In the cozy, 1/2 square mile seaside village of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, you'll find a popular fishing pier where pelicans fly overhead. Dive and snorkel from shore where one of the town's reefs is the final resting place for the underwater remains of the SS Copenhagen, an 18th-century cargo steamer that sank in 1900.
Known for its inland waterways and canals, Fort Lauderdale is often referred to as the "Venice of America." From taxis that glide on water to authentic gondola rides, to chic Las Olas Boulevard, it's more than just a famous beach. In the nearby neighborhood of Wilton Manors, you will find many gay-friendly bars and restaurants.