Set on the south east coast of Florida, Fort Lauderdale is famous for its beaches and extensive canal system and basks in a near perfect all year-round temperature of 24C.
And for those looking to explore Florida’s eastern seaboard, Fort Lauderdale makes for a perfect launching point.
As with many parts of the US the best way to get around is by car. Hiring a car at Fort Lauderdale Airport opens up a wealth of opportunities; head south down the Florida’s Turnpike and onto the Ronald Reagan Turnpike to Miami and Florida City, or further still to the remarkable Overseas Highway as it snakes over 110 miles across islands and bridges to the ultimate Floridian destination of Key West.
Alternatively, head north on a beach fest up the Turnpike and onto Interstate 95 towards Jacksonville and take in Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, Daytona Beach, Vero Beach and Cape Canaveral or Orlando when you need a break from sand and surf.
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What to do in Fort Lauderdale
Aptly nicknamed the 'sunshine state,' Florida has been a favourite holiday destination for Americans and non-Americans alike. This is hardly surprising, considering the state's beautiful beaches, vibrant party scene and jovial atmosphere. The sunny city of Fort Lauderdale is no exception: a trip here guarantees warm weather and fun times.
According to the Fort Lauderdale government website, over five million people visit its public beach annually. While this city is well known for its spring break parties, rest assured that it offers plenty for more mature tastes. From a booming jazz scene and swanky pastry shops to boozy beach parties, Fort Lauderdale has it all.
A visit to Fort Lauderdale is incomplete without a swim on the city's iconic beach and promenade. With designated areas for pets, the beach is very clean and has a score of lifeguards watching over you as you paddle through the calm waters. With hordes of people, including the inevitable group of friendly volleyball players, Fort Lauderdale Beach and Promenade has a tropical, carnival-like atmosphere.
For those who would rather be on the ocean than in it, the Carrie B cruise might be the perfect alternative. Hop aboard the 19th century riverboat and sail along the harbour as your tour guide points out the million dollar mansions lining the shore. You'll see exactly how the other half lives, all from the comfort of the boat.
If you own a television, you'll likely already know that Florida and alligators go hand-in-hand. To meet some of these scaly creatures, take part in the Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Alligator Encounter. You'll go on an airboat tour and see an alligator handling demonstration. You can also upgrade this package to include a barbecue lunch and a photo of you holding a live alligator.