Fort Lauderdale Beach
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Snowy Egret in Everglades National Park
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Fort Lauderdale at Night
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Las Olas Boulevard
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Key Lime Pie
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Everglades National Park
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Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
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Because Port Everglades is located just 3 miles from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, you can make a seamless transfer from your plane to one of the dozens of cruise ships that dock there. You may want to stay a day or two, however, to explore Fort Lauderdale. The city once known as a party haven for spring breakers has definitely grown up: It now caters to a more sophisticated crowd that still loves to have fun.

What We Love

Las Olas Boulevard: Spend an afternoon strolling along the 17 blocks of this palm tree-flanked thoroughfare, where you can eat at alfresco cafes, pop into galleries, and pick up a few accessories for your sail.

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens: See Fort Lauderdale the way it was a century ago, long before high-rises and highways, at this historic home with 35 acres of gardens.

Best Known For

Beaches: While sand and sun are undoubtedly part of your cruising itinerary, there are 23 miles of beachfront in the Fort Lauderdale area for exploring — and relaxing.

The Everglades: There's no U.S. national park quite like the Everglades, whose 1.5 million acres of subtropical jungles, swamps, and saw-grass prairies are home to rare and endangered species.

Who It's Best For

Night Owls: Whether you're into artisanal cocktails, wine bars, or salsa spots, there's plenty of fun to be had after dark — and into the early morning.

Families: Entertain kids of all ages at the Young at Art children's museum, Butterfly World, Flamingo Gardens, or on a BlueFoot Pirate Adventure.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Don’t Cut It Too Close: Yes, the airport is within easy reach of your ship, but Port Everglades is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. Give yourself plenty of time to make the transfer.

Rent a Car: Although Fort Lauderdale does have some public transportation, you’ll want your own set of wheels if you’re staying more than a day or two.