With an average annual temperature of 25 degrees and a subtropical climate, Fort Lauderdale is a wonderful holiday paradise right on the Atlantic coast. The city in Florida is nicknamed the “Venice of America” – it is often compared to the Italian lagoon city because of its abundance of canals and arms of rivers. The branched, approximately 480-kilometre water network is best explored by water taxi.
As the USA’s most south-eastern state, Florida borders the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west, which means endless beaches mixed with Caribbean flair, fascinating big cities and wilderness. The greater Fort Lauderdale area is an urban oasis in the heart of wild and unspoiled nature. The Everglades National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its unique marshlands, is located close by. Crocodiles, turtles and flamingos can be observed on an airboat tour.
A road trip by car rental is the ideal way to explore Florida. One possible route leads south from Fort Lauderdale to the bustling city of Miami. The 205-kilometre Overseas Highway takes you to the Florida Keys string of islands, where Key West is the southernmost point in the USA. It’s worth stopping on Florida’s west coast – Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Clearwater in Tampa Bay. St. Augustine, the oldest city in the USA with pretty old buildings from the Spanish colonial period is an attraction on the northeast coast. Those who enjoy theme and amusement parks should stop off in Orlando at the famous Walt Disney World on the way back.
1. Discover the wide canal network and chic villas by water taxi
2. Stroll along the curved beach promenade
3. Shopping & dining on Las Olas Boulevard
4. Watch the snakes and turtles at Hugh Taylor Birch Park
5. Take a trip to Everglades National Park on an airboat
1. The bustling Las Olas Boulevard is a must!
2. For those who want something quieter, the small but excellent Galleria Mall is just the place
3. Flea market with drive-in cinema – you can buy almost anything at the huge Swap Shop
4. Luxury fashion for less – at Sawgrass Mills or Colonnade Outlets
5. Browse the Festival Flea Market’s halls
1. Swim in the clear sea water and look for shells
2. Visit the water and theme parks in Orlando
3. Go to the Kennedy Space Center for an out-of-this world experience
4. Discover crocodiles in the Everglades swamps
5. Join a pirate cruise off the coast of Fort Lauderdale
1. Discover the living reefs on a snorkelling course
2. Glide over the Atlantic coast while parasailing
3. Jet ski along the waterways
4. Advance to deeper waters aboard a fishing boat
5. Book a kayak or canoe tour through the Everglades
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