Fort Lauderdale is famous for its beaches, arts, culture and events. From shopping on Las Olas Boulevard, to gondola rides on the canals, to a historic riverfront, Fort Lauderdale makes for an exciting Florida vacation. The city has transformed into a stylish, sophisticated area with café-lined riverside walkways. Its very popular among the yacht crowd for its lovely, Venice-style waterways that many people don’t even realize exist.
Greater Fort Lauderdale's 300-plus miles of navigable inland canals - part of the Intracoastal Waterway - stretch from the Atlantic Ocean to the Everglades. A destination within a destination, the waterways offer everything from centuries-old mangroves to opulent multi-million-dollar mansions. They also connect the area's top activities, attractions, hotels, shopping areas and restaurants. It is easy to experience the water culture of Ft. Lauderdale by staying in our Waterside Villa!
Be sure to check out our favorite restaurants and spots in town:
Ocean2000 and Lounge at Pelican Grand Beach Resort
American dining with beautiful ocean views. $47 all you can drink brunch on the weekends, including fresh seafood.
Upscale Italian chophouse with live entertainment in their Starlight Lounge similar to the timeless Chicago supper clubs.
The Foxy Brown
Laid back and dog-friendly. Reasonably priced and with extended hours for their weekend brunch.
American piano bar voted as Ft. Lauderdale’s most romantic restaurant. Perfect for evening cocktails or a cozy dinner for two (or more!).
The Grateful Palate
Elegant wine bar with seasonal and internationally-inspired dishes. Open-style kitchen with a view of the chef’s counter for entertainment. Sommeliers on staff to boot!
The Emporium at Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Old school ice cream parlor and soda fountain complete with rocking chairs on the porch.
15th Street Fisheries
Enjoy some of the freshest seafood Ft. Lauderdale has to offer while on the Intracoastal Waterway. Located it the famous Lauderdale Marina. Arrive by boat, walk or car!
Pelican Landing at the Hyatt Pier 66
Regarded as Ft. Lauderdale’s best kept secret. Also located on the Intracoastal Waterway, it’s the perfect place to start or end your day.
Blue Moon Fish Company
Another gem on the Intracoastal Waterway with art deco-inspired exterior and serving creative, fresh Florida dishes. Blue Moon doesn’t disappoint.
Come for the food, stay for the music. Indoor and outdoor dining featuring live music with top local musicians on Las Olas Boulevard.
Jungle Queen Riverboat
One of the top-rated favorite activities in Ft. Lauderdale. Enjoy an all you can eat southern buffet while cruising and sightseeing on the New River.
Enjoy the ability to hop on, enjoy a few shops or restaurants, and hop back on. Or sit back and enjoy the entire ride. Pick from multiple routes. One ticket gets you unlimited rides all day.
The Galleria at Ft. Lauderdale
Fantastic restaurants, a plethora of shops and luxury department stores.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Four Diamond-rated resort featuring 80+ tables of black jack, baccarat and poker. This resort will please everyone, including the non-gamblers with music memorabilia, nearly 20 dining establishments, high-energy lounges and laid back bars.