Thought of as a hip, urban beach city, with all the glitz and glamour of the luxurious celebrity lifestyle, there is so much more to Fort Lauderdale than meets the eye. Fort Lauderdale screams “trendy hot-spot” for the young and young at heart, with quaint Las Olas Boulevard and the mansions and yachts along Millionaires Row, but there is another side of this diverse city.
Perhaps one of the premiere spring break destinations because of its amazing beaches, Fort Lauderdale is surrounded by numerous beaches such as Fort Lauderdale Beach, Pompano Beach, Hollywood Beach & Boardwalk, and many others. And with so many beaches, restaurants, shopping malls and trendy nightlife, what college student wouldn’t want to be there mid-March, right?
Another aspect of Fort Lauderdale lies in its history, culture and abundance of nature. Nicknamed “the Venice of America” Fort Lauderdale has over 165 miles of canals within the city. Visitors can enjoy a gondola or water taxi ride on these canals and experience Venice without ever leaving the continental United States. Adding to its allure, the Spanish influence is present throughout the city’s culture, in the music, the arts, the cuisine and the architecture. A Segway ride along the historic riverfront to the arts and entertainment district is a great way to soak in all the beautiful, rich culture of this magnificent city. Fort Lauderdale has many art museums, historic homes, nature preserves, state parks, botanical gardens, water sports, and the list goes on.
Just a few miles up the coast from Fort Lauderdale is the small seaside village of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. With charming hotels and everything within walking distance, it’s a great place for those who prefer a more relaxing atmosphere. But it is also well known for its diving and snorkeling. Just 100 yards off the beach lies a beautiful reef abundant with tropical fish, turtles and yes, even lobster. People from all over the world travel to Lauderdale-By-The-Sea to swim from the beach to the reef for this amazing adventure and experience.
Fort Lauderdale has so much to offer, you’ll have difficulty deciding what to do first. You may even want to stay a few days. Once you’ve taken it all in, why not head over to the Bahamas, we are practically there and it’s only a few-hour cruise away!