is a long time, so think about when you'd like to travel. Fort Lauderdale packs quite a lot of events into its festival schedule, including numerous art events on Las Olas Boulevard, and food and drink events. These tend to come thick and fast from January to March (usually thought of as high season), but check before you book to make sure you don't miss anything.When to visit
April also sees Fort Lauderdale hosting its premier music event - the Tortuga Festival. If you love rock and roots acts, it's a great time to go. But if you want lower rental rates and less competition for beach space, you may want to look at other dates. March is another hotspot, with spring breakers hitting town in large numbers, so beware - the atmosphere when they arrive isn't to everyone's taste.