After picking up your rental car at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL), you'll find that it's a short drive to many of the popular beaches in the area. Visitors will find the city itself is relatively small. However, the encompassing metropolitan area is home to more than five million residents, and is a temporary home away from home for thousands of annual visitors. If you're planning a cruise, Port Everglades, just two miles away, is easily accessible from the airport.
Fort Lauderdale operates on a grid system that's fairly easy to navigate. The area between Las Olas Boulevard and Sunrise Boulevard, just a few hours from downtown, is where you'll find the most popular section of beaches, check out the popular Fort Lauderdale Beach.
The Strip, as it's called, offers a diverse mix of casual dining locations and more upscale spots like The Hibiscus, along with a choice selection of bars and nightclubs. Notable attractions include the Museum of Discovery and Science, Boomers! and Florida Everglades Holiday Park, where you might spot some alligators.
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The flight from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport averages about two and a half hours. I-95 will get you to the central parts of Miami, West Palm Beach and Jacksonville if you're interested in some day trips before leaving.