For decades, Fort Lauderdale was “the place” in the sun for the rich and famous and for yachtsmen in the know. Fort Lauderdale is still considered the yachting capital of the world, and a big cruse ship departure port to the Bahamas and Caribbean! South Beach Miami may have become a more trendy and “hot” destination for celebs, while Key West is flamboyant and fun for fishermen, and Daytona is big for college breakers. But Fort Lauderdale remains a special beach town even though it has grown dramatically, Port Everglade is among the biggest cruise ship ports in the world (with Miami).
Explore the best beach- Fort Lauderdale, a 23 mile stretch of soft sand with views out to sea and cruise ships lumbering along the horizon. Ft Lauderdale beach can be calm, or breaking with big waves depending upon the season. Walking the long beach stretch takes you along the luxury beachfront hotels, many of which have bars, and beach chairs and toys for rent.
Our favorite place to stay in Fort Lauderdale is Lago Mar – an elegant beachfront Florida resort with its own private beach access and a commanding view of the ocean and the comings and goings of cruise ships and yachts.
Ride the water taxi around the beautiful waterways, under $30 for all day – off and on as many times as you like. Fort Lauderdale is nicknamed the Venice of Florida for its miles of magnificent waterways. The water taxi will take you to Riverwalk, Ft Lauderdale’s waterfront entertainment venue with shops, dining and evening jazz, and to famous Las Olas Boulevard, for more in town shopping and dinner. The water taxi is a great way to see the beautiful inter coastal estates shaded in big palm trees and the yachts tied to docks. With over 100 marinas in Ft Lauderdale, gawking at grand yachts, over 42,000 boats, is a past time in and of itself.
Ft Lauderdale has 4,000 fun bars and restaurants, many on the water. Bahia Cabana is cool local joint overlooking the harbor, enjoy a pitcher of beer at a casual picnic table while browsing the pricey boats across the channel. Try the crab cakes and conch fritters, and stay for the evening live entertainment.
Fort Lauderdale is no longer the quiet beach community it once was. 17th Street Causeway is now three lanes each way, and the airport is undergoing a $50 billion expansion to accommodate big international flights carrying cruise ship passengers. Still, it is the yachting and cruise ship capital of the US, and its beautiful.
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