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Breathtaking sunrises, perfectly sapphire colored waters, and swaying palm trees – it’s impossible not to fall in love with Florida’s Fort Lauderdale. This picturesque beach city is filled with boating canals, trendy shops, lovely outdoor restaurants, unique museums, and striking natural beauty. Because Florida is a notoriously hot and humid destination, getting around by car is the best way to maximize your comfort levels during your stay here.
Enjoy Fort Lauderdale Beach, one of the city’s most popular attractions, at dawn as Fort Lauderdale sunrises are a sight to behold, with puffy clouds painted in orange, pink, blue, and purple. Beat the crowds and witness the serene Atlantic Ocean in the early morning, when many people are just getting their day started. Whether or not you want to rise early, Fort Lauderdale Beach is the best spot in the city to get clear ocean views and a taste of the local, laid-back lifestyle.
To get a little shopping in, head to Las Olas Boulevard. In the early 1900s, this was the main thoroughfare in Fort Lauderdale. Today, locals and tourists alike consider it the area’s most beautiful residential district on the waterfront. Along the street you’ll find a wide variety of upscale boutiques, quaint cafes, delicious restaurants, charming art galleries, and even an indie cinema.
For museum-goers, the International Swimming Hall of Fame is truly one-of-a-kind and features exhibits on famous moments in swimming history, swimwear, and notable memorabilia, such as Olympic medals. Art lovers will especially appreciate the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, which houses an exceptional collection of South Florida and Caribbean art. The museum is in a stunning modernist building and regularly hosts special events.
To truly experience Fort Lauderdale, it’s also important to try and get off the land! Because the water temperature remains between 72-80 degrees Fahrenheit all year round, you can enjoy a snorkeling or diving tour anytime. This is the only place in the continental United States where you can access a living coral reef straight off the beach! Drive to one of the area’s many diving shops for a tour to see over 70 artificial reefs that act as magnets for fish and other sea life, or explore some of the area’s signature wrecks like the SS Copenhagen or the Captain Dan.
Depending on the length of your stay, you may want to take a day trip outside of Fort Lauderdale. The Everglades National Park is situated a mere thirty minute drive away. If you can’t get enough oceanside lounging, you can head to Delray Beach for even more fun in the sun.
Come fall in love with Fort Lauderdale, where vibrant city life and delightful natural settings combine! For your adventure in Florida, you can trust us at Orbitz with an affordable rental car option that will get you everywhere you need to go.