Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is synonymous with sun and fun. Luxury shopping on Los Olas Boulevard, fine international dining, plentiful hotel choices, cruises and water sports of all kinds attract millions of visitors each year. Fort Lauderdale is part of the South Florida metropolitan demographic area in the United States. Rental businesses offer scooters, skates, road-outfitted golf carts and electric bikes. Visitors book short Caribbean cruises to Grand Bahama Island, which depart from the 17th Street Causeway.
Fort Lauderdale's five major neighborhoods include The Isles, Sailboat Bend, Colee Hammock, Victoria Park, and Rio Vista. The Isles is sometimes called the "Venice of America." Some of the world's most magnificent yachts dock here. Sailboat Bend is known for its brightly painted buildings and homes. Ocean-loving Colee Hammock was one of the city's first neighborhoods. In contrast, Victoria Park is a neighborhood developed in the 1990s. Rio Vista, on the New River and Intracoastal Waterway, is a family neighborhood.
The Sun Trolley's seven lines, local buses, and tri-rail system offer convenient public transportation options throughout the city and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
Fort Lauderdale is nicknamed "Sunny" for a reason. The weather is hot and sunny most of the year. Summer days often include brief afternoon rains. Travelers to Fort Lauderdale should pack light!