Most of our short vacations are planned on a whim and 8/10 times the cities we have ended up going to in the past year were in Florida. We love the sunshine state and its gorgeous palm fringed beaches with welcoming azure waters. Thanks to its close proximity to Georgia, Florida has off late turned into our quick getaway destination!
I have been to 6 cities in Florida and out of all of them, Fort Lauderdale is by far my favorite. Apart from gorgeous beaches, you will also find innumerable lakes, lagoons and canals at every nook and corner. This ‘Venice of America’ apparently has around 165 miles of canals and waterways. But unlike Venice, this city isn’t sinking! 😛
Having visited Fort Lauderdale thrice already, I have gotten quite acquainted with the in’s and out’s of this city and the cities surrounding it – Miami, Weston, Sunrise, etc. I will not talk in detail about Miami since I have a dedicated post coming up for it. But will still include bits and bobs about places you can visit in and around Fort Lauderdale and the cities within driving distance from it. It might help you get a great perspective on the city and kick start your vacation planning to visit the Venice of America! 😀
WHERE TO STAY?
Each time we visit Ft Lauderdale, we stay at the Bonaventure Resort and Spa. It’s technically situated in Weston but we still stay there since it’s only a few minutes drive to the husband’s work place and also to Ft Lauderdale city. The experience of staying in this resort is wonderful. The suites in Bonaventure are so big that it’s actually a mini apartment with a living room, kitchen, bedroom, 1.5 bath and has every possible amenities one would need. We absolutely loved the view of the lagoon from our room. I would just sit in front of the water for hours and read a book or just listen to music and look at the ducks. It was absolutely amazing!
The resort also has a huge golf course, a spa, a huge pool with a poolside bar and couple of waterfalls, 2 other mini pools and lots of waterbodies around the area. It’s a great place to stay and we highly recommend you to stay there the next time you are in the area!
GETTING AROUND THE CITY
We have either driven our own car or have gotten a rental car every time we have visited Fort Lauderdale. It’s the easiest way to get around the city. If rental cars are not your thing, you can definitely try the Broward County Transit buses or the sun trolley which is either free or costs 50 cents per ticket at the most. The last and probably the most used mode of transportation that you can use is of course an Uber or a Lyft.
WHERE TO EAT?
Finding a place to eat is mostly never a problem in America since you have your Chipotles and Subways at every nook and corner of the city. On one of our mornings there, we had breakfast in a small restaurant by the beach called ‘Kisses from Italy’. As vegetarians, finding good food is quite a hassle but this restaurant was vegetarian friendly with some great options. It’s a nice place if you want to grab a quick bite to eat or want to have some coffee and breakfast. Depending on what cuisine you like, you can also find lots of other great lunch and dinner options by the beach with amazing views. There’s definitely something for everybody!
WHERE TO SHOP?
THINGS TO DO & PLACES TO SEE:
- Cruise along the winding waterways and canals to experience the “Venice of America” by taking a cruise with the same name.
- Stroll along the pier in Fort Lauderdale Beach.
- Explore the Everglades National Park – which is home to numerous endangered species like Florida Panther, West Indian Manatee and the American Crocodile.
- Visit the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens.
- Explore the beautiful waterfront area in Las Olas Boulevard.
- Pay a visit to Butterfly World.
- Hike along the various trails in the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.
- Visit the Museum of Art.
- Shop till you drop at Aventura Mall (Miami) and Sawgrass Mills (Sunrise).
- Visit Miami (it’s only an hour away)
That’s about it. I hope you enjoyed your virtual tour of Miami’s little sister aka Fort Lauderdale. If you have been to Fort Lauderdale before, do share your favorite spots below. I would love to know!
Until next time…