If you go on vacation in Orlando or Miami, you should not miss Fort Lauderdale, a natural paradise located on the Southeast coast of Florida, between Miami and Palm Beach. This city, known for its 137 waterway canals, like an “American Venice,” is a chosen destination for about 14 million visitors per year; travelers who are in search of good weather, beaches, and natural wonders.
Renting a car is the best way to take advantage of everything the city has to offer. And to tour Fort Lauderdale from end to end, it's best to rent a car that has no daily mile limit, which will prevent you from having to worry about any extra expenses.
Without a doubt, starting the tour of Fort Lauderdale will inevitably take you to its beaches, with an appeal that lies, not only in the beauty of the landscape, but also in that they are clean, free of pollution, and safe for swimming, guaranteed by the Blue Wave certification. Among the main beaches of the city we can find Fort Lauderdale Beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Hollywood Beach, Hallandale Beach, Deerfield Beach and Pompano Beach, among others. The geography of the city makes it ideal for taking an excursion by motorboat, sailing or in a góndola; to explore the canals and enjoy activities such as snorkeling, diving or fishing, or simply just to admire the spectacular scenery.
And if you are wanting to be in nature, Fort Lauderdale offers landscapes, flora and fauna that can only be found in that particular, unique corner of the United States. Visitors can take a tour of the Everglades swamps, or go bird-watching and see exotic plants in the Flamingo Gardensy Wray Botanical collection; or take a kayak ride through the mangroves and go on the unique nature trails of Ann Kolb Nature Center. Another option is to go to Buttefly World and enjoy a rainforest with waterfalls, hummingbirds and different species of butterflies.
Another frequented route of Fort Lauderdale is the Riverwalk, known as the most beautiful mile of Florida, which strings together a lot of restaurants, attractions, and shops. It also has a vast cultural concentration of historic and artistic heritage, in places such as the Old Fort Lauderdale Village and Museum, the Museum of Discovery and Science and the Art Museum.
And for those who are passing through town and looking to fill their rental car with bags, Fort Lauderdale offers malls, outlets, markets and shops for all tastes and budgets. These include Sawgrass Mills Mall,one of the world's largest shopping centers; Las Olas Boulevard, an avenue with 15 blocks of shops and art galleries; Greater Fort Lauderdale, outdoor market featuring local small and department stores; or the Swap Shop, the largest flea market in the South.
Those who are planning to take one or two days to go shopping in Fort Lauderdale, should know that most malls have large parking areas; making it very convenient to go in a rental car. Furthermore, it is advisable to ensure that the vehicle comes with a GPS in your own language when booking the rental car. This will make the roads between stores much easier to maneuver, and can make for a better day of shopping.
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