Fort Lauderdale Travel Guide

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Fort Lauderdale Things to Do

  • Downtown

    I apparently wasn't paying attention when people told me to visit Las Olas Boulevard, for some reason I thought that the section they were referring to was near the beach so we started walking...and walking...and walking. We finally got there, I'm not even sure how long it took, but most people will want to take the Sun Trolley or the bus to get to...

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  • The Cruise Ship Terminal

    The Navigator of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean International's five Voyager-class cruise ships built in 2002. The ship has many amenities such as: Ice skating rink Rock climbing wall Inline skating Nine-hole miniature golf course Full-sized basketball court Adventure Ocean Royal Promenade, complete with shops and pub Mardi Gras themed...

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  • The Riverwalk

    the riverwalk is located in the fort lauderdale downtown historic district on the new river. the riverwalk is a park and a collection of shops, restaurants, and bars. a very nice place to visit in downtown fort lauderdale. for a list of shops, restaurants and bars see the attached website.

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Fort Lauderdale Hotels

Fort Lauderdale Restaurants

  • Shula's on the Beach

    4 out of 5 stars

    shula's on the beach is one of a chain of steakhouses founded by famous miami dolphins football coach don shula. what makes this location unique is it's great view of fort lauderdale beach. shula's offers prime black angus beef, seafood, and upscale american fare. shula's is one of the better steakhouse chains in the country.

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  • The Greek Islands Taverna

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I won't say that I have purposely flown to Fort Lauderdale just to eat at Greek Islands Taverna, but it definitely is one of the reasons I like to go there. At the suggestion of one of the customers waiting with us in line (the food is so good there is usually a line during the tourist season, off season I usually don't have to wait. If you don't...

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  • Aruba Cafe

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    A super attentive staff keeps on top of hordes trying to get a table and/or bar space in this local favorite. Sports on television, dance floor and music, inside and ocean view seating outside: this place has something for everyone and all ages. Nachos! The plate is piled high, comes hot from the kitchen and goes well with everything from water to...

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Fort Lauderdale Nightlife

  • The Elbo Room

    established in 1938 the elbo room is a typical florida beach bar. this local watering hole became famous for it's part in the 1960 movie "where the boys are". the elbo room gets a mixture of locals and tourists. an interesting place to visit for people of my generation who remember the movie. casual

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  • The Parrot

    the parrot lounge has been a fort lauderdale drinking institution since 1970. this typical florida style beach bar caters to a mixture of tourists and locals. in my opinion one of the best beach bars in south florida. casual.

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  • Poorhouse

    Recently renovated this late night live music venue offers a fantastic micro brew selection. The staff here is friendly and fun. An eclectic crowd gathers here for great times and rockin local music. Always live music Thurs, Fri & Sat..Jukebox for your entertainment the other nights. They now offer a website so you can see the show schedule......

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Fort Lauderdale Transportation

  • Fort Lauderdale Airport

    We had a family group of 11 and needed transportation to the seaport. I contracted with EEZZExpress and they did the round trip for a very reasonable amount. One of our group left his cell phone in the vehicle. I contacted the company and they agreed to send the phone to us at our home in Maryland. They went the extra mile when they did not have to...

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  • Automobile Rentals

    The Sunpass website has a handy guide to the SunPass policies of the various rental agencies. Dollar and Thrifty have an opt in or opt out system, either you pay the daily fee with tolls included or you don't pay the fee in which case you get hit with a hefty charge should you accidentally drive in a Sun Pass lane. Avis and Budget charge a daily...

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  • Local Maps

    The travel through here can be relatively easy. If taking I-95, go with the flow. That can get backed up at times, especially to airport and the Port Everglades into the cruise ship area. A taxi driver said that direction can take 1+ hours form the airport in the wrong time of day.

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Fort Lauderdale Shopping

  • Sawgrass Mills

    After living here for over ten years, I make a list all year and then do giant marathon trips to this Mall. You need planning and strategy to make a route through the 3/4 mile with a map! I save tons on the stuff I need. This is one of the best things to do in Fort Lauderdale, especially if you are tired of the sun or stuck in rain . . . They have...

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  • The Galleria

    The newly renovated Galleria Mall On Sunrise is a great place for finding all your favorite upscale stores. Big anchors are Macy's, Saks, Dillards, and Neimans. Lovely food court and restaurants too. While in the area it is a short walk to the Gateway shopping center located west of Galleria on Sunrise.

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  • Stocking up the Room

    Walgreens is a pharmacy store chain throughout the US. We used this Walgreens during our last stay in Fort Lauderdale. We were in town for a convention and wanted to have snacks and drinks available in our room. We purchased some bottles of water as well as some candy and snacks.Later in the week we also purchased some burn cream for my wife. She...

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Fort Lauderdale Local Customs

  • Internet Cafe

    Internet Acess is very important when we travel. Princess has an internet Cafe as well as many areas aboard the ship with wireless access. Internet plan pricing: $0.75 a minute (no plan) Plan 1: $175 for 500 minutes Plan 2: $100 for 250 minutes Plan 3: $75 for 150 minutes Plan 4: $55 for 100 minutes

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  • Museums

    Museum of Art contains 20th century art. A collection of works from the CoBrA movement is a highlight. The name CoBrA derives from the initial letters of Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam, the capitals of the home countries of a group of expressionist painters who experimented with fantastic imagery from 1948-51. The museum displays works in a...

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  • Happy Hour

    A great tradition in the states and a particular specialty of Ft. Lauderdale is Happy Hour. This institution draws crowds out to the bars when they might otherwise not be busy. Either you get free food, reduced drinks, or both. The best is two-for-one drinks, like at Tarpon Bend. You buy a drink or beer, and they give you a wooden coin that you can...

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Fort Lauderdale Warnings and Dangers

  • The Beach

    dont swim out too deep, otherwise sharky might get you. I did not have any experience of that kind, however I always heard warnings. So I only swam out to where I could stand. It's a temptation to swim out at that beautiful warm water, but just don't do it.

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  • Tourists

    The ships are big-yet they do have lines to wait for buffet, get in line for shows, and get ready to get in line for shore excursions. You need to be prepared to take the wait. What would really happen in case of need to jump ship? I do not think it would go smoothly, with panic set in.

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  • The Weather

    A few days before we left for Fort Lauderdale I was looking something up and 38 degrees flashed on my screen. I'm thinking "that's the forecast for Chicago, right?" Uh-uh, that's the current temperature in Fort Lauderdale! Fortunately that was just a temporary dip and when we got up to go to the swim race it was warm enough for shorts and a...

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Fort Lauderdale Tourist Traps

  • Billy Swamp Safari

    My disappointment was very high when I left Billy Swamp. The place itself is clean and very well maintained but the people are TERRIBLE. They really don’t care about you. No service, no smile at the restaurant and tense relations between staff led me to spend 30 minutes instead of 2 hours. Honestly, driving an hour from Fort Lauderdale to get...

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  • Tourist Shops

    Be very careful buying any t-shirts from any place where you can get custom prints for t-shirts. If you like a shirt and take to to the counter to pay, the attendant will instead grab a 'blank' shirt and re-create the print on the shirt you wanted. I actually fell into a double-trap, first buying a t-shirt for my wife and then falling for the...

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  • Beach Place

    As life goes sometimes, large corporations take even the smallest of things and take advantage of the unsuspecting. I am from Bulgaria and a student at FIU. My cousin and I parked our bikes in front of CVS at Beach Place and went into the mall for a bite. The bike rack out front was full so we locked them up on the railing by the sidewalk. Later we...

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Fort Lauderdale What to Pack

  • Beach Attire

    You'll need layers during the Spring. It was warm to downright hot and sunny during the day...so Swimming Suits and shorts will do. However, a sweater or the appropriate coverage is needed for night. And DO NOT forget your flip flops! Sunblock, Aloe, After Sun Lotion and lip goop!

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  • Swimming Gear & Cruise Wear

    Depending on how long you'll be away just a rolaboard or a suitcase will do. Warm weather clothes, light shirts, shorts, swimsuits, flip flops, water shoes etc.Formal wear such as suits for the evening formal dinners on cruise ships. Bring the sunblock!!!! Digital cameras, video camera Swim trunks, bikinis, flip flops, towels and water shoes...

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  • And don't forget the sun block

    You'll need layers during the Spring. It was warm to downright hot and sunny during the day...so Swimming Suits and shorts will do. However, a sweater or the appropriate coverage is needed for night. And DO NOT forget your flip flops! Sunblock, Aloe, After Sun Lotion and lip goop!

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Fort Lauderdale Off The Beaten Path

  • The Beach

    1) Big parking lot at Las Olas and the beach. Lots of locals, lots of bars and some shops. Hidden local tip: Park for less under the bridge that carries Las Olas over the Intercostal, then walk three blocks to the beach. 2) For less noise, but still cool wide beach, walk South from Las Olas for 1/4 mile to the intersection of the side road...

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  • Cruising the Intercoastal

    this is a lovely day trip from fort lauderdale to miami down the intracoastal waterway. even tho it takes three hrs to get to miami, the time does not feel anywhere near that long. you can sit inside or outside. inside, there are lots of open windows, and it has a top so that you don't wilt in the sun. there is a breeze on the water, which makes it...

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  • Butterfly World

    Butterfly World is one of my personal favorite places in the Fort Lauderdale area. It is easily the most relaxing day you'll spend here off the beach. It is a visual feast with thousands of butterflies fluttering around you in an atrium filled with exotic plants and beautiful flowers all the while soft classical music pipes in around you. Bring...

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Fort Lauderdale Sports & Outdoors

  • Rough Water Swim

    My husband seems to be able to find a swim race or triathlon no matter where we go, sometimes we plan around it, this time I was debating between two dates for the cruise and he found a swim race in Fort Lauderdale on January 7, 2012. That swim race was cancelled and then he found another swim race so he ended up doing a mile swim, The...

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  • SCUBA DIVING

    If there is one thing Jason really likes to do, it's scuba diving. He has his own tanks, fins etc. Before you can go scuba diving you have to have the appropriate certification. The website listed provides a decent list of some of the companies that have scuba trips as well as beaches where one can go to. fins, mask, tank etc.

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  • BIKING

    Jason and I both love to bike. There are more than enough places in Ft. Lauderdale to hop on your bike and go for a mile or more. Jason can be found a few times a year riding his bike for any number of charities. He did a hundred mile ride one time. He was so sore after that he got a deep tissue massage. Bike, helmet, water bottle and water

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Fort Lauderdale Favorites

  • The Beach

    A great place to let your inhibitions go. Walking down the beach in nothing but a thong or g-string swimsuit is the life and is quite regular. From time to time you will see topless girls soaking in the sun without problems. This applies to women and men. So go and enjoy yourself and work on the best tan possible.

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  • The Intercoastal

    For a sailboat, the ICW in Fort Lauderdale is a nightmare of low bridges with insane schedules and killer currents sweeping you inexorably into the bridge which will not open for another 10 minutes to an hour, and crazed power boaters skittering around making irresponsible wakes. You can see everything from a topless young girl making love with her...

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  • Port Everglades

    I was told that Ft. Lauderdale is a beautiful city, which I would have liked to visit, but it'll have to be some time in the future. We drove from Miami to Ft. Lauderdale to take the cruise, departing from Pt. Everglades in Jan 24th, 03. Well, of course taking the cruise! I had never cruised before, therefore I was quite excited about it...For...

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