From the days when members of the ancient Tequesta civilization poled and paddled down the New River to today’s thriving multibillion-dollar marine industry, Greater Fort Lauderdale’s more than 300 miles of waterways have always been central to the region’s rich nautical traditions and lifestyle.
Known as the “Yachting Capital of the World” and the “Venice of America,” it’s a place where boating is a way of life, even if you don’t own one. Hop on the Water Taxi and take your pick of dockside restaurants and bars to surprise and delight the whole crew – and keep the party going.
So, it’s no surprise that the biggest party of the year happens every fall at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the largest in-water boat show in the world. This year’s show runs October 27-31, 2021, and everyone under the sun is welcome to enjoy the festivities. From perusing spectacular vessels in SuperYacht Village, and wining and dining in the Windward VIP Club to searching for the perfect center console craft or shopping for marine-inspired clothing and jewelry, this is a can’t-miss event for boating and yachting enthusiasts.
Greater Fort Lauderdale has evolved into a cosmopolitan destination with world-renowned luxury hotel brands, where guests are pampered with exclusive and bespoke amenities. Savor cuisine from award-winning chefs and relax in luxurious spas and private poolside cabanas.
Beyond the luxurious accommodations, a diverse mix of fascinating discoveries await in 31 different communities. Culinary explorers and thrill-seekers can indulge in sensations beachside, dockside or downtown, from rooftop bars, to hidden speakeasies, to the lively sidewalks of downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas shopping and dining district.
The well-traveled will find the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that they seek in Greater Fort Lauderdale, from tasting the rarest caviar in the world at Marky’s (located inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, a top entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination that unveiled a $1.5 billion expansion two years ago) to exploring the Everglades, the nation’s largest subtropical wilderness and an amazing place to see nature and wildlife. Visitors can also find new inspiration from immersive arts and culture, whether walking downtown Hollywood’s mural-filled streets or seeing a world-class show at the Hard Rock Live. (The 2021 summer and fall lineup includes Dave Chappelle, Guns N’ Roses and Alicia Keys – to name just a few)
Of course, with 24 miles of Atlantic coastline beaches, the area also offers the opportunity to do nothing at all but simply soak up the sunshine. Learn more at VisitLauderdale.com/Welcome.
Photography by: Visit Lauderdale