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.
First, let's look at some frequently asked questions about Fort Lauderdale:
What is Fort Lauderdale's weather like? Fort Lauderdale's Average Monthly Temperature and Precipitation
When Is Hurricane Season? The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30, with the highest storm probability is from August through October. | More Hurricane Information |
Is Fort Lauderdale still a popular spring break destination? Not so much. "Where the Boys Are," the 1960 hit feature film brought spring breakers flocking to Fort Lauderdale. However, by the mid-1980s, the city was tired of its rowdy reputation and discouraged spring breakers by banning open containers in public. Soon, developers began drawing a classier crowd by sprucing up the beach, opening trendy restaurants and boutique hotels.
Is it true that Fort Lauderdale is a popular gay and lesbian vacation destination? Yes. Once the cheap hotels and fast-food eateries along a one-mile strip of Ocean Drive from Sunrise Boulevard to Las Olas were replaced by trendy restaurants and upscale shops, the city began marketing the city about 15 years ago to more sophisticated travelers, including gay and lesbians seeking an upscale tropical getaway. | Fort Lauderdale Gay Guide |