Fort Lauderdale City Guide
Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a city with 165,521 people, a tropical rainforest climate, and a 5% bed tax—presumably within hotels only, not personal homes. This trendy tourist destination has 4,000 restaurants, 63 golf courses, 12 shopping malls, 132 nightclubs, and 45,000 resident yachts. It’s a mere 23 miles north of Miami and boasts year-round temperatures of 75.5 °F. What more could you want in a city?
If you’re concerned that moving to “Fort Liquordale” will require you to party like you’re on constant spring break, rest assured that the city has long since passed anti-mayhem laws: vacationing college students numbered 350,000 in 1985 but only 10,000 in 2006. So what do people do for fun here? Besides beach activities and nightlife, you can check out the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop, 80 acres of fun! Here you’ll find an enormous flea market, video arcade, farmers’ market, and a 14-screen drive-in movie theater.
No need to worry about storing your yacht, golf equipment, or extra college students. Ft. Lauderdale has plenty of self storage facilities, including climate-controlled and boat-sized storage units.
Fort Lauderdale is renowned for its wide variety of food and even hosts an event called Food In Motion: Food Trucks & After Dark Artisan Market! (exclamation mark theirs). And what goes hand in hand with good food? Good music, of course—like the Tortuga Music Festival, a 3-day beach festival featuring Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
And don’t forget to visit the Florida Everglades. Though this swamp land is actually outside of the city, you don’t want to miss an alligator sighting! You won’t be able to take any of these large, semiaquatic reptiles home with you…but if you’re lucky Blake Shelton will fit nicely in your self-storage unit.