Fort Lauderdale

Famed for Spring Break, beautiful beaches, and one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, “Venice of America” gives its neighbor to the south a run for its money.

Technically, Fort Lauderdale is part of the Miami Metropolitan Area, but it’s just far enough away and different enough to have its own reputation. While Miami’s known as the glitzy, artsy beach city, Fort Lauderdale is less flashy but just as sophisticated. Sure, when the sun goes down its nightclubs and bars uphold its reputation as a party town, but a pleasant blend of jazz clubs and fine restaurants add complexity and balance to the nightlife in Fort Lauderdale—rather like a craft cocktail. And yes, it has those too.

Believe it or not, there are plenty of things to do in Fort Lauderdale that don’t involve drinking at all. Peel yourself away from the coastline to explore those famous Everglades. Hike, kayak, or fan boat your way through the swamp, but resist the temptation to go for a swim. You may find yourself a bit better-acquainted with a gator than you’d prefer.

Speaking of heading inland, shopaholics know exactly what to do in Fort Lauderdale. Join them at the boutique shops and restaurants of Las Olas Boulevard. The city’s location near Cuba and the Caribbean mean fried plantains, jerk chicken, and surprisingly fashionable tie-dye are in ample supply.

When you’re ready, make your way back to the beach via a water taxi and the intricate canal system, or rent a beach cruiser and pedal your way to sandy bliss.

Bliss may not be what comes to mind when in the planning stages of a great getaway, but with our Fort Lauderdale vacation packages, it’s entirely achievable. Find your happy place by booking today.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fort Lauderdale

How did Fort Lauderdale get its name?

Fort Lauderdale earned its name during the Second Seminole War. While "Fort" refers to a cluster of forts built by the United States during the conflict, "Lauderdale" is a nod to Major William Lauderdale, who commanded the soldiers who built the aforementioned forts. After the war, the forts were promptly abandoned, only to be developed 50 years later as the "Fort Lauderdale" we know today.

What county is Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in?

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is located in Broward County. As the second-most populous county in Florida, Broward County reported a population of 1,909,623 in 2016.

How far is Miami from Fort Lauderdale?

Miami is located 28 miles south of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. When there's no traffic, that should take 45 minutes by car, but during busier times, it can take upwards of 75 minutes to make the trek. In fact, if you're planning to travel around rush hour (leaving between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.), allow an hour and a half for your trip!