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Visit America’s Answer to Venice

With miles of golden sands separated from the mainland by an intricate network of lazy canals, it’s easy to see why Fort Lauderdale has earned the name, ‘the Venice of America’. It’s well known for its vibrant nightlife, and hotels in Fort Lauderdale will put you within easy reach of some the best attractions in the area: from beautiful beaches and high-end shopping to protected swamplands and historic buildings.

Golden Sands and Glorious Gondolas

Fort Lauderdale hotels give you easy access to the city’s seven-mile swathe of sun-bleached sands. Favored by families for its clear, shallow waters, Fort Lauderdale Beach is backed by a bustling promenade, lined by gently-swaying palm trees. If you’re wondering where to stay in Fort Lauderdale, you’ll find hotels and accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets close to the beachfront, too. Behind the promenade is a network of waterways on which you can enjoy a leisurely gondola ride and see the city from a different perspective. This is the perfect setting for couples keen on spending some quality time together.

Family Days Out

While the region’s beaches are a major attraction, there are plenty of other things to see and do, particularly if you’re travelling with the family.

The Everglades National Park is only half an hour’s drive away. Get ready to leave behind the chic Fort Lauderdale hotels and modern shopping malls and step back in time to something that looks like a set from Jurassic Park. Strewn with sawgrass prairies, saltwater marshes and tangled mangroves, the landscape is home to a cacophony of cawing birds. However, it’s not just the rare birds that people come to see: hop in an airboat and zip along reedy rivers to see if you can spot alligators warming themselves in the sun or slinking into the water.

Don’t Forget the Keys

It might be a bit of a drive away but visiting the Florida Keys always comes highly recommended. These islands boast some of the most beautiful beaches in the State of Florida and offer secluded sunbathing away from the usual crowds. While its possible to get there by plane or boat, the best way is to take your car over the iconic Overseas Highway.

In addition to superb sunbathing opportunities, snorkeling and scuba diving are popular pastimes, particularly for those who want to keep an eye out for visiting turtles. Food lovers will be rewarded with some outstanding restaurants. The Florida Keys is reputed to be the home of the world-famous Key Lime Pie, so don’t pass up a chance to visit the Key West Key Lime Pie Company!

Retail Therapy

Bargain-hunters staying in Fort Lauderdale hotels can search for bargains in Las Olas Boulevard. Known locally as ‘Style Mile’, this is where you’ll find boutique fashion stores and independent retailers alongside big-name fashion houses. To turn your retail therapy into a full day out, head for The Galleria, along Sunrise Boulevard. A sleek, chic shopping mall, it’s packed with an array of upmarket stores and restaurants. And, if all that shopping gets tiring, you can always recharge your batteries with a quick pamper at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa.

Eating Out

If you’d rather venture away from Fort Lauderdale hotels for food, the city’s gastro scene offers everything from Peruvian and Mexican cuisine to sizzling steaks and exotic Thai dishes. Many restaurants serve freshly-caught seafood and serve it up in a variety of ways: from the simply-grilled to snapper tacos or spicy fish curries.

Whether you want something quick and casual or a delicious dinner in a fine-dining restaurant, there’s something for everyone. What’s more, hotels in Fort Lauderdale are in close proximity to many of the region’s best eateries.