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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

Hotel only $92

Free airport shuttle serving FLL travelers and a free breakfast Business and leisure travelers target the Best Western Fort Lauderdale Airport Cruise Port for affordable rates and an accessible location near the Broward County Convention Center and the Port Everglades... More

Hotel only $54

Economy hotel operates shuttles to Port Everglades and the airport Red Carpet Inn – Airport/Cruise Port Fort Lauderdale patrons take advantage of budget rates and shuttle service to the airport and Port Everglades from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The courtyard-style property is... More

Hotel only $69

3 Ramada Hollywood Downtown

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Stay 2, Save 15%

Downtown Hollywood hotel with free breakfast buffet and pool Travelers with a taste for Hollywood nightlife, shopping arts and culture head to the Ramada Downtown Hollywood, a short ride to Young Circle, area boutiques and of course, the famous Hollywood Boardwalk. Back... More

Hotel only $109

Affordable oceanfront Fort Lauderdale hotel with poolThe Sea Club Resort attracts travelers who appreciate an on-site pool, easy beach access, and rooms with waterfront views. Guests indulge in ocean views from The Deck Restaurant or pick up souvenirs in the gift shop... More

Hotel only $79

Conveniently located off Route 7 only minutes from Fort Lauderdale, this Ramada Plaza Fort Lauderdale hotel is near Port Everglades, Butterfly World, shopping at Las Olas Boulevard and the Festival Flea Market, many museums including the Bonnet House Estate, Seminole Hard... More

Hotel only $99

6 Beachcomber Resort and Villas

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Tropical South Florida hotel with a lovable tiki barThe palm tree-lined beach sets a blissful scene at the Beachcomber Resort & Villas, a Pompano Beach hotel where two large outdoor pools are the center of the action. When beachgoers are finished playing volleyball or... More

Hotel only $59

Fort Lauderdale hotel lures with tiki bar and outdoor poolTravelers on a budget find the basics at Lauderdale Beachside Hotel, which covers two buildings--one directly on the beach and the other next to the A1A. Guests gather at the outdoor pool or for drinks and light... More

Hotel only $199

A return to tradition at a casual Fort Lauderdale beach resort A roomy veranda with rocking chairs signifies the casual appeal of Pelican Grand Beach Resort, a family-friendly hotel right on the oceanfront. Visitors enjoy watching time go by in the zero entry pool, lazy... More

Hotel only $174

Modern stay in Fort Lauderdale with ocean views, pool and bistroThe B Ocean Fort Lauderdale has 240 rooms with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Families on vacation or visitors on business trips find the location ideal: The hotel is close to the Las Olas... More

Hotel only $55

10 Avalon Waterfront Inns

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Popular hotel with beach location and sea views offering great valueThe Avalon Waterfront Inns is well known as an ideal base for exploring the beautiful waterfront region of Fort Lauderdale, and its location could not be better for seeing the local sights. The hotel sits... 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?"