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Fort Lauderdale: Venice of America

Life Is More Than a Beach in Greater Fort Lauderdale Area

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More than 300 miles of navigable inland waterways wind through palatial estates, citrus groves and the unique and exotic Everglades – beckoning boats of all sizes and shapes. It is the Intracoastal Waterway – stretching south to Miami – and the waterfront homes which dot it, that have earned Greater Fort Lauderdale its reputation as the "Venice of America."

Sun-seekers from all over the world come to Fort Lauderdale to play, relax, and sometimes even to work. Although long thought to be only for the "rich and famous" that can afford luxurious lifestyles, loyal visitors know that the area offers a wide variety of accommodations and experiences.

Greater Fort Lauderdale offers accommodations for every pocketbook – from small inexpensive, family-run inns to deluxe resorts, operated by international award-winning companies. Almost one-third of the area's room count are ideal for meeting and convention business. For those with a taste for more intimate surroundings, there are the Superior Small Lodging properties that feature charm, location, and the personality and character of South Florida's early tourism days. The area also boasts five spa resorts as well as hotels and resorts with golf and other recreational activities.

World-class dining need not carry a world-class price tag. Restaurants serve an array of tastes both in cuisine and atmosphere – from the haute to the hot dog and from panoramic views to on-the-beach casual.

It would be expected that the single most popular pastime for vacationers anywhere is said to be shopping, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale area offers some of the best. From diamonds and precious antiques to discounted designer wear, there is no shortage of shopping opportunities.

More than 3.6 million people cruise out of the modern Port Everglades each year, making it one of the world's largest cruise ports, and the one with the most five-store ships. More than 50 ships depart from the port, destined for the Caribbean and points south.

Off-the-beach attractions and activities include the oceanfront estate of the late painter Frederic Bartlett. The biggest Broadway musical make their first and frequently only stop in the region at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art just completed an expansion. It is home to one of the world's premier collections of early 20th-century art. Festivals are frequent and have broad appeal.

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