Fort Lauderdale Travel Tips
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 you consider its fantastic scenery, great dining options and a range of things to do, Fort Lauderdale is also somewhat affordable compared to similar vacation spots. The "Venice of America," nicknamed for its 185 miles of waterways and canals, is slowly but surely climbing the ranks of top beach destinations to the cheer of its residents.
Why Go: Not as party-hardy as Miami Beach or as pricey as West Palm, Fort Lauderdale is the relatively affordable south Florida option. Many honeymooners overlook the city's charms, but the "Venice of America" has 185 miles of canals and plenty of beaches to set a romantic mood. Plus, the Las Olas Boulevard neighborhood hosts cute cafés and boutique shops for some memorable meals and souvenirs.
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.