Located 23 miles north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale is the principal city of the South Florida metropolitan area. While this stunningly hot part of the sunshine state was popular with Spring Breakers from all over America, there are also a whole host of things on offer for a variety of other crowds. Generally, tourists tend to populate the coastal areas rather than venturing further inland. The beaches here are beautiful and the perfect place for those who want a holiday where they can relax, soak up the sun and paddle in the warm waters on the shore. Elsewhere, you’ll find a range of unique shops and boutiques as well as a range of shops further inland, if you fancy indulging in a little retail therapy. Las Olas Boulevard is the perfect place to exercise your credit card and stop for a spot of lunch in one of the trendy restaurants. Fort Lauderdale boasts a tropical climate. Between May and October the weather will be hot, humid and wet with temperatures in the low thirties during the summer months.
An economy is perfect for driving around the narrow streets and manoeuvring through Fort Lauderdale’s busy streets.
Driving in Fort Lauderdale
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Important things to note
The city is set up on grid road system, which makes it really easy to navigate and generally find your way around.
On the east side of Fort Lauderdale you might find that there are loads of canals which can only be crossed at appropriate points. It’s worth investing in a good map, which will save you plenty of back-tracking.
Traffic in Fort Lauderdale usually moves smoothly and drivers are able to make right turns at red lights on junctions. Those intersections where this is not permitted will be signposted.
Highlights & Hotspots
Following a multi-million dollar renovation in the mid-90s, the promenade which stretches over Fort Lauderdale beach is nothing short of fantastic. The beach itself is a great place to relax and sunbathe as well as ride the waves, as surfing opportunities are also available.
Take a trip to Bonnet House which stands as a tribute to Hugh Taylor Birch, who developed the beachfront property here. Admire the architecture of this stunning building and take a tour inside to see an extensive art exhibition. The house is also surrounded by nature trails, for those wanting to explore a little further afield.
For families, a trip to the Museum of Discovery and Science is a must. This eco-friendly museum hosts a range of hands-on exhibits which kids of all ages will love. Inside you’ll discover a huge kinetic-energy sculpture as well as the IMAX theatre which shows a range of science documentaries as well as popular Hollywood movies.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is located approximately three miles southwest of downtown Fort Lauderdale and is accessible via the US-1 highway.