Fort Lauderdale is a common starting point for many Caribbean cruises, and while many guests tend to arrive just in time to embark, the city itself certainly warrants at least a day of exploring. So instead of simply using Fort Lauderdale as a start or end point, consider spending a bit of extra time here. To help with a little inspiration, here are our favourite things to do in Fort Lauderdale.
Relax on the beach
With over 23 miles of beaches with promenades, there’s plenty of room for everyone to make the most of Fort Lauderdale’s balmy temperatures, which average at 25°C. Whether you prefer sunbathing with a book and a cocktail, or walking along the beach occasionally dipping your toes in the sea, spending time relaxing at one of the many beaches will leave you feeling soothed and refreshed.
Look around the art district
Many visitors are unaware of Fort Lauderdale’s dynamic art scene. Made up of four city blocks, the art district – known as F.A.T Village – is a fantastic hub for all things creative. With impressive colourful murals, galleries and shops showcasing local creations, and charming cafes and coffee shops, an afternoon spent here can be interesting and often culturally enriching.
Savour delicious Floridian food
Known as the Sunshine State, Florida is unsurprisingly home to some great quality produce. From perfectly crisp orange juice, to bright red and juicy tomatoes, the state has the very best ingredients to create some incredible culinary treats. Try world class food including seafood and even alligator if you’re feeling adventurous, and be sure to wash it all down with a tasty local craft beer.
Discover the Everglades
The Everglades National Park is just over an hour from Fort Lauderdale, and offers the perfect chance to get closer to nature and explore some unspoiled landscape. From an exhilarating air boat you will glide swiftly across the marshes taking in some pretty scenery, birdlife, and with any luck the famed Floridian ‘gators will also make an appearance.
Explore Venetian-style canals
When exploring Fort Lauderdale, be sure to make the most of the city’s extensive canal network. Often compared to those in Venice, the waterways are not only pretty, but they can be convenient for traversing the city via boat or water taxi. Opting for this mode of transport will also enable you to see some of the gorgeous mansions found in Fort Lauderdale, which are owned by various celebrities and millionaires.