Our Opinion of Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, also know as the Venice of America, has always been popular with tourists with over 4,800 km of navigable waterways and kilometres of golden beaches. It's simply a great destination. In recent years Fort Lauderdale Beach has undergone a $26-million renovation.
The city offers many options for dining, entertainment, and shopping. You can eat lunch at cafes overlooking the water or visit shops along the beach. On Las Olas Boulevard you will find a multitude of art galleries and eclectic boutiques. The city is also known for its abundant bars, yachts, night clubs, and downtown museums. Come see this metropolitan paradise by the beach.
Fort Lauderdale boasts 11 km of warm, soft sand. The beachfront promenade provides the perfect place to soak up the atmosphere. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and sidewalk cafés, as well as rentals for boats, windsurfs, Jet Skis, snorkeling and scuba diving.
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is a haven for divers and beachgoers. Just a few meters from the shore, you'll find an amazing three-tier reef ecosystem.
Pompano Beach is an outstanding area for beach-goers, sports fishermen and water lovers alike. The public beach here is made up of fine, white sand. The beach features watersports, volleyball, swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking, sailing, a playground, a boardwalk and picnic areas.
Deerfield Beach offers ide beaches that are much more serene and less populated then the above mentioned. Visit the Public Beach and International Fishing Pier.
Things to know about Fort Lauderdale, United States Vacations
Activities & Sports
You will find rental shops on the beaches for windsurfing, kayaking, Jet skiing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. The best dive wreck is the Mercedes I, a 197-foot freighter that washed up in the back yard of a Palm Beach socialite in 1984 and was sunk for divers the following year off Pompano Beach.
Joggers enjoy running along the road by the beach in the early mornings. You can rent a bicycle or in-line skates to explore the beach along the boardwalk or other areas of the city. The Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is a 180 acre park along the beach, with nature trails, camping and picnicking areas, canoeing, and features the Terramar Visitor Center.
Florida has more golf courses than any other state with over 1,150 courses. Popular picks include: the two 18-hole courses at Turnberry Isle Resort & Club, American Golfers Club, Bonaventure Country Club, Boca Raton Municipal Golf Course, and Roken Woods Country Club.
You can go boating, sailing or take a river cruise like the Jungle Queen. There is also sport or deep sea fishing where you may catch amberjack, bonito, grouper, mackerel, mahimahi, marlin, pompano, redfish, sailfish, snapper, snook, tarpon, tuna, and wahoo. Or try Pier fishing at Commercial Blvd, Atlantic Blvd, Hillsboro Blvd, and Dania Beach. Each area has long piers.
The metropolitan area also offers the following spectator sports: the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League play at BankAtlantic Center; the Major League Baseball's Florida Marlins, the National Football League's Miami Dolphins and the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association all play in neighboring Miami-Dade County; the Baltimore Orioles conduct spring training in the city at Fort Lauderdale Stadium; and the International Swimming Hall of Fame is located at Fort Lauderdale Beach.
Dining & Nightlife
Fort Lauderdale's arts and entertainment district runs east-west along Las Olas Boulevard, from the beach to the heart of downtown. The district is anchored in the West by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and runs through the city to the intersection of Las Olas and A1A. This intersection is home to the Elbo Room, a famous spring break landmark.
Although much more subdued nowadays, the city is also sometimes referred to as Fort Liquordale because of its history as a spring break Mecca. The city and its suburbs count over 120 nightclubs. Here are some favourite spots:
- Beach Place
- Elbo Roo
- Harrison's Wine Galler
- Karma Loung
- The Parro
- Rush Stree
- The Culture Roo
- The Poor House
There are more than 4,000 dining establishments to try, ranging from quaint bistros, ethnic enclaves and top-rated steak and seafood houses. Choose from basic American to all the possible international cuisines. Fort Lauderdale truly offers some of the finest and exotic dining experiences.
Las Olas Boulevard, the Beach/The Strip, Wilton Manors/Close In, and Lauderdale by the Sea area are the best places to hunt the perfect meal.
Top restaurants include:
- Darrel & Oliver's Cafe Maxx
- La Brochette Bistro
- Sunfish Grill
- Café Martorano
- Canyon Southwest Cafe
- Mark's Las Olas
- Eduardo De San Angel
- Galanga Thai Kitchen & Sushi Bar
- Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
- 3030 Ocean
Fort Lauderdale, and South Florida in general, is a shoppers paradise. There is something to satisfy everybody's shopping desires. Here are is a list of some of the main destinations:
- Galleria Mall has over 200 stores.
- Sawgrass Mills is one of the world's largest malls for shopping, dining, and entertainment.
- Boca Town Center, large, upscale regional mall located in Boca Raton.
- Broward Mall
- Coral Square Mall
- Pembroke Lakes Mall
- Pompano Square
- Aventura Mall is large, upscale regional mall.
- Festival Flea Market
- The Swap Shop is an older flea market located at a drive-in movie.
Languages: English, and other commonly heard languages include Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Chinese.
Currency: US dollar.
Climate: Fort Lauderdale has a humid subtropical climate and has a two season: wet and dry. The summers are hot and wet whereas the winters are cooler and dry. 69% of the city's annual rainfall occurs during the five month summer period. The yearly average high temperature is of 26° C and the average low temperature is 20° C.
Electricity: 110-120V, 60Hz.
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