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Sprawling across the southern rim of the sunshine state, Fort Lauderdale was once synonymous with Spring Break fun and frolics. Since then, however, it’s become known as a sophisticated holiday destination for families and couples, as well as those eager to spend heated nights sipping flamboyant Tiki cocktails by the lapping waves. The intricate network of coastal canals have earnt it the nickname the Venice of America, and the waters are certainly the biggest draw around these parts. And yet, there are also cultural attractions near Fort Lauderdale holiday rentals, so you can be blissfully lazy one moment, and then seek out inspiring art the next.
This is a seriously scenic part of Florida, so it’s fitting that many Fort Lauderdale holiday rentals have plum positions in the city. If you fancy a private pad by the beach, or a holiday apartment in Fort Lauderdale which is a stone’s throw from one of the sparkling canals, then you can find exactly what you’re looking for using ebookers. Instead of limiting yourself to a standard hotel guestroom, by choosing one of the Fort Lauderdale holiday rentals you can enjoy more space and more perks, including a proper kitchen where you can cut holiday costs by cooking your own meals. And, of course, you’ll feel like one of the locals rather than just another fleeting visitor.
There’s no denying that exploring the beach comes top of most people’s list of things to do in Fort Lauderdale. There are miles of palm-studded sands to tempt you, and when you’re not reclining under the Florida rays, you can venture into the lively beach bars and restaurants, to mingle and laugh into the early hours. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also go diving and snorkeling among the many eerie shipwrecks that have become almost a part of the reef system. One of the best ways to enjoy the famous canals is by going on a tranquil Jungle Queen riverboat cruise – it’s been a popular pastime here since the 1930s. Hankering for a cultural counterpoint to the coast? Head to the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, where – set within a blazingly white Modernist structure – a host of artworks by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera and Tracey Emin can be seen. And, if you’re in the mood for a big night out, you can check out the musicals, plays and concerts on the agenda at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
Seeing the best of Fort Lauderdale is a doddle, thanks to the local transport options. Buses are plentiful, while a quintessential way to see the sights – including the lavish mansions of local millionaires – is by hopping on and off the local water taxis that work the canal network. Keen to get out and see more of southern Florida while you’re here? Hiring a car is the best option, and will let you break up your holiday with a spontaneous road trip whenever you like.