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.
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
321 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard Map
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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
505 N. Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd Map
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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
The Historic Hollywood Beach Resort is located directly on the family friendly Hollywood Beach in Hollywood, Florida. The property is only minutes from the Ft Lauderdale International Airport and the Ft Lauderdale Cruise Port (Port Everglades). We are also close to... More
The Universal Palms Hotel surrounds you with all the tropical essentials you would expect from a South Florida establishment, from its jungle-wrapped swimming pool to its rocky waterfalls. Inside, the Venetian Restaurant showcases the hearty passions of Italy in its... More
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
2301 Southeast 17th Street Causeway Map
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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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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
For the ultimate oceanfront experience in South Florida, look no further than B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale. Located directly on the pristine white sand beach, B Ocean Resort is where you'll want to B for the ultimate beach vacation. With 487 bright and airy guest... More
2670 East Sunrise Boulevard Map
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
1881 SE 17th Street Map
Includes two breakfast buffet certificates
Florida's natural seaside vibe is reflected in the light sand and marine hues that saturate the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. Sunshine bounces off the walls of the accommodations, gently beaming in through large floor-to-ceiling windows, while suites come with special... More
Fort Lauderdale highlights
Fort Lauderdale beaches
Swim or sun at eco-friendly, clean beaches such as Deerfield, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Promenade and Pompano.
Board a cruise or stand in awe of towering ocean liners at one of the world's best seaports.
Find arts and entertainment among museums, a craft market, cafes and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
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.
Head 25 minutes from Fort Lauderdale to Sawgrass Recreation Park for an airboat tour of this magnificent swampland.
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.
Kids ages 4 to 11 score dream jobs for a day from 250 possible careers when asked, "Whatcha wanna do?"