The greater Ft. Lauderdale area saw more than 13.1 million visitors in 2013. Without question, this tourist hot spot knows how to cater to visitors and provide an unforgettable experience. With 23 miles of Atlantic beachfront and more than 75 artificial reefs, this sunny destination is a must-see for lovers of sun, sand, and surf.
Selecting the Best Season
The weather in Ft. Lauderdale is reasonably warm and sunny all year long. Summer highs soar to 90 degrees in July and August, with lows in the mid-70s. In the winter, highs are in the mid-70s with lows dipping to the upper 50s. The peak tourist season for Ft. Lauderdale is mid-December to mid-May, encompassing both the winter holidays and Spring Break. Significantly enough, the low season is from mid-May to September, making this a great option for summer vacationers.
The most convenient airport for Ft. Lauderdale travelers is the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. While there are several convenient hotel options near the airport, options that come in under $100 tend to get very poor reviews. Availability for airport hotels is excellent, even for last-minute travelers. The most affordable choice for airport transportation is the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Trolley, which runs from the airport to the downtown Welcome Center free of charge.
Once you’re in Ft. Lauderdale, the Sun Trolley can also provide transportation throughout the area. Some routes are free, while others are less than $1 per ride. Public bus transportation is available for $1.75 a trip, or $4 a day.
Specialty Hotels in Ft. Lauderdale
Though short on traditional B&Bs, the area does have many small cozy inns, like La Casa Del Mar and the Granada Inn, where each room offers a distinct decorating scheme and type of accommodation.
Ft. Lauderdale also has many gay hotels, some of which are clothing optional. Several of these destinations are designated as men-only.
Luxury Hotel Deals
Ft. Lauderdale has some hidden gems that are both affordable and luxurious. B Ocean stands above the competition with amenities that include Aveda bath products, an in-room snack basket, and an endangered species program that promotes local conservation. The Atlantic Hotel features a beachside pool and whirlpool, steam room, sauna, and in-room massages. Both have competitive rates for the area and regularly run specials that will make your stay even more affordable.
For budget-minded travelers, Ft. Lauderdale’s hotel row is probably out. However, you can find ample options for under $100 in the near vicinity. When you’re shopping for budget hotels here, be careful about the term “waterfront.” While Ft. Lauderdale does have some beachfront locations, it also features inland waterways. Your waterfront room may not overlook the beach itself. Those that do overlook the beach may have views from across A1A, making them much less picturesque. Ask for clarification if you’re unclear about just what type of water you’ll be looking out on.
Ft. Lauderdale is home to several low-cost chain hotels such as Ramada, Best Western, and the Red Carpet Inn. The area also has several one-of-a-kind beach hotels that will work with your budget. The Lauderdale Beachside Hotel has a lap pool, wading pool, and direct beach access from one of its two buildings. Refrigerators and microwaves are standard to make affordable food prep a cinch.
The Avalon Waterfront Inns is a rare exception to the general price rules found near the beach strip. Though these accommodations are across from the beach and not on it, the location is ideal. In addition to beach access, you’ll also enjoy close proximity to Atlantic Boulevard. Choose from standard rooms or suites with full kitchen facilities.
Ft. Lauderdale Hostels
You can enjoy Ft. Lauderdale for half of what a cheap hotel would cost by opting for a hostel instead. Many hostels in the Ft. Lauderdale area cater to surfers, yachting professionals, and backpacking beachgoers who are looking for a cheap place to crash after long days of sun and surf. The Backpacker’s Beach Hostel caters to just such a crowd with a free breakfast buffet and complimentary use of surfboards and in-line skates.
The Bridge at Cordova offers a range of hostel accommodations, ranging from basic dorms to the Captain’s Quarters, which include full kitchens, en-suite baths, and semi-private patios. If you want to do Ft. Lauderdale on a dime, these options will help you save.
Ft. Lauderdale, like other popular Floridian destinations, is brimming with AirBNB options that range from a single room in the host's home, to entire beach houses. Prices for a private room are comparable to hostels in the area, while the cheaper villas and apartments are in the same range as Ft. Lauderdale’s budget hotels. With entire homes available for just under $100, and over a thousand total listings to choose from, this is a must-see option.
Sightseeing in the City
The beaches are the main attraction in Ft. Lauderdale, but each stretch of sand has its own unique personality. Dania beach is known for its alluring antique dealers. Ft. Lauderdale Beach near Las Olas Boulevard is a favorite of young adults. The stretch between Las Olas and Sunrise Boulevards is a busy, touristy spot with plenty of chain restaurants and ocean front hotels. Sebastian Beach is a popular destination for gay and lesbian visitors.
If you can tear yourself away from the beaches, other popular attractions in Ft. Lauderdale include the Museum of Discovery and Science, the Ft. Lauderdale Antique Car Museum, Butterfly World, and the Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale. Sawgrass Mills is the area’s premier outlet mall. Serious shoppers can use the Bags-to-Go program to have their goods conveniently transported to nearby airports for the trip home.
Broward County Transit - http://www.broward.org/bct/Pages/Default.aspx
Ft. Lauderdale Sun Trolley - http://www.suntrolley.com/
Greater Fort Lauderdale - http://www.sunny.org/
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There's more to life and Ft. Lauderdale than spring break: beyond the action-packed east beaches, you can watch dolphins pass on quiet north end beaches, enjoy non-souvenir shopping along Dania Beach, take a historic River Walk past landmarks, or unwind over sea-breezy dining in elegant Las Olas Isles.Book a flight to Fort Lauderdale.
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