Established as a fortification during the Second Seminole War, Fort Lauderdale garnered fame as a spring break destination in the 1960s movie Where the Boys Are. Today, Fort Lauderdale’s beach bars continue to keep the spring break legend alive, but the city has also grown into a more sophisticated destination catering to international travelers.
Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades boasts the world’s largest cruise terminal and serves as a gateway for international trade and cruise vacations. And as the more laidback counterpart to Miami Beach (situated just 45 minutes to the south), Fort Lauderdale offers varied diversions that appeal to a variety of personalities—from the fisherman and beach bum to lively night owls and the glittering jet set.
Take a stroll down Las Olas Boulevard to witness this interesting melting pot: Peruse the sculptures at a local gallery before stopping to shop designer labels at one of the many boutiques lining the quaint boulevard. Then choose from Italian, Japanese or American cuisine at one of the boulevard’s sidewalk cafes and watch the colorful population pass by. The activity on the famed Las Olas strip continues through happy hour and into the dark as the nightlife kicks into high gear with bars and lounges that pack in the crowds. And, while offering a vibrant palette of shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Greater Fort Lauderdale also has 23 miles of beaches that continue to be a main attraction.
Sometimes referred to as the “Venice of America,” the city also claims an extensive system of inland waterways, so reserve time to take a boat cruise and peek into the backyards of its sumptuous homes. When it’s time to get rugged, explore more than 500,000 acres of the Everglades teeming with wildlife.