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Where to Stay in Fort Lauderdale?
Florida's Fort Lauderdale has seven miles of gorgeous beaches and tourists flock to the myriad events that take place on the sands fringing the Atlantic coast, from boating, windsurfing and jet skiing to scuba diving, snorkelling and deep-sea diving. When the heat gets too much, brush off the sand, slip on your flip-flops and head for one of the cafes and restaurants that line the promenade for a cool beer. If you’re there early morning, you’ll just be sharing the promenade with a few joggers and rollerbladers but as evening approaches it begins its transition to buzzing nighttime meeting point. Across the road you’ll find dozens of hotels, restaurants and bars.
If you don’t fancy being right in the thick of it, Greater Fort Lauderdale has another 16 miles of pretty coastline which is slightly less frantic but still with great facilities and plenty of places to stay. Hollywood Beach, which runs from Sheridan Street to Georgia Street, is a laid-back stretch of the coast attracting hip surfer dude types and families whose kids chase around the 30 feet wide three-mile long Hollywood Beach Boardwalk. It’s also a popular spot for retirees doing a spot of outdoor ballroom dancing, runners and skaters.
Fort Lauderdale Accommodation Options
There’s literally a hotel on almost every corner of Fort Lauderdale, offering everything from dormitory-like hostels great for those on a budget to fancy five star establishments with suites overlooking the Atlantic. With the array of hotels jostling for your attention, good hotel deals are relatively easy to come by.
You'll find most international upmarket chains scattered throughout Downtown Fort Lauderdale -- mostly along the water -- including Sheraton, Hilton, Westin and Marriott properties.
Outside the centre, many two- and three-star US chains have a presence on the various beaches along the coast. In Hollywood you’ll get more for your money and cheaper hotels. The Holiday Inn has rooms right on the seafront for reasonable rates and the Howard Johnson also offers a great location for the money.
Fort Lauderdale Hotel Recommendations?
Celebrate something special at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale’s elegant Italian grill restaurant Via Luna – or try the ultra lavish spa. Up the coast is the Harbour Beach Marriott Resort and Spa which has the largest private beach in South Florida. Lap up the sun away from the crowds or cool off in its 8,000 square-foot tropical lagoon pool. The Montreal Inn is a decent clean budget hotel in a good location, its rooms containing self-catering facilities to help you save money.
Transport in Fort Lauderdale
If you’re flying into Miami Airport, there are lots of minibus shuttles that will take you to downtown Fort Lauderdale. If you arrive into The Fort Lauderdale/ Hollywood International Airport, many hotels subscribe to a shuttle service to transport you to the area you are staying in. You can also take the Broward County Transit Buses or the Tri-rail feeder buses. They leave from the west end of terminal one, between terminals two and three and between terminals three and four.
Most people hire a car to explore the Greater Fort Lauderdale area and Fort Lauderdale itself as the bus services are not comprehensive and can be rather confusing. Taking a taxi is, of course, always possible in this rather spread out city but the fares can add up pretty quickly.