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Enjoy the ocean views at Fort Lauderdale vacation rentals

The tropical climate makes for great strolls under the sun as you explore all that Fort Lauderdale has to offer, such as the renowned Las Olas Boulevard shops and the charming gondola rides through the canals. Vacation rentals range from spacious houses that can fit the whole family to high-rise condos with stunning ocean views. You'll find them close to the brick-paved path of the beachfront promenade, where activities such as boating, snorkelling, and windsurfing are available. In addition to providing a resort lifestyle, the city is known for events hosted throughout its many arts centres and concert venues.


Fort Lauderdale was a major US base during World War II, with a Coast Guard base established in Port Everglades. In contrast, these days it's a yachting capital and one of the most visited destinations of the USA. The city has several historical houses that add depth and character to the area, providing a glimpses into the lifestyles of previous generations. The Bonnet House, for example, is the oldest standing structure in Broward County, open for tours that showcase the preserved wealthy estate. The oldest neighbourhood lies within the Sailboat Bend Historic District close to Downtown, where you'll find smaller, Mediterranean Revival style houses.


Activities and attractions in Fort Lauderdale

Are you looking for top things to see and do in the area? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and check out everything that Fort Lauderdale has to offer. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Deerfield Beach Pier (13.6 mi / 21.9 km)
  • Funderdome (2 mi / 3.2 km)
  • Water Taxi (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
  • Ride Rocketman South Florida (4.2 mi / 6.8 km)
  • Boomers (5.7 mi / 9.2 km)
  • K1 Speed (6.4 mi / 10.3 km)

Seasonal weather in Fort Lauderdale

Travelers speak highly of Fort Lauderdale for its boating. If you're planning a vacation around the weather, August, July, September and June are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 90°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is famous for its beautiful ocean views and breathtaking sunrises. Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Fort Lauderdale is a great place to get out in nature. These are a few of the area's most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Hugh Taylor Birch State Park (1.2 mi / 2 km)
  • Gumbo Limbo Nature Center (17.1 mi / 27.5 km)
  • Las Olas Beach (0.1 mi / 0.2 km)
  • Sebastian Street Beach (0.2 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach Park (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach (1 mi / 1.6 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Fort Lauderdale

Fly into Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL-Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood Intl.), the closest airport, located 4.2 mi (6.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Fort Lauderdale, FL (FXE-Fort Lauderdale Executive), which is 6.5 mi (10.5 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Fort Lauderdale Station, Fort Lauderdale Station and Fort Lauderdale Cypress Creek Station are the main stations in the area.

How to get around

Public transport near Fort Lauderdale vacation rentals

Getting around Fort Lauderdale without your own set of wheels isn't a problem because the Sun Trolly buses use a wave and ride system, allowing you to flag them down anywhere along their route and catch an inexpensive ride. The bus routes cover the beaches, Downtown, and several neighbourhoods. The water taxi isn't the cheapest mode of transit, but it is the most stylish. It goes from 32nd Street to Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach, with stops around Downtown areas in between. If you're looking for a more direct approach, you can hire ride-sharing services or make use of the local taxis.

Food & drink 

Sample fresh seafood delicacies at Fort Lauderdalex

Trendy steakhouses, elegant wine bars, and romantic waterfront restaurants are some of the highlights in Fort Lauderdale's culinary scene. Being right next to the Atlantic Ocean brings in exquisite local catch, allowing restaurants to cook fresh, melt-in-your-mouth seafood. Comfort food such as BBQ ribs and open-faced breakfast sandwiches are also popular in the area, providing classic Southern flavours. There's a multitude of dessert bars with countless ice cream flavours, as well as bakeries where decadent cakes can be bought by the slice or as a whole, if you feel like taking some back with you to your vacation rental.

Essential info

Helpful facts for your Fort Lauderdale vacation rental stay

Fort Lauderdale has an estimated population of 179,000 residents over its 90 sq km landmass. It sits 46 km north of Miami on the eastern coastline. English is the spoken language but Spanish is also widely used because of the large Hispanic and Latino communities. A 20% tip is expected when being served in restaurants, or a dollar per drink in bars if you're over 21. You can bring a personal water bottle as water from the tap is free and safe to drink. Due to its location, Fort Lauderdale's hazards mainly involve natural disasters. You can call 911 should you need any emergency assistance.

How many vacation rentals are available around Fort Lauderdale?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 5,773 house rentals around Fort Lauderdale. From 1,753 Houses to 3,049 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Fort Lauderdale is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Fort Lauderdale?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Fort Lauderdale:

  • Central Beach: 250 vacation rentals
  • Galt Mile: 204 vacation rentals
  • Central Fort Lauderdale: 496 vacation rentals
  • South Fort Lauderdale: 264 vacation rentals
  • Lauderdale Beach: 986 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Fort Lauderdale?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Fort Lauderdale. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Fort Lauderdale Beach Park: 3,798 home rentals
  • Port Everglades: 6,637 home rentals
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center: 4,156 home rentals
  • Bay View Drive Park: 5,873 home rentals
  • Broward Center for the Performing Arts: 6,203 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Fort Lauderdale listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Fort Lauderdale?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,753 Houses in Fort Lauderdale. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Fort Lauderdale include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 3,049 lodging choices
  • Villas: 157 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 84 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Fort Lauderdale?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 4,062 vacation homes with pool available in Fort Lauderdale.

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