Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Just 50 kilometres north of Miami, Florida is well known for its lively culture and entertainment, almost perpetual sunshine and great beaches. Owing its current name to its position as a naval base in the early twentieth century, today it is a cosmopolitan hive of activity whilst maintaining its seafaring focus. It’s a major centre for yachting and the recreational boating industry and is a popular stop for both cruises and private craft.
- 4,500 secure car spaces across two parking garages, with prices around $15 per day
- Vehicle-to-ship porter service for outgoing passengers
- A children’s play area
- Snack machines and waiting areas in each terminal.
How To Get Around
- Currency - the currency in Fort Lauderdale is the American dollar. 1 dollar is made up of 100 cents, however they are often known by their colloquial title. Coins come in 1 cent (penny), 5 cents (nickel), 10 cents (dime), 25 cents (quarter), 50 cents (half dollar) and 1 dollar. Notes come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 dollars.
- Time Zone - Fort Lauderdale uses Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) from March to October, and Eastern Standard Time (EST) from November to February. EDT is -4 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time, whilst EST is -5 hours behind.
- Weather - Fort Lauderdale’s climate is classified as tropical rainforest, with the average daily temperature always above 19 degrees Celsius. The maximum average high is in August, with 32 degrees Celsius. The minimum average low however is 14 degrees Celsius in January.
- Fort Lauderdale Beach - this beach is a great place to people watch. It’s lined with restaurants bars and hotels and is a bustling microcosm of the city. Part of the city’s 11 kilometres of beaches, Fort Lauderdale Beach is ideal to catch some sun, go for a swim, enjoy some volleyball or just relax.
- Water Taxi - canals serviced by water taxis run throughout the city, consider jumping aboard for convenience. It’s also a great way to see sights that can be missed on foot or through a bus window. There are several routes with hop-on/hop-off tickets available.
- The Everglades - Florida’s tropical wetlands – home to some of the regions rarest animals such as the manatee and the Florida panther – are a short drive from Fort Lauderdale. As a world heritage site, it is best explored with a licensed operator and tours of the area are available from several locations.
- Las Olas Boulevard - with a selection of great restaurants, shops and art galleries, Las Olas Boulevard is the place to go to get in amongst the action. The affluence associated with Miami overlaps Fort Lauderdale’s seafaring charm with yacht charters and high-end fashion boutiques among excellent al fresco dining options.