Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Just 50 kilometres north of Miami, Florida is well known for its lively culture and entertainment, almost perpetual sunshine and great beaches. Owing its current name to its position as a naval base in the early twentieth century, today it is a cosmopolitan hive of activity whilst maintaining its seafaring focus. It’s a major centre for yachting and the recreational boating industry and is a popular stop for both cruises and private craft.
Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglade is one of the busiest cruise ports in North America and has been voted one of the top cruise ports in the world. Boasting more home ported cruise ships than any other port worldwide, over three million passengers set sail from Port Everglade every year.
Eight kilometres from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and a 10-minute cab ride from the city, Port Everglade is ideally located for those wanting to spend some time in town or simply passing through.
Fort Lauderdale’s port is one of the most heavily trafficked passenger ports in the world and is fitted with many modern conveniences including:
- 4,500 secure car spaces across two parking garages, with prices around $15 per day
- Vehicle-to-ship porter service for outgoing passengers
- A children’s play area
- Snack machines and waiting areas in each terminal.
There are also numerous cafes and eateries scattered around the port area, easily accessible on foot. These include some fine dining and seafood options as well as fast food staples.
How To Get Around
Getting to and from the port at Fort Lauderdale is easy. Free shuttle services operate from the port to rental car agencies, whilst some hotels also offer shuttle services.
Fort Lauderdale bus services operate frequently from the Northport section of Port Everglades and are subject to timetable. A taxi will take around 10 to 15 minutes to downtown Fort Lauderdale and cost around $20 depending on your end destination.
- Currency: The currency in Fort Lauderdale is the American dollar. 1 dollar is made up of 100 cents, however they are often known by their colloquial title. Coins come in 1 cent (penny), 5 cents (nickel), 10 cents (dime), 25 cents (quarter), 50 cents (half dollar) and 1 dollar. Notes come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 dollars.
- Time Zone: Fort Lauderdale uses Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) from March to October, and Eastern Standard Time (EST) from November to February. EDT is -4 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time, whilst EST is -5 hours behind.
- Weather: Fort Lauderdale’s climate is classified as tropical rainforest, with the average daily temperature always above 19 degrees Celsius. The maximum average high is in August, with 32 degrees Celsius. The minimum average low however is 14 degrees Celsius in January.
- Fort Lauderdale Beach - This beach is a great place to people watch. It’s lined with restaurants bars and hotels and is a bustling microcosm of the city. Part of the city’s 11 kilometres of beaches, Fort Lauderdale Beach is ideal to catch some sun, go for a swim, enjoy some volleyball or just relax.
- Water Taxi - Canals serviced by water taxis run throughout the city, consider jumping aboard for convenience. It’s also a great way to see sights that can be missed on foot or through a bus window. There are several routes with hop-on/hop-off tickets available.
- The Everglades - Florida’s tropical wetlands – home to some of the regions rarest animals such as the manatee and the Florida panther – are a short drive from Fort Lauderdale. As a world heritage site, it is best explored with a licensed operator and tours of the area are available from several locations.
- Las Olas Boulevard - With a selection of great restaurants, shops and art galleries, Las Olas Boulevard is the place to go to get in amongst the action. The affluence associated with Miami overlaps Fort Lauderdale’s seafaring charm with yacht charters and high-end fashion boutiques among excellent al fresco dining options.