This city is a privileged vacation destination, since it enjoys over 3000 hours of sun per year. Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas host over 3 million visitors per year.
The region has 561 hotels and motels with 35,000 rooms.
There are over 4000 restaurants, 63 golf courses, 12 malls, 16 museums, 132 night clubs and 100 marinas which can hold 45,000 boats.
Around 50 cruise ships leave Fort Lauderdale each year to various destinations.
This city has a yearlong tropical climate with only slight variations in temperatures and no dry season.
Fort Lauderdale thrives primarily from tourism and seminars. There is a 50,000 sq. meter Convention Center, featuring 20,000 sq. meters of exposition halls. It greets 10,000 visitors per year.
The main artery and most animated area is Las Olas Boulevard, comprising 110 residential and office towers, banks and a large number of restaurants.
Fort Lauderdale also has many universities and colleges. Health care is served by several hospitals, including the Broward General Medical Center which is the third largest in the United States.
Throughout the year this city sees a wide variation in its population. In the winter it’s teeming with affluent visitors who flee the northeastern US and Canada’s harsh winters. It’s also a preferred destination of students coming down to party on beaches, in bars and discos during Spring Break.
It’s known for its huge Flea Market, a 13 screen Drive-in Movie Theater (the largest of its kind worldwide), the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s vast aquatic complex, a museum, theater and library.
A historical tidbit: Hugh Taylor Birch arrived in Fort Lauderdale in 1893 and bought 6 kilometers of ocean front property for $2.50 per hectare.
One can visit Bonnet House which Hugh Birch offered as a wedding present to his daughter and son in law.