Fort Lauderdale is well-known for hundreds of marinas and boatyards surrounded by thousands of hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and other unique tourist attractions.
Fort Lauderdale in Florida is the county seat of Broward County, the seventh largest city in Florida, and a predominantly residential resort city with a Venice-like series of canals and waterways that are joined by the city's main beach called Fort Lauderdale Beach. The famous beach and canal system are well-known for an astounding number of marinas and boatyards surrounded by thousands of great hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and other unique attractions that have been the backbone of the city's thriving tourist industry for decades. Fort Lauderdale is the principal city in the entire South Florida metropolitan area, and home to over 5.5 million permanent residents according to statistics from the Census Bureau.
Even though For Lauderdale is located far from the equator, it boasts an attractive tropical rainforest climate with little seasonal variation in temperature. Average monthly temperatures in the area are above 66 F, a fact that qualifies the climate as a rainforest because it does not have a true dry season. The downtown area began a series of redevelopments in 2002 that saw the creation of many new hotels and high-rise condominium developments. With all that sun, sand and sea, Fort Lauderdale is also is a major manufacturing and maintenance center for the boating industry that is responsible for over 100,000 jobs there. As a popular yachting vacation stop, it is the home port for over 50,000 boats and site of the world's largest International Boat Show that brings over 125,000 boat fans to the city each year.
Considering the city's many unique assets, Fort Lauderdale's economy is understandably heavily reliant on tourists and the cruise ships and nautical recreation generate most of the revenue raised by the tourism there. Until the 1980s the city was the nation's biggest spring break destination for college students, but today the college crowds have dwindled and it now attracts a larger crowd of more sophisticated and affluent tourists. Although Florida boasts many great vacation destinations, Fort Lauderdale has enough of the right stuff to continue to grow and draw more visitors every year. If you're considering a trip or vacation to the Sunshine State this year, Fort Lauderdale should be at the top of your list.
Annual Fort Lauderdale Tourism Statistics:
2.6 million visitors to the greater Fort Lauderdale area.
$10 billion spent in tourist expenditures.
$40 million in tax revenues from tourism.
60,000 air passenger arrivals and departures per day.
Half a dozen cruise ship arrivals and departures per day.