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Best Times to Visit Fort Lauderdale

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.


Few places can boast of 60- to 80-degree weather for six months straight, but Fort Lauderdale is one of them. You'll find the water cooler than it is in summer, but visitors agree the non-sweltering warmth on land is more comfortable. To get the best price, book your room or rent your condo far in advance, particularly if you are interested in visiting around the holidays.

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South Florida's unconventional seasons make it an exception to the old children's rhyme: "April showers bring May flowers." Here, flowers are seen year-round, and showers begin in May, increasing in strength and duration (sometimes into a hurricane) until mid autumn. The rainy season combined with 90-plus-degree heat and school children on summer break make Fort Lauderdale much less desirable. On the upside, your endurance will be rewarded with a great hotel deal. 

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