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Fort Lauderdale
Travel Guide

Deerfield Beach featuring a beach, tropical scenes and swimming

With beaches, shopping, cultural attractions, the Everglades…and more beaches, this southeastern Florida city is a great vacation spot any time of year.

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!

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Where to stay in Fort Lauderdale

Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort
Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort
4 out of 5
4060 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is £161 per night from 3 May to 4 May
Nestled on the beach, this East Fort Lauderdale hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Anglins Fishing Pier and Fort Lauderdale Beach. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,893 reviews)
"Property was nice, clean, staff was very helpful and enjoy the view of the beach very much. I feel it would have been nice to see somebody bring chairs to the beach; saw so many people taking their own chairs to the beach."

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2021

Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort
Red Carpet Inn Airport/Cruiseport
Red Carpet Inn Airport/Cruiseport
2 out of 5
2460 W State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is £52 per night from 4 May to 5 May
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Secret Woods Nature Center and within 3 miles (5 km) of Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum and ...
3.3/5 (4,082 reviews)
"Property is ungoing renovations, but it doesn’t affect the guests in any way. Great job"

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2021

Red Carpet Inn Airport/Cruiseport
The Westin Fort Lauderdale
The Westin Fort Lauderdale
4 out of 5
400 Corporate Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £108 per night from 27 Apr to 28 Apr
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Fort Lauderdale Stadium, Palm-Aire Country Club and Funky Buddha Brewery. Isle Casino and Racing ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,093 reviews)
"Waking up in front of the beach was my favorite part."

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2021

The Westin Fort Lauderdale
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Hollywood Beach Tower by Capital Vacations
Hollywood Beach Tower by Capital Vacations
3.5 out of 5
301 Harrison St, Hollywood, FL
The price is £145 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr
Nestled on the beach, this Hollywood Beach condominium resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of North Broadwalk and Hollywood Beach. Hollywood North Beach Park is 1.9 ...
3.8/5Good! (1,544 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay very much. Beautiful view, clean room everything you need in walking distance. Pool cafe was great, good food, reasonably priced and amazing staff. The entire staff was so friendly and accommodating. Will definitely be back"

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2021

Hollywood Beach Tower by Capital Vacations
SpringHill Suites Marriott Ft Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port
SpringHill Suites Marriott Ft Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port
3 out of 5
151 Sw 18th Ct, Dania Beach, FL
The price is £82 per night from 4 May to 5 May
Located in the heart of Dania Beach, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from K1 Speed and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from The Casino at Dania Beach. Dania Pointe and Young ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,668 reviews)
"Property was clean and the fairly unique pool was a great sight to see from my room. It’s in an excellent location, within walking distance of a ton of food and shopping and right off the highway. The only thing I can really say about the property is that the carpet could use changing. Will definitely ..."

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2021

SpringHill Suites Marriott Ft Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port
Vacation Village at Bonaventure
Vacation Village at Bonaventure
3 out of 5
16401 Raquet Club Road, Weston, FL
Situated in Weston, this condominium resort is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Markham Park and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Weston Town Center. Sawgrass Mills and Cleveland Clinic ...
3.6/5Good! (686 reviews)
"The property was nice. Pool was nice. People were friendly."

Reviewed on 21 Apr 2021

Vacation Village at Bonaventure
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