This is a city where you can saunter amongst the rich and swanky - and there are plenty of those - without having to be either. The city is really about the beach and the water, the latter including both the sea and the series of inland waterways which has earned the city the title ‘Venice of the Americas’. The best places to stay in Fort Lauderdale, not surprisingly, are on the water’s edge.
Stroll along the palm-tree dotted promenade, swerving to avoid runners, skaters and cyclists, or play about on the seven miles of beach with its surfing, basketball and volleyball.
The northern stretches are more for people-watching; expect to see miniscule amounts of costume and plenty of oiled-up flesh.
Take a cruise on the waterways - the Carrie B, a replica 19th-century steamboat, is one of the nicest ways - to ogle at the mega-yachts and mansions of the rich and famous. There's a handful of high-quality museums, such as the Museum of Art, and plenty of shopping and dining on Las Olas Boulevard. Or gawp at the mega-cruise ships at Port Everglades one of the world’s busiest cruise-ports.
The best places to stay in Fort Lauderdale include splashy hotels on the beach and more old-Florida-charm hotels inland. Just don't forget to book well in advance.....this is a busy spot year round.
Warm and sophisticated hotel perched on the banks of the Intercoastal Waterway. Views onto the water or the outdoor pool from rooms and suites which are tastefully decorated in a colonial style. Hop on the water taxi to explore downtown Fort Lauderdale. On-site restaurant serves Mediterranean fare.