A Beginner’s Guide to Fort Lauderdale

By: Kristin Clark

January 24, 2014

Most people think of Fort Lauderdale (and the South Florida area in general) as a poster child for “˜fun in the sun’ holidays. The type of getaway where you plant yourself under an umbrella, drink in hand, and sunbathe from sunrise to sundown, with the occasional refill of course. But while the city certainly has plenty of leisure activities to enjoy, it also boasts one of America’s most highly trafficked tourist markets, leading to an array of dining, shopping, and specialty interest options for visitors to experience.

Beach goers will enjoy miles of white sand beachfront; something the city of Fort Lauderdale prides itself on maintaining through various ongoing redevelopment projects aimed at keeping the destination at the top of the vacation charts. There are no hotels or residences allowed directly on the sand in the area, but just step across the street and you’ll find plenty of ocean view accommodations to choose from, including everything from private bungalows and bed and breakfasts to five star resorts.

For history buffs looking to further their learning potential, or simply take a break from the beaming sunshine, Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, along with Stranahan House Museum are two great choices that shed light on Fort Lauderdale’s historical significance throughout World War II.


A Beginner's Guide to Fort Lauderdale | Bonnet House Museum

Bonnet House Museum and Gardens © Landon


One of the most intriguing slices of history in the area can be found the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum; established as a non-profit foundation dedicated to the preservation of Packard Motor Co. The 18,000 square foot building houses one of the largest collections of Packard Motor cars (22 in total) still in full working condition, dating from the 1900’s – 1940’s.


From a dining perspective, the city offers a plethora of mainstream dining options that are easily seen from the main roads with accessible parking. However if you take the time to travel a bit further in-land you’ll discover a smaller selection of incredible foodie finds paired with stylish décor and innovative design. Wild Sea Oyster Bar and Grille and YOLO are two such options, serving up an array of top quality dishes in a chic, low-key environment.


Wild Sea Restaurant | A Beginner's Guide to Fort Lauderdale

Wild Sea Oyster Bar and Grille © Riverside Hotel


Outings for the ladies and gents are always a must, and Fort Lauderdale offers activities for both parties to partake in. For the ladies, indulge at the luxurious Ritz Carlton Spa, with treatments available for both hotels guests and by appointment.


Ritz Carlton Spa | A Beginner's Guide to Fort Lauderdale

Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale © The Ritz-Carlton


Take the afternoon and explore the boutique-lined streets of Las Olas, or take a short drive to Etiquette Boutique for a touch of “˜southern charm’. For the men, spend the day on the green at The Diplomat Resort, located just south of central Fort Lauderdale. The manicured grounds and close proximity to the ocean make it a breathtaking spot for teeing off.


Diplomat Resort Golf | A Beginner's Guide to Fort Lauderdale

Golf Course at The Diplomat Resort © The Diplomat


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Written by Kristin Clark


Kristin Clark

Kristin is an established lifestyle blogger [] who has collaborated with numerous brands including Chandon, Levis, Express, H&M, and more. Raised in Colorado, she now resides in South Florida soaking up the sun 365 days a year. A wine lover and foodie at heart, she finds thrill in discovering the best hidden cuisine throughout her travels. Follow Kristin: @KristinClarkFSU