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Florida

Fort Lauderdale

About

Miles of canals, white sand beaches, and sultry temperatures explain part of Ft. Lauderdale's appeal to sun-seeking vacationers. But that's not all the South Florida City has: there's no shortage of history, culture, and dining to enrich the offerings. Ft. Lauderdale made its name 50 years ago as a premier spring break destination. While it still welcomes the college set for the sunny rite of passage today, the city has made great strides in creating an environment welcoming to families and other travelers looking for a more relaxed getaway. It's easy to spend endless days swimming and relaxing on the sand, but there's more than just surf at the beach. The beachfront promenade is lined with sidewalk cafes, restaurants and pubs, and shops and boutiques. Off the beach, the Arts & Entertainment District is home to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Florida Grand Opera, Historic Second Street, the Museum of Art- Ft. Lauderdale, and the Museum of Discovery and Science. The district is also home to dozens of cafes and restaurants, plus the red-brick Riverwalk, a shop-lined walking path. Las Olas Boulevard is another Ft. Lauderdale hotspot, featuring shops, historic hotels, and the Elbo Room beachside bar. Visitors willing to explore beyond city limits will be rewarded with such finds as the Art-Deco-rich Hollywood and the seaside village Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Airlines, including a number of low-cost carriers, offer plenty of flights to Ft. Lauderdale.

When To Go

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