Flights to Fort Lauderdale
Located 23 miles north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale is called the “Venice of America” because of the 300 miles of boat canals that run through it. Combined with seven miles of Atlantic Ocean shoreline and the New River, Fort Lauderdale has an abundance of beautiful locations for taking gorgeous views of the water and local flora and faun
The picturesque Riverwalk, dubbed “Florida’s Most Beautiful Mile” winds along the lush banks of New River and connects the city’s arts, science, cultural and historic districts. Las Olas Boulevard is lined with a variety of boutiques, art galleries and sidewalk cafes. From there, visitors can easily make their way over to Flagler Village to walk along Mockingbird Trail, an Urban Art Trail with two miles of verdant walkways, exercise routes, contemporary urban design street furniture and more than a dozen public art installations.
But of course, the main reasons to go to Fort Lauderdale is to take in the sun and surf and to engage in water sports. If the beach gets too crowded, head over to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, where you can access a stretch of undeveloped beach via a pedestrian tunnel beneath Highway A1A. You can also rent canoes and paddle along the waterway.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) has four terminals and seven concourses providing service to 15 domestic, international, and regional airlines, including Delta Air Lines. Passengers can fly non-stop to more than 100 U.S. and international destinations from the airport.
For business travelers on the go, the airport offers a Business Service Center in the pre-security area of Terminal 2. Seven days a week, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., travelers can buy phone cards, mail letters, exchange currency, wire money, make photocopies, use a fax machine, and buy stamps.
For your shopping pleasure, the airport boasts a variety of stores including Hoffman’s gourmet chocolates, Hudson News, Broward Duty Free Shops, A Day at the Beach, Harley Davidson, Rip Curl, and Shades of Time, a top-of-the-line sunglass and watch shop.
Dining options feature several full-service restaurants, including Casavana Cuban Restaurant, Shula Burgers, Sergio’s Cuban Cafe, Zona Fresca, La Familia Tacos and Tequila, BurgerFi, and Casa Noble. If you’re in a hurry, try Auntie Annie’s, Urban Market, Pronto Mercato, Chili’s Too, Starbucks, and Fresh Attractions for a wide of variety of grab-and-go options.
- Airport courtesy shuttle provides transportation between terminals from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and to the Rental Car Center 24/7. Stops are located outside the lower level of each terminal.
- Many hotels in Fort Lauderdale offer free shuttle service to and from the airport. Shuttles stops are in designated curbside areas on the lower level outside each terminal.
- Broward County Transit bus service provides transportation to and from the airport via Route 1. The bus stop is at the Rental Car Center.
- For Tri-Rail regional commuter train service to stations in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, take the airport courtesy shuttle to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Station at Dania Beach.
- More than 24 taxicab companies service the airport. The taxi stand is outside baggage claim.
- An onsite Rental Car Center offers rental cars from a dozen companies. The airport courtesy shuttle provides transportation from Terminals 2, 3, and 4.
- Go Airport Shuttle offers door-to-door, shared ride transport in either a luxury sedan or van. Check in at the Transportation Podium outside baggage claim on the lower level ,curbside.
- Uber, Lyft and other rideshare transportation services pick up passengers in designated areas on the lower level between Terminals 1 and 2 and between Terminals 3 and 4.
For some fun in the sun, rent a jet ski, surf some waves, dive the depths of the ocean, ride a banana boat, or go paddle boarding. There are plenty of tour operators on hand to make your watersport dreams come true, including Aquatic Adventures, Fort Lauderdale Standup Paddle, Ezride Surf School, and Aloha Watersports.
To see why Fort Lauderdale is called the “Venice of America,” you need to see it from the city’s intricate canal system. There are more than a dozen locations to board the Water Taxi, which tours the Intracoastal Waterway past mansions, shops, restaurants and bars. Purchase a day pass and hop on and off as you please.
Visit Stranahan House Museum, built in 1901 as a trading post for settlers and the Seminole Indians. Over time it has served as the city’s post office, town hall and community center. Restored to its 1913 configuration, today visitors can step back in time and see period Victorian furniture and items traded in that era.
Stroll west on the Riverwalk to see the oldest tourist hotel in Broward County, the 1905 New River Inn, now called Museum of Florida History, where 5,000-year-old Glades culture artifacts are on display along with exhibits relating to the Second Seminole War and history of the city’s development.
Just down the riverfront stands the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, home of the Florida Grand Opera. The highly acclaimed theater presents Broadway shows as well as local and international programming, including ballet, dance, music, opera, theater, family entertainment and more.
Lago Mar Beach Resort and Club is secluded on 10 acres in the exclusive Harbor Beach neighborhood. The award-winning luxury hotel has been privately owned for 50 years and offers more than 200 suites with private balconies, a full-service spa, Tommy Bahama-inspired furnishings, 24-hour room service, 500-foot private beach, a large, oceanfront pool, and several dining options.
The Pillars Hotel is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and sits on the Intracoastal Waterway, within walking distance to the beach. Named the second-best hotel in Florida by Conde Nast Traveler, the boutique hotel has 18 guest rooms and suites, some poolside and others in the main plantation-style house. The Secret Garden is the hotel’s signature restaurant serving three meals a day only to hotel guests and members of the hotel’s private dining club. Amenities include a luxury yacht to charter, wine cellar, marble baths, Frette sheets and towels, and alfresco dining.
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino offers 469 music-themed rooms and suites, several restaurants, a live concert and nightlife complex, a full-service spa, fitness center, a sprawling pool with a 182-foot waterslide, a beach club, and casino.
Fort Lauderdale offers a semi-tropical climate with as many as 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. The average wintertime high is in the upper 70s and the average low is in the upper 50s. During summer, the average high reaches 90 degrees and the average low is in the mid-70s. The year-round ocean breeze brings relief and takes the sting out of the humidity. The average annual rainfall is 67 inches. The rainfall peaks each summer with as many as 9-to-10 inches of rain each month from June through September and two to three inches monthly over the winter.