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Fort Lauderdale Vacations

Your Fort Lauderdale vacation

Somewhere between Miami glamour and South Beach relaxation lies the perfectly balanced, totally vibrant Fort Lauderdale. Once a teenage party destination, Fort Lauderdale still sings with golden beaches and ocean breezes, but the scene is decidedly cooler and swankier.

Play at notoriously clean beaches or spy mega-yachts and world-class cruise ships. Explore the vast Intercoastal or take on countless cultural or eco adventures. Shop Las Olas boutiques and dine in style or hit happening local bars for happy hour.

Whatever your pleasure, let the Orbitz travel team inspire your Fort Lauderdale vacation with the top 10 things to do, best times to hit the beach and lesser-known gems.

Best time to take a vacation to Fort Lauderdale

  • Known for hot (and hotter) weather, Fort Lauderdale brings on warm beach vacations with gusto. For ideal beach weather and the most popular time to visit Fort Lauderdale, plan your trip between November and April when highs range from the 70s to the low 80s, with nighttime lows in the 60s.

    For the best hotel deals and fewer crowds, come to Fort Lauderdale late May through October. But here's the catch: this "rainy season" typically brings brief afternoon showers, followed by increased humidity which can make the heat downright intense. On the flip side, the town is much more accessible, open and affordable.

Insider tips for Fort Lauderdale travel

  • Cruiser's Express water taxi

    Before or after a Port Everglades cruise, travel famed waterways to five top stops, including the beach and Las Olas.

  • Historic Walking Tour

    By full moon or daylight, spend one hour touring the historic district with the Fort Lauderdale Historic Society.

  • Happy Hour

    Celebrate a Fort Lauderdale tradition from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with reduced drinks and food at Southport Raw Bar, Tarpon Bend and more.

  • Sea Turtle Walk

    Join the Museum of Discovery and Science to explore Loggerhead sea turtle nesting grounds, select nights June to July.

  • Young at Art Children's Art Museum

    Find interactive exhibits and top studio classes in a rare art-only museum for kids.

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Fort Lauderdale Vacation Packages

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1 The Westin Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale

4 stars
4.2 / 5 79 reviews

321 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard Map

Save 20% on your stay

Few hotels encapsulate the laidback luxury of Fort Lauderdale quite as well as The Westin Beach Resort and Spa. Perched right on the waterfront, with a 6,335-foot sundeck crowning the hotel's brilliant blue high-rise, guests will take in the Atlantic Ocean in all of its... More

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2 The Atlantic Hotel and Spa

5 stars
4.5 / 5 80 reviews

601 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd Map

Each room and suite at the Atlantic Hotel and Spa in Florida features a full kitchenette with microwave, stove and fridge, so guests can stock up on their favorite snacks and juices for in-room meals, or call room service to have delicious foods prepared and delivered.... More

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3 Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

4 stars
4.2 / 5 121 reviews

505 N. Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd Map

Includes two breakfast buffet certificates

Towering over the Port Everglades city on North Beach, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is a 4-Star hotel right on the oceanfront. Play the part of the pampered diva in one of the Hilton's signature suites by chilling in the Italian marble bath, or head down to the... More

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4 GALLERYone - a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 86 reviews

2670 East Sunrise Boulevard Map

Includes breakfast

High-rise Florida luxury on the Intracoastal WaterwayYachts glitter on the lazy waters of the Intracoastal Waterway, the backyard for Gallery ONE - A Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel. The prestigious address--just next to posh Galleria Mall--makes VIPs feel right at home... More

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5 Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six

4 stars
3.8 / 5 117 reviews

2301 Southeast 17th Street Causeway Map

Incl Daily coffee house breakfast, Self-parking

An enticing marina and glistening three-pool oasis Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Resort Spa and Marina towers over its crown jewel: a 127-slip marina and Aquatic Center, where guests can dock their yachts, rent water sports equipment or take a leisurely ride along the... More

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6 Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal

3 stars
4.5 / 5 154 reviews

3333 NE 32nd Avenue Map

Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal features sprouting orchids, layered lighting and a chic black bar area. Expansive windows look out onto sparkling seascapes below, where the hotel's private yacht docks on the Intracoastal Waterway. There are Cadillac... More

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7 W Fort Lauderdale

4 stars
3.9 / 5 45 reviews

401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard Map

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Hip, trendy beachfront hotel offering resort-style service and feelFeaturing the signature "Whatever/Whenever" service and breathtaking views of the ocean from the public spaces and rooms, the W Fort Lauderdale offers a hip and sophisticated experience right on the beach.... More

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8 Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach

3 stars
3.9 / 5 185 reviews

440 Seabreeze Boulevard Map

Rate includes breakfast

Tucked between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean in Fort Lauderdale, the Courtyard by Marriott combines the beauty of the Florida countryside with the city's pulsing energy. Dine at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company and the Blue Water Restaurant for some classic... More

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9 Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 51 reviews

1617 Southeast 17th Street Map

Rate includes breakfast

Experience tropical delight in this renovated luxury hotelThe builders of the renovated Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Port Everglades Hotel cite the Renaissance era of discovery, conquest and trade as their design inspiration. The guest rooms, lobby, restaurant and various... More

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10 Pelican Grand Beach Resort A Noble House Resort

4 stars
4.1 / 5 125 reviews

2000 North Ocean Blvd Map

One of Fort Lauderdale's most striking waterfront resorts, the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, A Noble House Resort delivers 106 oceanfront suites, all with private balconies, for those seeking accommodations with indulgent sea-gazing. With its palm-lined patios and outdoor... More

Fort Lauderdale highlights

  • Fort Lauderdale beaches

    Swim or sun at eco-friendly, clean beaches such as Deerfield, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Promenade and Pompano.

  • Port Everglades

    Board a cruise or stand in awe of towering ocean liners at one of the world's best seaports.

  • Riverwalk Park

    Find arts and entertainment among museums, a craft market, cafes and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

  • Stranahan House

    Enter one of Florida's oldest homes, built in 1901 in vernacular style and furnished with 1900-era antiques.

  • Las Olas Boulevard

    Shop this sophisticated mile downtown where high-fashion meets art and al fresco cafes.

  • Intercoastal Waterway and New River

    Discover the "Venice of America" by water taxi, Jungle Queen river cruise or gondola.

  • Florida Everglades

    Head 25 minutes from Fort Lauderdale to Sawgrass Recreation Park for an airboat tour of this magnificent swampland.

  • Butterfly World

    Wander a netted aviary with hundreds of butterflies, learn about butterfly lifecycles and visit nearby Tradewinds Park attractions.

  • High Taylor Birch State Recreation Area

    Bike, hike or canoe mangroves, lagoons and a last-standing, significant maritime hammock.

  • Wannado City

    Kids ages 4 to 11 score dream jobs for a day from 250 possible careers when asked, "Whatcha wanna do?"