Fort Lauderdale, Florida is located on the south coast of the state and is most commonly known for its beaches and boating canals. A 3-hour drive north to Orlando and an even quicker 45-minute drive south to Miami, this city is the perfect central location for a weekend vacation.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport (FLL) has flights to/from multiple major cities and airports throughout the US and Canada. Round-trip flights from Cleveland-Hopkins Airport (CLE) to FLL may include transfers and layovers however on average costs approximately $200-$400. Taxis and hotel shuttles are available at pickup.
If you plan on staying anywhere other then downtown or the strip, consider picking up a car rental. Several companies are located at the airport and will be happy to assist. Beware that in order to avoid the unpleasant young driver surcharge the primary driver must be 25+ years of age.
As a traveler with both good and bad experiences, I highly recommend staying with an Airbnb host during this trip. Although hotels are an option most are overtaken by party-goers. I might sound like a granny but be prepared for loud drunken crowds and raves throughout both the day and night. Most hotels in the area cater to the college kid looking for summer fun. At some point in my life that once sounded like a great time but from the otherside of 25 it’s all a headache. There are lots of reputable airbnb hosts that are within walking/driving distance to the best areas throughout the city.
There are countless restaurants, cafes, food-trucks, etc… that you’ll never go hungry but here are some of my favorite spots throughout the city.
Breakfast: Myapapaya Juicery + Kitchen
The best spot for cold pressed food, serving delicious smoothie bowls, sandwiches, soups and organic salads. If you’re looking for healthy alternatives to the classic breakfast food, Myapapaya is a must-go.
Lunch: New York Grilled Cheese Co.
Taking the love of grilled cheese to a whole new level this restaurant is far from healthy but worth every carb and calorie. The menu includes both vegetarian and vegan options along with a wide range of other sandwiches to choose from. One of my favorite places to eat so far and highly recommended.
Dinner: Billy’s Stone Crab Hollywood
You can’t visit an oceanside city without eating seafood! This restaurant is located waterfront and includes an extensive list of Florida Fresh seafood. One of the best restaurants that Fort Lauderdale has to offer.
Like most waterfront cities, the ocean is the main attraction. You’ll want to spend as much time as possible soaking up the sun and enjoying the open water. The day activities, nightlife and overall energy of the city is one of the best in Florida.
Like muah, if you travel on a budget dont forget to check out Groupon! There are discounts available for everything from a Swamp safari, Riverboat dinner cruises, and water sports. Groupon is a fantastic option for people who are interested in exploring but aren’t quite familiar with the area.
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