Beautiful beaches, year-round warm weather, and landmarks that appeal to history buffs everywhere: these are just a few of the reasons why visitors flock to Fort Lauderdale. You’ll have front-door access to all of them when you stay in one of our Fort Lauderdale vacation rentals.
Nestled between the bright lights and big city of Miami and the quaint coastal town of Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale is equal parts laid-back beach haven and lively arts and entertainment mecca. It’s also one of the most popular destinations for Florida vacation rentals, thanks to its access to both small town living and big city amenities.
Vacationers of all ages flock to our Fort Lauderdale beach rentals because the city has something for everyone. Catch some rays on any of Fort Lauderdale’s 23 miles of sun-kissed beaches—including Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, and Hollywood Beach—all within a short walk from restaurants, shopping, and even your front door.
Kids will love building sandcastles on the white sand beach and swimming in the aquamarine Atlantic waters while you relax and read a great novel with a South Florida-inspired plot by author Carl Hiaasen, one of Fort Lauderdale’s native sons. Afterwards, head over to any of the area’s low-key beach bar and grill restaurants, like Coconuts, for noshing on some conch fritters and catch-of-the-day seafood as you watch yachts sail by on the New River Sound.
When the sun goes down the night comes alive, so put on your dancing shoes and head to the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, just minutes from our Fort Lauderdale vacation homes. Here you’ll find art galleries, world-class concerts at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and more. Though kids are welcome on these tours and in the Riverwalk area, the events in this district undoubtedly will appeal more to grown-up tastes.
There’s no wrong way to experience this city. When it’s time to begin a day of exploration, you can hop aboard the Water Taxi. A day-use ticket will grant you access to all 15 stops anywhere from the beach to the shops on Las Olas Boulevard. This is one of the main strips in Fort Lauderdale, and where you’ll find everything from high-end shops to quirky boutiques to buzzing nightlife.
There are a number of public parks and beaches near our Fort Lauderdale vacation rentals for leisurely days in the sun. Fort Lauderdale Beach Park offers a premium green space as well as volleyball, picnic areas, a boat ramp, and playground. And while Fort Lauderdale offers plenty to see on land, the city’s coastal location boasts plenty of underwater activities, too.
Naturalists and those seeking outdoor adventure take note: snorkeling and scuba diving off Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Beach has a three-tiered reef system to explore year-round. Divers can snorkel right off the beach and discover the unique Biorock Project, an artificial reef structure deployed in 2011 and now home to sea turtles, tropical fish, and many more sea creatures. It also provides the backdrop to BugFest-by-the-Sea, a week-long series of fun events, seminars, and contests for scuba divers centered around Florida’s two-day lobster mini-season at the end of July.
If you’re in search of something fun and educational, the Museum of Discovery and Science is a must-see. Catch a screening at the IMAX Theater, learn about prehistoric Florida, or fall in love with the two-story river otter exhibits.
Or if you’re looking for cultural history, the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens is a lovely place to spend the afternoon, strolling through the lavish home, art galleries, and gardens. If you just can’t get enough, the Stranahan House offers more local history in a perfectly preserved home from the 20th century, complete with antiques and furniture. On these guided walks you’ll also learn about the city’s founding families and their lasting legacies.
If you’re looking for a thrill, be sure to spend a day at the Xtreme Action Park: Florida’s largest indoor entertainment venue. The kids will have a blast—plus get some of that energy out—in this 200,000 square feet facility. Test your skills with a number of fun activities from bowling to a ropes course to an indoor race track.
You can even cruise along the beautiful New River in the Jungle Queen Riverboat, one of the most famous cruises in the world. Treat yourself to some of the best sightseeing in Fort Lauderdale from live music and performances to great dining. However you choose to explore this fun and exciting place, you can return to relax in one of our bright, airy, and spacious Fort Lauderdale vacation rentals.
Fort Lauderdale offers immediate access to the blue waters and great surf of Florida’s Atlantic coast. Many of Florida’s famed Atlantic beaches north and south of Fort Lauderdale, including Palm Beach, South Beach, and Vero Beach, are easily reached via Interstate 95. For a more urban experience, Miami's world-famous food, shopping, and nightlife scenes are just 30 miles down the road.
Giant alligators, snakes, and other assorted swamp critters can be seen in preserved native habitat 73 miles away in the Everglades National Park. In the cooler (but still warm!) winter months, kids will love a visit to this national park, where daily tours on airboats give up close views of all the swamp species. If you book with Holiday Airboat Tours, you’ll be treated to a live demonstration by Animal Planet’s own Gator Boys, for an unforgettable family experience.
For a fantastic home base in the entertainment and relaxation hub of southeast Florida, you can’t go wrong with a stay in any of our Fort Lauderdale vacation rentals!