Welcome to Fort Lauderdale
Situated on the shores of the Atlantic, Fort Lauderdale boasts over 23 miles of coastline. Its white sand beaches and bright blue waters are among the defining features that attract newcomers and visitors. It boasts 246 sunny days a year with an average temperature of 77°F. It’s often referred to as the "Venice of America" due to its extensive canal system. Many homes have private boat docks, and the proximity to the Intracoastal Waterway makes this a haven for boating enthusiasts.
Fort Lauderdale offers a range of housing options that cater to those seeking a luxurious and upscale lifestyle. Waterfront estates have unparalleled views, boat facilities, and direct access to the canal system. Beachfront residences provide the ultimate coastal lifestyle. Gated communities add an extra level of exclusivity and privacy. Resort-style condominiums come with services and shared amenities. Downtown is lined with shops, eateries, art galleries, and entertainment venues. And the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport makes it convenient for jet-setters to travel on domestic and international flights.
What to Love
Diverse housing includes beach houses, waterfronts, and luxury condos
Access to the waterways and an active maritime culture
Thriving culture and culinary scenes
Excellent entertainment and nightlife
Year-round sunny weather and miles of pristine coastline
Proximity to Miami and two international airports
Fort Lauderdale’s lifestyle is characterized by its coastal setting, laid-back atmosphere, and lively cosmopolitan appeal. Year-round outdoor recreation and water activities promote a healthier, more active lifestyle among its residents. It’s also rich in arts and culture, and residents greatly support its museums and performance theaters.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Fort Lauderdale boasts a diverse culinary scene with trendy eateries, fresh seafood, and fine dining. For a decadent supper club setting, Mastro's Ocean Club takes waterfront dining to a new level. Indulge in caviar, Japanese Wagyu, and steakhouse specialties while sipping specialty cocktails and listening to live music.
For fresh seafood, locals and tourists flock to Blue Moon Fish Co. Their extensive menu features fresh-caught seafood and scrumptious dishes. Their Sunday brunch buffet includes a carving station, made-to-order omelets, a raw bar, and bottomless mimosas. The outdoor seating along the Intracoastal Waterway offers diners stunning views.
For Italian fare, Cafe Vico Restaurant is rated as one of South Florida's best restaurants. Traditional Italian cuisine includes specialties such as veal scallopini, seafood pasta, eggplant parmesan, and penne vodka. The piano bar setting is elegant and romantic, with white tablecloths and rustic decor.
Just stroll down Las Olas Boulevard for additional dining options, plus shopping, art galleries, and entertainment. The palm tree-lined street is lined with eateries and storefronts and serves as one of Fort Lauderdale’s central social hubs.
Things to Do
The annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is one of the world's largest and most prestigious boat shows. It’s held at multiple locations, including the Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Bahia Mar Yachting Center, and Pier 66 Marina. Featuring a stunning collection of vessels, from small boats to luxury superyachts, it draws over 1,000 exhibitors and 100,000 attendees.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts hosts over 700 plays, concerts, workshops, and events every year. The world-class performance center ranks among the top ten most visited in the world. Since its renovation and expansion in 2014, it’s become the anchor of the city’s vibrant cultural scene.
Just west of downtown, Plantation Preserve Golf Course and Club is a public golf course and one of the city’s best. A multi-use trail and Everglades-inspired wetlands surround the challenging 18-hole course. There’s a state-of-the-art practice facility for those looking to improve their game.
If golf is your game, Coral Ridge Country Club boasts a 12-hole putting green, a nine-hole par three course, and a championship 18-hole course. You must be invited to become a member, but once you're in, you will have access to onsite dining and drinks, a calendar of social events, world-class tennis courts, and a swimming pool.
Connecting many of downtown’s main attractions, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale is a picturesque park and promenade. It’s a popular spot for leisurely strolls, morning jogs, or just enjoying the scenic views along the river.