Sea breezes riffle through the palm trees and hip-hop music pumps in the background. Along the red-brick promenade, retirees on Segways zip past tanned joggers and skateboarding teenagers. Look to your left and see a ribbon of champagne sand bathed by a tropical ocean. Fort Lauderdale is an immediately relaxing place.
Fort Lauderdale is nicknamed ‘The Venice of America’ because of its 185 miles of canals.
Take a boat tour around the city’s 185 miles of canals and stop off at the compact Las Olas Boulevard. Here, you can shop in candy-coloured boutiques and enjoy a blow-out meal of seared steak at a riverfront restaurant. To work off the excess calories, grab a surfboard and ride some waves, or hit the volleyball court. Alternatively, you could play explorer and go in search of alligators in the swamps of the lush Everglades National Park. Fort Lauderdale is a city that invites you to just kick back and soak up the sun.