Bright white rocking chairs line up along the Victorian-style veranda overlooking the ocean at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort. This waterfront property wins guests over with its Old Florida charm, private beach and pool and – everyone’s favorite – the only lazy river in Fort Lauderdale. The tubing ride wraps around the outdoor area, with gentle currents pushing riders through the water, and drinks brought to them as they float along. The resort sits right along the Atlantic Ocean and out of the 156 rooms, 106 are oceanfront suites with balconies. For a sweet treat, visit The Emporium, an ice cream parlor located in the lobby.
Before the city’s warehouse district became the cooler, fresher, less posh version of Miami’s Wynwood, Fort Lauderdale was already highly regarded for its 23 miles of beaches and historical sights. Now, with the added bonus of great things to do like art walks, breweries and restaurants that might bring you into this Broward County city, you’re going to need a place to sleep when you visit. Luckily, there’s a great variety to choose from, in both number and style.
From immaculate waterfront views and historical properties to burlesque mermaid shows and the freshest seafood you could ask for, Fort Lauderdale has a winning mix of hotels, inns and boutique spaces that should provide something for everyone, whatever your needs and budget. Here are our top picks from the range on offer.