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A Fort Lauderdale travel guide – tropical sunshine, beach chic shopping and sultry rhythms

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A Fort Lauderdale vacation means a holiday filled with ocean-side relaxation, stylish shopping and warm nights cooled with rum cocktails and sea breezes. Book a Fort Lauderdale hotel and prepare yourself for tropical climes in the ”Venice of America”.

Beaches and promenades

A Fort Lauderdale vacation revolves around Atlantic Ocean beaches, each one offering its own blend of seaside fun. Families toss beach balls, build sandcastles, swim and picnic on the golden coastline of Deerfield Beach, just north of Fort Lauderdale. Mangrove stands lure adventurous kayakers with skittering crabs and ocean birds at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, on the coast toward the south. This nature park also offers pleasant swimming, hiking trails, snorkeling and a manatee sanctuary, Whiskey Creek. Sun-tanned young people and chic vacationers sink their toes into the warm sand of Fort Lauderdale Beach, east of the city center. When tired of sunbathing and swimming, head to the palm-lined brick beach promenade, ideal for inline skating, jogging and people-watching.

Boutique shopping

Shop for discount designer shoes and department store clothing at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise, the largest discount shopping mall in the Southern United States. Cruise the canals via Fort Lauderdale’s water taxi, hopping off at the Galleria Shopping Mall - home to upscale department stores like Kate Spade, Coach and Swarovski. Las Olas Boulevard, sometimes called the ”Style Mile”, attracts holiday shoppers to Hollywood with unique boutiques selling stylish beachwear and sunglasses, strappy sandals and colorful handbags. 


Salsa and cocktails

Before heading back to your Fort Lauderdale hotel, relax over tropical drinks at beachside bars. At Fort Lauderdale Beachdaytime chic gives way to nighttime drinks and people-watching at sophisticated wine and martini bars on Las Olas BoulevardEnergetic music and dancers fill the nightclubs in HollywoodChoose between Latin-inspired clubs serving rum cocktails to salsa-dancing crowds or spend your evening sipping citrus martinis and dancing to Fort Lauderdale’s cutting-edge hip hop DJs.