Fort Lauderdale Highlights
Heading north from Miami just 15 miles (24km), the city's frenetic pace gives way to the wide, tree-lined boulevards, multimillion-dollar homes and luxury yachts sailing the Venetian waterways of Fort Lauderdale.
It wasn't always so: bolstered by movies like 1960's Where the Boys Are and peaking with its '80s remake, Fort Lauderdale was spring break central. It's now a stylish, sophisticated city with world-class art, café-lined riverside walkways and the world's second-busiest cruise port after Miami. Like the rest of south Florida, Fort Lauderdale is a major gay and lesbian destination.