Destination guide

It's the Fort that counts

Palm-lined beaches, designer boutiques, and big shiny boats, Fort Lauderdale attracts them all. Known as the Venice of America, thanks to its extensive canal system, Fort Lauderdale lies 28 miles from Miami. Get your Floridian adventure off to a cracking start by booking a Fort Lauderdale vacation rental with an ocean view. Stroll along the Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk, visit the 18th-century Stranahan House, or take a trip on the Everglades and meet Florida's resident gators. After dark, head to Downtown and sample some of the city's upscale restaurants and swanky bars.

Things to do

Beaches, history and shopping, Fort Lauderdale is lord of the fun things

Book a Fort Lauderdale vacation rental in the downtown Riverwalk District and wake up to this lush oasis in the heart of the city. Running alongside the city's New River, this buzzy, tropical walkway is a vibrant attraction lined with shops and galleries, and cafes and bars. And if you don't fancy walking it, hop on the free Riverwalk Water Trolley. Or visit Stranahan House, the former home of the city's founders, Frank and Ivy Stranahan. Built in 1901, it's the oldest house in Broward County and now a fascinating history museum.

Activities

Laud it up on the beaches of Fort Lauderdale

Promising 23 miles of buttery sands fringed with swaying palm trees, the beaches of Fort Lauderdale rival many along this coast. Come and paddle in the Atlantic Ocean, spot dolphins on a sea life safari cruise, or pull in a marlin from one of the many fishing piers. And as the sun goes down, the beachfront wakes up. Kick back with a sundowner and a shrimp cocktail in the array of seafood restaurants and buzzy beach bars which dot Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard.

Weather

Some like it hot—Fort Lauderdale gets steamy in summer

Florida's sunshine record is frankly unbeatable. And Fort Lauderdale has it in spades. While it sees plenty of the hot stuff throughout the year, the best time to visit is between December and April, when temperatures are a comfortable 80 degrees. It's also the busiest time, and Fort Lauderdale vacation rentals get booked up quickly. The summer months are very hot and very humid, and susceptible to heavy rain showers and hurricanes, so pack a strong umbrella, as well as your sunscreen.

Natural features

Live happily Everglades after in Fort Lauderdale

Perched on Florida's Atlantic Coast, Fort Lauderdale is a popular sun-drenched city 28 miles north of Miami. An hour's drive southwest of the beach city is Florida's iconic Everglades National Park, with 1.5 million-acres of wetlands dominating Florida's southern tip. Made up largely of mangroves, it's best navigated by flat-bottomed airboats which buzz around the glades. There are hundreds of guided boat tours on offer. The area is popular with birdwatchers and nature lovers, and is also home to a wealth of wildlife, from leatherback turtles and manatee, to the snappy Floridian alligator.

How to get there

How to get to and around Fort Lauderdale

Fly into Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL-Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood Intl.), the closest airport, located 4.2 mi (6.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Fort Lauderdale, FL (FXE-Fort Lauderdale Executive), which is 6.5 mi (10.5 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Fort Lauderdale Station, Fort Lauderdale Station and Fort Lauderdale Cypress Creek Station are the main stations in the area.

Where to stay around Fort Lauderdale?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 5,308 vacation rentals near Fort Lauderdale. From 1,697 Houses to 2,759 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Fort Lauderdale are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Fort Lauderdale?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Fort Lauderdale:

  • Central Fort Lauderdale: 531 vacation rentals
  • Lauderdale Beach: 913 vacation rentals
  • Galt Mile: 181 vacation rentals
  • Las Olas Isles: 564 vacation rentals
  • Victoria Park: 386 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Fort Lauderdale?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Fort Lauderdale. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Fort Lauderdale Beach Park: 3,626 vacation rentals
  • Las Olas Beach: 4,702 vacation rentals
  • Port Everglades: 6,341 vacation rentals
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center: 3,983 vacation rentals
  • Water Taxi: 5,859 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Fort Lauderdale listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Fort Lauderdale?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,697 Houses in Fort Lauderdale. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Fort Lauderdale include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 2,759 rentals available
  • Villas: 151 rentals available
  • Cottages: 83 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Fort Lauderdale?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 3,559 vacation rentals with pool available in Fort Lauderdale. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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