Fort Lauderdale is a town on Florida’s southeast coast that was known in the 1960s and 1970s as a spring break destination for college students. This is largely a result of the classic beach movie, Where the Boys Are, filmed there in 1960. In the 1980s/1990s the city of Ft Lauderdale, Florida went to great lengths to change this image and today you’ll find few drunken college students there.
There’s a good reason why this area is popular with tourists. In addition to the beach, the weather is magnificent. It has an average year round temperature of 75.5 °F (24.2 °C) and 3,000 hours of sunshine annually.
Most visitors fly into Fort Lauderdale airport, which is conveniently located to the area’s beaches. The main beach is less than 10 miles from the airport, but can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour depending upon traffic.
Once you’ve settled in to your lodgings, there are a number of ways to get around. If you’re staying near the beach you may never need to use a car because the central part of town is very walkable with a large selection of restaurants, shops, and entertainment within easy walking distance.
Another option is the Fort Lauderdale water taxi. This is an exceptionally good choice because it combines a scenic boat ride and transportation in one ticket. Many people think of it as a trolley on the water because it’s “hop on, hop off” all for the same price. There are 3 different routes: the Ft Lauderdale Local Route, the Hollywood Local Route, and the Margaritaville Express Route that transports riders between the two cities.
If walking or the water taxi aren’t for you there are plenty of Uber, Lyft, and taxi drivers available.
Ft. Lauderdale beach stretches for approximately 5 miles from Hugh Taylor Birch State Park on the north end to where the Stanahan River flows in to the Atlantic Ocean at the south.
Amenities at the beach include:
- Outdoor showers
- Water fountains
- Picnic tables
- Volleyball nets
- Basketball full court
- Boat ramp, non-motorized
- Accessible restrooms, parking, shower and telephone available.
- Parking, for a fee
- Food, across the street
- Bars, across the street
- Shopping, across the street
- Beach rentals, across the street
- Other entertainment, across the street
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau lists 525 restaurants in the greater Fort Lauderdale area on its website. Clearly, there’s a restaurant for every taste and budget.
- 925 Nuevo’s Cubano’s
- Regina’s Farm
- Back Alley Bar & BBQ
- The Foxy Brown
- The Poke House
- Bar Red Beard
- Market 17
- Sushi 4 Fun
- Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill
- Coconuts Fort Lauderdale
To many joyful beach experiences!
— Lisa Dworkin
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