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Fort Lauderdale Holiday Guide

Sometimes known as the ‘Venice of America’ due to its extensive and intricate system of canals and waterways, Fort Lauderdale is a former college party town that has grown up and found more refined ways of recreation.

A major yachting centre on the South East Atlantic Coast, the city is home to over 42,000 resident yachts with all the high end facilities and entertainment you’d expect of such an exclusive place just 23 miles from Miami.

Named after a series of forts built by the United States during the Second Seminole War, Fort Lauderdale came to the nation’s attention during the first half of the 20th Century when it became popular with college students celebrating Spring Break. As these events became more boisterous, the city passed laws to curb their rowdiness, leading to the city slowly becoming more known as a yachting destination than a party town.

Despite the change in atmosphere, Fort Lauderdale is still a city dedicated to recreation and enjoyment – with over 4,000 restaurants and 120 nightclubs entertaining the city’s many guests.

Culture is an important to people in Fort Lauderdale. Indeed, the city has created an entire district dedicated to the arts and entertainment. Known as the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, the area runs all the way east to west along the Las Olas Boulevard from the beach itself to the centre of downtown.

Home to around 13 cultural attractions, the district includes the Florida Grand Opera, the Museum of Art and the Museum of Discovery & Science before concluding at the Broward Centre for Performing Arts in central Fort Lauderdale. The district even has its own five storey high Autonation IMAX Cinema.
Given the exclusive nature of the city, excellent shopping facilities can be found all over. From malls to designer boutiques, Fort Lauderdale has something for everyone. Of course, the city’s most famous shopping experience is not a mall or high end store at all – but the largest daily flea market in the world! Based in Lauderhill, the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop is an enormous market selling everything you can imagine - and many things you never could.

Now, this is a city that thrives on entertainment, so it should come as no surprise that when the sun goes down the flea market becomes America’s largest drive-in-movie theatre with 13 screens showing everything from the latest movies to the classics. Now that’s entertainment!  


Guide to Exploring Fort Lauderdale


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£104
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

999 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
4.1
of 5, from 1,254 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale stands steps from 7-mile (11.2-km) Fort Lauderdale Beach. Guests can drive 15 minutes to the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District, dotted with theaters, museums, and galleries. Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport is 8 miles (12.9 km) from the hotel.

£49
Red Carpet Inn Airport/Cruiseport

Red Carpet Inn Airport/Cruiseport

2460 W State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale
2.8
of 5, from 1,678 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

This eco-friendly hotel is located near the Fort Lauderdale airport and Port Everglades cruise port, and the Broward convention center. Downtown Fort Lauderdale is 5 miles from the property.

£65
Best Western Plus Fort Lauderdale Airport South Inn & Suites

Best Western Plus Fort Lauderdale Airport South Inn & Suites

1900 Stirling Road, Dania Beach
3.5
of 5, from 1,276 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of K1 Speed and Boomers. Topeekeegee Yugnee Park and Gallery of Amazing Things are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£50
The Link Hotel

The Link Hotel

1055 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale
3.8
of 5, from 84 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Galleria and Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and Historic Stranahan House Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£42
Days Inn Fort Lauderdale Airport Cruise Port

Days Inn Fort Lauderdale Airport Cruise Port

1700 W Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
2.2
of 5, from 381 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Discovery and Science and Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Las Olas Riverfront and Historic Stranahan House Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Cocobelle Resort

Cocobelle Resort

2831 Vistamar Street, Fort Lauderdale
3.7
of 5, from 42 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Las Olas Beach, Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, and Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Historic Stranahan House Museum is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.

£42
Ramada Plaza Fort Lauderdale

Ramada Plaza Fort Lauderdale

5100 North State Road 7, Fort Lauderdale
3.0
of 5, from 452 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Fort Lauderdale, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Lakes Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Fort Lauderdale Stadium and Swap Shop. Westgate Shopping Center and Woodmont Country Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£61
Royal Beach Palace

Royal Beach Palace

3711 North Ocean Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
3.6
of 5, from 590 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Anglins Fishing Pier, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, and Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. Funky Buddha Brewery and English Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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