Area Info

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Located in the center of South Florida’s Gold Coast, midway between Palm Beach and Miami, Greater Fort Lauderdale stretches from Deerfield Beach and Pompano in the north to Hollywood and Hallandale Beach in the south. Sprawling across 1,200 square miles that include 505,600 acres of Everglades on the western edge, the region is home to 30 cities and 1.7 million residents.

AIRPORT
The major airlines service all three airports. Ft. Lauderdale International Located right in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. Minutes to all accommodations. Palm Beach International (PBI) Forty-five minutes from Fort Lauderdale. Miami International (MIA) Forty-five minutes from Fort Lauderdale.

CRUISE PORT ENTRY
Many major cruise lines depart from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. Combining a trip to Fort Lauderdale with your cruise is a wonderful idea.

TRANSPORTATION
The best way to explore Fort Lauderdale is by car. Public transportation is available, but not very practical. The Water Taxi ((954) 467-6677) is a fun way of exploring the Intracoastal Waterway between Port Everglades and Commercial Boulevard and along the New River into downtown Fort Lauderdale. Taxis are also available.

MARINAS
Fort Lauderdale has three convenient marinas located near on in the downtown area.
New River/Downtown Docking

Las Olas Marina

Cooley’s Landing

DRESS
Dress in Florida is very casual. Shorts are the norm at most establishments, however the more upscale restaurants may require pants. Ties and jackets are never required. The weather is very warm so leave the heavy sweaters and long sleeve shirts behind. Oh, and don’t forget your sunglasses and suntan lotion.

FOREIGN CURRENCY EXCHANGE
The dollar is the form of currency used in the USA. Foreign Currency Exchange can be made at major banks.

USEFUL NUMBERS
Chamber of Commerce (954)462-6000
The Pride Center (954)463-9005
Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (800)227-8669

WEATHER
Winter temperatures average in the Upper 70’s to Mid 80’s. Summers are quite warm with temperatures ranging from the Upper 80’s to low 100’s. Hurricane season runs from June to November. Storms are more likely to occur during September and October.