When to Visit Ft. Lauderdale

by SmarterTravel Staff

Ft. Lauderdale is a year-round, warm-weather resort destination, with two different visitor seasons. The winter high season is the most popular time, attracting people in the north looking to escape the cold weather.

The summer low season or "second season" brings mainly international tourists, business and convention visitors, value travelers, families, and locals. The low season has warm weather, fewer visitors, reduced prices, and coincides with school breaks, making it a favorable time for family vacations. The city experiences a brief shoulder season in late fall, when the humidity drops and prices remain low. Visitors should keep a close eye on the weather during hurricane season.

  • high season: mid-December to mid-May
  • low season: mid-May to September
  • shoulder season: October to mid-December

Weather Information

Ft. Lauderdale experiences a year-round average temperature of 76 degrees. The winter months are mild and warm, with ocean breezes keeping temperatures at a cool average of 68 degrees. June and September are the most rainy and summer can be extremely warm, with high humidity and an average of 82 degrees. Water temperatures are in the mid-60s to low 70s in the winter, and low-to-mid-80s in the summer. Hurricane season occurs from June 1 through November 30.

Crowd Information

The winter high season is Ft. Lauderdale's busiest time. Events such as the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show in November and the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade in December also attract crowds.

Closure Information

Hotels, shops, and attractions remain open year-round.

When to Save

The most inexpensive time to visit is from June through October, when visitor demand is lower. Discounts and packages are also available in the summer low season. For instance, October is restaurant month, with Dine Out Ft. Lauderdale specials.

When to Book

Those with flexible travel plans can take advantage of low last-minute airfares. However, those with a set schedule should book flights at least three weeks in advance to obtain lower prices and ensure availability, especially for travel during the high season.

Last-minute lodging is also available, but it's still a good idea to book at least one to two months in advance for the low season. Book two to three months in advance for visits during the high season to ensure availability.

Information provided by the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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