Holidays in Fort Lauderdale are all about family seaside fun. With 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and many of Florida¹s cleanest and safest beaches, welcome to Fort Lauderdale.
Greater Fort Lauderdale sits at the very centre of South Florida’s Gold Coast, halfway between Palm Beach and Miami. The area encompasses Hollywood and Hallendale Beach to the south and as far north as Pompano and Deerfield Beach.
Known as the Venice of America due to its intricate and expansive canal system, Fort Lauderdale is a major yachting centre with a vibrant marina lifestyle. The city has 300 miles of navigable inland waterways and is home port to some 44,000 yachts. There are unlimited opportunities for water sports on a Fort Lauderdale holiday. In addition Port Everglades is an important cruising hub, with many cruise ships departing for the Caribbean from here.
The beach action centres along Atlantic Boulevard and Beach Promenade, popular with walkers, cyclists and rollerbladers. At its heart, Atlantic Boulevard meets up with Las Olas Boulevard, the chic strip for alfresco dining, edgy galleries, distinctive boutiques and designer shopping. Here we recommend you take a trip on the Mississippi Paddle steamer, Jungle Queen, and view the opulent mansions of the rich and renowned. If you're feeling flush, why not hire your own speed boat for the day and dock at Shooters Waterfront café for a cold beer and a plate of fresh shrimp?!
For those interested in things more sporty on their Fort Lauderdale holidays, a visit to the Dania Jai Alai is always an experience to be remembered. If your visit coincides with baseball’s spring training from mid-February you can see the Orioles at the Fort Lauderdale Stadium. If you are looking to play some Golf on your holidays to Fort Lauderdale you won’t be disappointed, the courses around the city are exceptional.
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Palm Trees sway gently in the cooling Atlantic breezes that bath the wonderful beachfront promenade with its award-winning “wave wall”. A great place for walking, biking or blading on a Fort Lauderdale holiday.
Deerfield Beach is quite different from its neighbours as it is more of a cove. There is a great fishing pier, and for surfers the north side of the pier has great waves.
The pristine sand and delightful John Lloyd State Park have ensured that Dania Beach earned its Blue Wave Beach status. Dania is also celebrating 100 years.
Sharing some of the characteristics of its California name-sake, Hollywood has a relaxed and glamorous feel. You will love the 2.5 miles of Boardwalk – perfect for an oceanfront stroll, or maybe some more strenuous exercise.
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is more like a seaside village. Its particular charms lie in the abundant fishing, snorkelling and reef diving.
A firm favourite with families on holiday in Fort Lauderdale. The kids will love Pompano for its many playgrounds that dot the family-friendly beach. There is also an annual seafood festival.