Fort Lauderdale Neighborhoods & Towns
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.