Once known as America’s spring break capital, Fort Lauderdale has since shaken off the reputation of being a rowdy, college spring break and grown into a refined community that brings in over 3 million passengers to its cruise port each year. With Fort Lauderdale’s bustling seafront that is filled with waterways, sun-kissed beaches and endless shopping at your fingertips, it’s not hard to see why this cruise port is the second busiest in the world.
Did you know that since 1999 the beaches of Fort Lauderdale have continuously been certified as Blue Wave Beaches by the Clean Beaches Council of Washington DC? You then won’t be surprised to hear that Fort Lauderdale is home to some of the finest beaches in Florida (23 miles of sun kissed beaches to be exact), with many of the beaches been within easy walk of many hotels, restaurants and sightseeing opportunities in the city.
Fort Lauderdale doesn’t just hold claim to some of the best beaches in Florida, it also has a fantastic reputation for its attraction of yachts, with many dubbing the city as the "Yachting Capital of the World". With an astonishing statistic of over 40,000 yachts or crafts that call Fort Lauderdale home, it’s not hard to see why so many refer to this city as the yachting capital of the world. Perhaps one of the main reasons the area is home to this many yachts, is all down to the huge amount of waterways this city has to offer, with over 300 miles of Venice-like waterways that cut throughout the city.
Did you know that 90% of sea turtle nesting in the US occurs in Florida? During the months of March to October, sea turtles return to their home beaches to lay their eggs, before returning back to the waters. Two months later the eggs will hatch, with tiny turtles emerging from their eggs before making their own way to the waters. Many of Fort Lauderdale’s coastal residents and visitors give sea turtles a helping hand by helping to keep the beaches clean and reduce artificial lighting, allowing mother sea turtles to lay their eggs without distraction. You can also see this all in action by joining one of the Sea Walks that are action during the sea turtle nesting season.
Away from the beach and seafront Fort Lauderdale you can take a walk along the trendy boutique area of Las Olas Boulevard, where shopping lovers will want to shop until they drop. With so many boutique stores combined with upscale malls, there is everything the heart could desire.
Fort Lauderdale is the perfect location for embarking or disembarking cruises and is used by many cruise lines as a homeport for Caribbean adventures and Panama Canal itineraries. Spend an extra few days here with a pre or post cruise stay and spend a little longer in the sunny destination of Fort Lauderdale.