Around one hour north of Miami sits the busy port city of Fort Lauderdale, known for its sun-kissed beaches and pretty waterway system, which many claim is akin to the canals of Venice. The city’s cruise port – Port Everglades – is a common starting point for many Caribbean cruises, and so it has become a popular location to add a few days on to the beginning or end of a cruise and stay holiday. Find out more about what adventures you could have in this attractive destination.
Shopping and Eating
The town itself has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, and offers some fantastic shopping and dining opportunities. From small privately-owned boutiques, to big department stores and malls, shopaholics will find all they could wish for in this Florida city. After spoiling yourself with all the latest trends, there is a brilliant array of choice when it comes to where to dine. Delicious seafood restaurants, pancake houses, all-American steak houses, and the classic all-you-can-eat restaurants are just a handful of your options. Caribbean influence here has led to the creation of a fantastic fusion cuisine known as Floribbean - indulge in some truly unique and special dishes which combine American favourites and Caribbean flavour!
Touring the City
The extensive canal network makes water taxis one of the most convenient ways to travel, and also offers you the opportunity to see the stunning mansions in the area. Owned by various celebrities and millionaires, the properties are truly beautiful, boasting some gorgeous views as well as all the finest fixtures and fittings. Expect pools, wraparound balconies, and private yachts to boot.
Explore the Everglades
If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous to do in Fort Lauderdale, the Everglades National Park is easy to get to, with a transfer time of just under an hour. Here you can see all kinds of incredible flora and fauna - including the well-known Floridian ‘gators - on an exhilarating fan boat ride. As well as this, it’s possible to taste some alligator meat at one of the nearby cafes or restaurants if you fancy trying something a bit different! There is also a sanctuary nearby where you can meet baby alligators.
Dinner and a Show
Alternatively, if you would prefer a little less activity and would rather be wined, dined, and entertained, consider spending the evening onboard the Jungle Queen Riverboat for their dinner cruise and show. You will have ample choice of all-you-can-eat barbecue food, whilst enjoying a variety of acts on stage such as a Blues Brothers tribute act, magicians, and comedians.
For something a little more interactive, but not quite as demanding as a fan boat ride and encounters with alligators, Segwaying is a great way to spend an afternoon. It’s easy to travel to Hollywood beach, where you can have a short introduction to operating the machine, before taking part in a 4-mile tour. This is a superb way to fully take in the views of the Atlantic Ocean and appreciate all the beautiful surroundings.
Whether you have a few hours or a few days in Fort Lauderdale, cruisers can rest-assured that there is plenty of choice when it comes to things to do and see. It’s easy to have an action-packed visit, or take your time with a bit of shopping, relaxing on the beach, and a cocktail or two if that’s more your cup of tea. Discover this pretty Floridian city on a Caribbean cruise in 2018.