Fort Lauderdale is a city on the southeastern coast of the United States located in the state of Florida, about 37 kilometers north of Miami and 340 kilometers south of Orlando.
It is known as the “Venice of Florida” by the miles-long waterways that run through the city and are often connected to the Atlantic Ocean.
Fort Lauderdale is a popular vacation destination with an average temperature of 24.2 ° C. The city is known for its many bars, clubs, restaurants, the party atmosphere, shopping centers, its pearly white beaches of a total of 11 km bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the many water sports possibilities.
In addition, Fort Lauderdale is a weekly start for many tens of thousands of cruise passengers from all over the world starting their cruise vacation from Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale harbor). From Port Everglades, cruise ships depart from various shipping companies including Holland America Line to various destinations in the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and even the West Coast of the United States.
What to do in Fort Lauderdale?
Fort Lauderdale has a number of large covered shopping malls in the immediate vicinity where you can do shopping for clothing, shoes, electronics, and so on. The most popular, and also the second largest mall in Florida, is Sawgrass Mills mall. This mall is located approximately 20 to 30 minutes from the tourist beach area of Fort Lauderdale and offers a huge amount and variety of shops and restaurants.
Almost right on the beach in the popular hotel area around A1A and Sunrise Blvd. you can find The Galleria Mall. This is a smaller mall area than the Sawgrass Mills mall. The Galleria Mall is a place where you can find mainly the somewhat more expensive brand stores. Macy’s, Dillards and Neiman Marcus are the larger department stores that can be found in this mall.
Just outside Fort Lauderdale, but within a radius of up to 30 minutes by car, there are a number of other large covered malls including Aventura Mall (Aventura, Florida) and Westfield Broward Mall (Plantation, Florida).
In addition to the large covered shopping malls, there are numerous smaller open strip malls in the Fort Lauderdale area, including The Harbor Shops on SE 17th Street.
One of the most popular shopping streets is Las Olas Boulevard. Las Olas Boulevard is located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale about 5 kilometers from the beach. On Las Olas Boulevard you will find 65 stores with clothing and gift items, 30 different restaurants, 10 international art galleries and a historic hotel. The website Livability.com has voted Downtown Fort Lauderdale in 2014 as the number 7 of the best Downtown areas in the United States.