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Fort Lauderdale is the second largest metropolitan area in South Florida after Miami and is located in Broward County, just north of Miami-Dade County.Fort Lauderdale has a subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters. The climate is humid and rain is frequent, particularly in the summer. Showers tend to be heavy and short-lived. Even though South Florida has as much rain as nearly anywhere in the US, it is rightly called the sunshine state, because of the large number of sunny days. Summer temperatures average lows in the 70s and highs of 90s. Average winter lows are around 60 with highs around 75. However, cold snaps can bring temperatures that are much lower.
 
 The city of Fort Lauderdale is 23 miles north of Miami. The South Florida Metro area has a population of over 5 million people. South Florida is home to a wide variety of ethnicities, many from the Caribbean and Latin America.
 
Fort Lauderdale's 5km (3-mile) strip of pristine sandy beach blends with the urban streetscape of highway AIA known as Beach Boulevard, where open air cafes and bistros overlook waving palms and the sparkling Atlantic. Combine this with miles of lagoons and a city built around winding waterways connected by bridges and water taxis, and you'll understand its appeal to water lovers. Since the spring break crowd was banned in the 90s, the promenade is a magnet for runners, walkers and cyclists, and the beach is one of Fort Lauderdale's foremost attractions. Energize with kite surfing, waterskiing, scuba diving offshore wrecks, parasailing, and sailboat, jet ski, ocean kayak or power boat rentals and cruises. Fish off the piers at neighbouring Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Deerfield and Pompano beaches.
 
Port Everglades competes with Miami and Port Canaveral near Orlando for cruise traffic and comes in a close third among all cruise ports in the world. The port is west of the narrow coastal islands on the Intracoastal Waterway and is accessible from the Atlantic through an inlet at the southern end of Fort Lauderdale..
 
While it is the location of the 60's film, Where the Boys Are, Fort Lauderdale long ago shed its image as a Spring Break mecca, though a few relics of the era remain, such as the Elbo Room. Nowadays, you are more likely to see families than college kids
  
 
Fort Lauderdale Port Everglades cruise port access to the large cruise terminal is easy and only about 2 miles (5 minutes) from the Ft. Lauderdale airport. Taxi rides to the cruise terminal (Port Everglades) are about $17.
 
Cruise line buses meet inbound flights for transfer to the port if you make arrangements in advance. Port Everglades is only about 30 minutes north of the Miami International Airport, so that is an additional option for cruisers.
 
The port is 10 minutes by taxi from downtown. 5 min by taxi to the beaches. A taxi is about the only way to get to/away from the cruise terminal.Parking is $15 a day. Alternative companies offer lower prices and use shuttles to get you to the port. At the Port Everglades exit off I–595
 
 
FLL is 8 miles southwest of downtown Fort Lauderdale and 4 miles from the Port Everglades.  It also serves cruises departing from Port of Miami which is 27 miles away.  FLL also offers international service a limited number of North American, Caribbean and Central American destinations and a few flights to other parts of the world.
 
FLL address for GPS:320 Terminal Drive Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
 
Near the beach area is a region known as the "Venice of America" because of its network of canals. The best way to see the canals and the houses of rich and famous residents is to take an Intracoastal waterway cruise. For high-end shopping and dining, Las Olas Boulevard is a good choice. In western Broward County, you can ride an airboat on the everglades. And for a little history, visit the Bonnet House or the Stranahan House, both built when Fort Lauderdale was an outpost at the edge of the Everglades..
 
 
 
Sightseeing:
Reinvented as a family-friendly resort town, Fort Lauderdale's golden sand beaches and Venice-like waterways are the backdrop to this South Florida city's charm of relaxed sophistication.
 
Known as the luxury yachting capital of the world, mega yachts line the Intercoastal Canal and winding waterways, where astonishing wealth can be glimpsed by the casual explorer.
 
Its glittery neighbour, Miami, with its hot Latino beat, has nothing on this waterfront showcase. Greater Fort Lauderdale extends 37km (23 miles) from Palm Beach in the north, to Miami in the south, one continuous strip of beautiful beaches and over 480km (300 miles) of inland waterways.
 
 
 
Tours/Excursions/Transportation:
Water taxis are a great way to get around, whether shopping or finding the best restaurant (all day passes just US$20).
 
Activities are centered around the beach, Riverwalk and Las Olas Boulevard are either walking or cruising distances apart. The city is safe and family-friendly.
 
Local buses and trains serve greater Fort Lauderdale and South Florida. To explore up or down the state's beautiful coastline and beaches, or take a day trip or longer to the Florida Keys, a hire car is needed.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
 
Shopping and Food:
Fort Lauderdale's downtown chic shopping street is the broad avenue of Las Olas, lined with fashion boutiques, art galleries, memorable restaurants and sidewalk cafes as it runs its elegant course parallel to the river. Here window-shoppers chat in a dozen languages while others rest their feet and watch the passing parade from the shady cafes.
 
For more frenetic shopping action head off about 10 miles (16km) west to Sunrise Boulevard and you can plunge into the Swap Shop Circus where more than 12-million shoppers a year sift through the goods at 800 open-air canopied vendor stalls selling brand name items at bargain prices. The circus also actually features circus shows, and boasts the world's largest 13-screen drive-in movie theatre.
 
Right nearby is Florida's largest retail and entertainment center, Sawgrass Mills, with almost two miles (three km) of mall housing more than 400 stores and kiosks. The Oasis food court here holds more than 30 popular eateries.
 
Antique-collectors enjoy the treasure-trove of the Dania Beach Historic Antique Shopping District, home to dozens of antique shops and the Antique Center Mall.





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