This is a city that can never be entirely separated from its fun-and-sun mythology and the raucous spring-break hijinks immortalized in such 1960’s movies as Where the Boys Are. Many visitors never leave the promenade, with its signature white wave wall, or Las Olas Boulevard, the Rodeo Drive of Fort Lauderdale. But ambitious day-trippers can ﬁnd examples of the city’s rich cultural mix in the elegant 1920’s bungalows along Sailboat Bend and a slew of Jamaican and Brazilian restaurants. Port Everglades is international and quite lively— after all, it’s the second-busiest cruise port in the world. Better still, the port is close to the center of Fort Lauderdale. In minutes, you can be eating Bimini bread in atmospheric locals-only joints, channeling spring-breaks past in hallowed bars, or watching wild Brazilian squirrel monkeys scamper through lush estates.
Shopping for designer labels at Sawgrass Mills—with over 300 shops, it’s Florida’s most extensive outlet mall.
Breakfast at the Floridian, a beloved old-school diner adorned with celeb photos that’s open round the clock.
Escaping to the whimsical 35-acre Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, a 1921 Carribean-style plantation-cum-artist residence.