To the citizens of Fort Lauderdale, their home offers quintessential Florida -- beaches, palm trees, shopping and relaxation -- without the see-and-be-seen attitude and the exorbitant prices of the state's other beachside cities. You can judge if they're right, but certainly expect a different atmosphere than their close rival, Miami Beach. Fort Lauderdale's wide stretches of white sand surpass those of its southern neighbor and, to some, are the best shores statewide. And when ... continue»
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The best time to visit Fort Lauderdale is between November and April. Yes, any time in that whole half of the year. The warm climate (between around 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit) makes it a great winter getaway for the elderly, families and college students. Plus hotel rates remain fairly constant. Summer and early fall are susceptible to tropical storms and hurricanes. If you're traveling at that time (particularly the summer), pack light clothing, a hat and umbrella, and plenty of sunscreen.Best Times to Visit Fort Lauderdale»
Fort Lauderdale Neighborhoods
Located in Broward County about 30 miles north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale sits on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean with its own stretch of soft sand beaches. The area's also home to several museums, shopping districts and places to get up close and personal with nature.
One of the major areas of the city, this pedestrian walkway that sits in the middle of the city north of the New River. It's lined with theaters, museums, several restaurants and bars and even an opera house, forming one of Fort Lauderdale's top arteries. Las Olas Boulevard, which cuts east to west through the middle of the city and slightly north of the Riverwalk, is another hotspot that's packed full of dining options.
Hollywood & Dania
Located just south of Fort Lauderdale are the smaller towns of Hollywood and Dania. Despite its small size, Hollywood still has a large amount of entertainment options and features numerous shops and restaurants. Formerly a farming community, Dania is now home to streets lined with antique and collectibles shops. Both towns also feature gorgeous beaches, including the Hollywood North Beach Park, where sea turtle sightings are frequent.
If you're a fan of seafood, you might want to check out some of the dining opportunities in the area just north of Fort Lauderdale. Pompano Beach gets its name from a popular fish found in abundance off the city's coast, and it's the site of numerous fishing competitions, as well as the annual Pompano Beach Seafood Festival and the Festival Flea Market.
Having (mostly) moved past the days of Spring Break debauchery, Fort Lauderdale is a relatively safe place to visit. You still shouldn't let your guard down. According to TripAdvisor, automobile burglary is quite common, so make sure to lock your car doors and close the windows all the way. Don't leave any valuables in your car, including laptops and cell phones; even loose change should be hidden, since many instances involve transients looking for a couple of coins.
Writers also advise traveling in groups at night, especially women and particularly during Spring Break. Although Fort Lauderdale isn't as popular among college kids these days, evenings can still get a little rowdy. Be on guard after dark, and avoid walking around alone.
If you're at the beach, be sure to heed any warnings about the water and swim near an on-duty lifeguard.
The best way to get around Fort Lauderdale is by car. Despite an extensive network of waterways, the roads are still faster. The canals, in fact, can be confusing. As you travel closer toward the coast, streets may curve or simply end at waterways. Away from the Atlantic, much of the city adheres to a grid. Tired of driving? Take a water taxi to your next downtown destination. And if not by land or by sea, than arrive in Fort Lauderdale by air. Making the city easily accessible, the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is just a 15-minute drive south of downtown Fort Lauderdale and handles many commercial airlines.Getting Around Fort Lauderdale»