Fort Lauderdale is a city on Florida's southeastern coast, known for its beaches and boating canals. The Strip is a promenade running along oceanside highway A1A. It's lined with upscale outdoor restaurants, bars, boutiques and luxury hotels. Other attractions include the International Swimming Hall of Fame, with pools and a museum of memorabilia, and Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, featuring trails and a lagoon. The inland network of canals and bays, part of the Intracoastal Waterway, can be traversed by water taxi or rental boat. Downtown’s Las Olas Boulevard has lively nightlife, with options like wine bars, cocktail lounges and dance clubs. Port Everglades, in nearby Hollywood, is a busy cruise terminal.
WHEN TO VISIT
Most visitors arrive Dec–May, when the weather is warm and mostly dry. Summers (Jun–Sep) are hot and humid. Hurricanes are possible Jun–Nov. Local events include the A1A Marathon (Feb) and the International Boat Show (Nov).