Fun Facts about Greater Fort Lauderdale

  • Greater Fort Lauderdale (Broward County) encompasses 1,197 square miles (766,016 acres). It has a resident population of almost 1.9 million living in 31 municipalities. Over 180,000 reside in the city of Fort Lauderdale, the largest city and the seat of county government. Visit Lauderdale is the regional tourism organization representing all of Greater Fort Lauderdale. Find information on places to stay, things to do, dining and more at visitlauderdale.com.
  • 24 miles of Atlantic coastline beach line the shores of Greater Fort Lauderdale in 8 beachside cities. From north to south the beach communities are: Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Pompano Beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Fort Lauderdale, Dania Beach, Hollywood and Hallandale Beach.
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale is experiencing a hotel boom. There is great investor interest in the area, as evidenced by six new hotels that opened in 2020; 13 new hotel openings by the close of 2021; and another five properties under construction with anticipated openings in 2022, including the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences on Fort Lauderdale beach.
  • The area is known as one of the top scuba diving and snorkeling destinations in Florida. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is famous as the Shore Diving Capital of South Florida with colorful near-shore reefs and shipwrecks. Shipwreck Park in the waters off Pompano Beach is an artificial reef system including several shipwrecks and other reef structures. The Lady Luck shipwreck is a popular wreck dive adorned with artwork and has been made into an underwater casino.
  • “Venice of America” is more than a humble brag for the area. It is the destination’s world-famous nickname based on the 300 miles of navigable inland waterways that run through Greater Fort Lauderdale, with about 165 of those miles in the city of Fort Lauderdale itself.
  • Fort Lauderdale is also recognized as the Yachting Capital of the World. It’s convenient to find every yachting service you might need including crew training and management, yacht management services, yacht provisioning, yacht and boat repairs and maintenance, yacht brokerage, financial services, dry docking, and an increasing number of slips for larger boats and superyachts. And you can’t beat the great weather year-round.
  • Locals and visitors alike love the boating lifestyle. It pays to have a friend with a yacht, but if you don’t, visitors who aren’t comfortable navigating a rental boat can find transportation on the Water Taxi or an independent boat charter for a sightseeing cruise or dock-and-dine evening at the many waterfront restaurants and bars. Private waterway tours are available on a variety of small boats and there are even authentic Venetian gondola tour boats.
  • Fort Lauderdale transformed from a quiet beach community to Spring Break central with the December 1960 premiere of the film “Where the Boys Are,” shot on location along Fort Lauderdale beach, in Hollywood and several other Greater Fort Lauderdale locations. The area made the decision to move away from promoting the area as a Spring Break destination in the 1980s. Today, Greater Fort Lauderdale is known worldwide as a year-round cosmopolitan and diverse destination with something for everyone under the sun.
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale is recognized as Florida’s LGBT+ Capital and as one of the most progressive destinations in the U.S. and is recognized for its authentic, welcoming vibe. Here you’ll find a thriving local LGBT+ community with the highest concentration of same-sex couple households in the country as well as hundreds of gay-owned businesses, many of which are centered around the Wilton Manors neighborhood. Sebastian Beach, a top-rated gay beach in the U.S., is nestled in Fort Lauderdale beach.
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale’s climate is tropical with an average year-round temperature of 76°F / 25°C and 3,000 hours of sunshine. Winter temperatures average a mean of 66° F / 19° C; summer, a mean of 84° F / 29° C. January is the coolest month of the year and August is the warmest. The heaviest rainfalls occur during August and September.
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale dining is often seafood-centric with numerous waterfront restaurants with views of the ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway or the many inland rivers and waterways. Popular fresh Florida seafood that can be found includes fish like grouper, snapper and swordfish and shellfish like Gulf shrimp, blue crab and stone crab claws (served in season from October 15th to May 15th each year). Stone crab claws are known as Florida’s renewable seafood resource. Fisherman remove a claw from the crab and then return it to the water alive, where it regenerates a new claw.
  • Go beyond the beaches on the eastern coastline to the “wild west” region that includes the rural horse-loving communities of Davie and Southwest Ranches. Take a guided horseback ride along tree-lined trails, invest in riding lessons, or shop for boots and western wear. Just to the west of this area you’re in the Florida Everglades. Enjoy airboat rides or fishing for bass and other freshwater fish.

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Ivonne MacMillan
Visit Lauderdale
Tel: 954-767-2408
Email: imacmillan@broward.org