Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America
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Colloquially known as ‘The Venice of America’ due to its expansive canal system and waterways, Fort Lauderdale is the archetypal American party town with a thriving, glamorous energy and miles of picture perfect beaches. From jazzy nightclubs filled with hedonistic spring-breakers, to top-notch restaurants and cocktails bars, and a shopping and arts scene overflowing with character and life, this sprightly city has something for every tourist. The city’s main port, Everglades, had daily cruise arrivals from Mexico, the Caribbean and beyond, so if you have the opportunity, step ashore and join in the fun.

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With the incredible blend of glitzy yachts, bohemian beach buffs, and year-round sunshine, a spot on one of Fort Lauderdale’s 23 miles of tumbling golden beaches is a perfect way to start a vacation. Head to Fort Lauderdale Beach, in the central part of the coast, for pristine white sands, and activities for all ages, here you’ll find on-beach bars and waitress service sun loungers. With the cityscape behind you and seascape of the Atlantic in front there really is the no better place to relax. Another immaculate stretch of white sands is Hollywood Beach, with its family-friendly attractions such as paddle-pools and climbing walls, and regularly policed sands you can thoroughly relax and unwind. Night owls are drawn to the twinkling lights of Las Olas Boulevard; with over 30 al-fresco restaurants, multiple late-night shops, 2 world class museums, and over 10 international art galleries, it is a mecca for tourists looking for something eclectic and unique amidst the commercial district. If you want to escape the neon bulbs and jell-o shots that make up many an evening in South Florida, head down to Deerfield Beach Pier; offering a stretch of paradise the pier allows for breathtaking views over the local ports and marinas.

Hotels in Fort Lauderdale

As is to be expected from a town synonymous with hedonistic indulgence, hotels in Fort Lauderdale are brimming with luxury and amenities, think marble bathrooms and private balconies as standard and 4-posted beds and butler service in the high-end options. Compared with the rest of Florida, Fort Lauderdale is relatively inexpensive, so hotels and guest houses will be of an excellent standard, whatever your budget. The majority of beach front hotels have full-service spas, fitness facilities, and outdoor pools as well as organized trips for families.

Where to stay

Just around the corner from the Riverwalk are many of downtown Fort Lauderdale’s best nighttime attractions, including the Las Olas Boulevard, The Museum of Art, and the Sawgrass Mills Mall. If you chose to stay this side of town you will also be within walking distance of the famous waterways and the bars and restaurants alongside them. If a simple beach holiday is what you're after then you can't go wrong with a stay right on the beach, although most hotels are large and high-rise, they still offer excellent service and spacious rooms with great views. The beach area is great for socializing at sundown, and you’ll be close to local amenities and kids entertainment spots.

How to get to Fort Lauderdale

For international visitors, Holly’s Wood International Airport is located just 2 miles from the city center and transportation is easily arranged. For those traveling around Florida and the West Coast, the Interstate 95 is a direct route to Palm Beach, Miami, and Jacksonville. Alternatively if you’re visiting on a cruise, Port Everglades is the city’s largest port and can support around 10,000 people arriving and departing each week.

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