Fort Lauderdale Travel Guide

Known as the 'Venice of America,' Fort Lauderdale is a city of islands built on a network of canals, rivers, bays and waterways. With 23 miles (37km) of beaches, this is a popular stop for cruise ships in Florida. This sophisticated yet casual resort town is situated in the heart of the Gold Coast and attracts families and couples from all over the United States, and beyond.

Boating is a favourite Fort Lauderdale pastime, as are cycling or simply strolling along the beachfront promenade. Near Fort Lauderdale, divers can enjoy one of the only living coral reefs in the United States that's accessible from shore. There are sporting facilities galore throughout the city, particularly the world renowned golf courses.

Those in search of culture will be captivated by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Florida Grand Opera, the annual Film Festival, and numerous art galleries and museums. Fort Lauderdale's downtown shopping street is the broad avenue of Las Olas along the river, which is lined with fashion boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and sidewalk cafes. Diners are supremely well catered for, with more than 3,500 restaurants covering greater Fort Lauderdale. These range from intimate cafes to al fresco waterfront terraces, quaint bistros, and ethnic eateries to cosy steakhouses. As with most of Florida, the local treat is fresh seafood.

Fort Lauderdale's facilities and attractions will please any visitor on holiday and, if that's not enough, the exciting city of Miami lies only 40 miles (64km) away, and is perfect for a day trip.