Whether you are taking a Caribbean cruise out of Port Everglades, vacationing along the beach or exploring the cultural side of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., you may be looking for things to do and places to eat during your stay.
The Sentinel has compiled 10 quintessential Fort Lauderdale activities to fill your trip itinerary.
Sunbathe on the beach
On a sunny day, a visit to the Fort Lauderdale beach could include walking along the palm-tree lined boardwalk, grabbing an ice cold drink at one of the kitschy beachfront bars, people watching and soaking in the South Florida sunshine.
Share sangria and guacamole at a local favorite
At Rocco’s Tacos, a trendy casual Mexican restaurant located along Las Olas Boulevard, order tacos a la carte to try different varieties — slow roasted pork, mushrooms, chorizo or shrimp. Fresh guacamole is prepared tableside, and fruity sangria is served by the pitcher. Afterwards take a stroll down Las Olas to check out the trendy shops and hip art galleries.
Cruise the Intracoastal Waterway
Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America, and there are plenty of ways to explore the Intracoastal Waterway. Aboard the Jungle Queen Riverboat, a Duck Tour or the Carrie B see the homes of the rich and famous, the “Miami Vice” house, mega yachts and towering cruise ships.
Dine along the waterfront
At Shooters Waterfront, diners enjoy alfresco dining with waterfront views, the patio outfitted with a fire pit, and fresh seafood such as the key lime coconut shrimp and Point Judith calamari appetizers. Arrive by Water Taxi to spend extra time cruising the canals.
At the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort and the neighboring W Fort Lauderdale, guests can unwind at rooftop pools overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Eat Florida stone crab
In the Fort Lauderdale area, it isn’t difficult to find fresh seafood, and one of the local delicacies is stone crab. The claws are harvested only from Oct. 15 to May 15, so you’ll want to eat them when they are in season.
Explore the Everglades
Just outside Fort Lauderdale, you can visit Everglades National Park, where you might see alligators and other wildlife. Take a thrilling airboat ride through the Everglades at Everglades Holiday Park.
Sip a mojito
The Cuban influence from Miami has reached the drink menus in Fort Lauderdale, so indulge in a mojito. That mix of lime, mint and rum can be incredibly refreshing on a warm South Florida night.
People-watch at the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk
In nearby Hollywood, Fla., bike, jog or skate along the beachfront boardwalk. Then cool down with a frozen cocktail and enjoy the entertaining people watching and ocean views at one of the bars along the beach.
Grab a burger at Le Tub
GQ has named the 13-ounce sirloin burger at Le Tub the best burger in America, and Oprah’s best friend Gayle King called the burger “very, very, very good.” Located in a reconverted service station, the quirky waterfront bar is covered with overgrown plants and colorfully painted toilets, toilet seats and tubs. It oozes character, and after eating the burger, you’ll see why this Hollywood burger joint is a local favorite.