Fort Lauderdale



Fort Lauderdale has what’s known as a tropical rainforest climate. This means that’s there’s no true dry season, though much of the rainfall occurs during the months of May through October. The total average rainfall in Fort Lauderdale is 63 inches a year. This is significantly higher than the U.S. average of 38 inches per year. On average, precipitation falls 134 days per year with June being the wettest month (9.3 inches) and June through September being the wettest time of year. December is the driest month on average (2.4 inches) with Spring being the driest season of the year.

On average there are 246 sunny days per year. This is higher than the U.S. average of 205 days per year. From December through February, Fort Lauderdale experiences average low temperatures between 59 and 62 degrees. From November through April, the weather can be very pleasant. Excessive summertime heat really comes into play starting in May and runs through October. August is the hottest month of the year with an average high temperature of 90 degrees.

Airports & Traffic

Airport Size Distance
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Large 5 Miles
Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Small 8 Miles
Miami International Airport Large 35 Miles
Palm Beach International Airport Medium 45 Miles

Traffic Rating: Heavy Traffic Area

Private Clubs

Surprisingly for its size and stature, Fort Lauderdale is not home to wide variety of amenity rich private country club properties. Instead, this coastal city offers a little of everything with 2 traditional country clubs, 2 yacht clubs, and 1 private beach club property.

Coral Ridge Country Club

  • Coral Ridge Country Club is a private, non-equity country club founded in 1954. The club features a Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed 18-hole championship golf course and a Rees Jones designed 9-hole par 3 course along with great practice facilities. Other amenities consist of 11 tennis courts, junior Olympic swimming pool, playground, and three separate dining locations.

Lago Mar Country Club

  • Lago Mar Country Club features both equity and non-equity club membership opportunities. The club boasts a plantation style golf course redesigned in 2009 by Kipp Schulties with rolling open land and impressive water elements. Members also enjoy 6 Har-Tru tennis courts, 3 casual and fine dining restaurants, and a junior Olympic size swimming pool.

The Club at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

  • The Club at Harbor Beach located at the Marriott Resort & Spa is a private club with all the amenities of a beachfront resort and spa. Members gain access to spa and fitness facilities, critically acclaimed restaurants and bars, 8,000 square foot lagoon style swimming pool, private beach, water sports center, and four tennis courts.

Lauderdale Yacht Club

  • The Lauderdale Yacht Club is a membership by invitation only private club founded in 1938. Here you will find a waterfront clubhouse, 5 clay tennis courts, fitness center, junior Olympic size swimming pool, and 65-slip marina. The Lauderdale Yacht Club also features year round sailing programs for all skill levels.

Coral Ridge Yacht Club

  • Coral Ridge Yacht Club is an invitation only, private, member-owned club dedicated to yachting, social, and family-oriented activities. Located on the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway in central Fort Lauderdale Coral Ridge Yacht Club is home to a 65-slip marina, large swimming pool, tennis court, and excellent food and beverage facilities.

Coral Ridge Country Club

3801 Bayview Drive

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

(954) 449-4400

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Lago Mar Country Club

1700 S Ocean Lane

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

(954) 523-6511

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The Club at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

3030 Holiday Drive

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

(954) 525-4000

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Lauderdale Yacht Club

1725 Southeast 12th Street

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

(954) 524-5500

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Coral Ridge Yacht Club

2800 Yacht Club Blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

(954) 566-7886

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The Food Scene in Fort Lauderdale is developing at a rapid pace and it is attracting top notch culinary talent to the area. Waterfront Dining is huge in Fort Lauderdale and there are always new concepts with a view popping up around town. A rite of passage for any Ft. Lauderdale resident is the cracking of stone crab claws at any of the city’s famous seafood establishments. In season October 15th – May 15th these highly coveted claws are something you do not want to miss out on.

Boathouse At The Riverside 

620 East Las Olas Boulevard

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

New American, Mediterranean Influence, Full Bar

(954) 337-5494

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Shooters Waterfront

3033 Northeast 32nd Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

American, Laid-back, Live Music

(954) 566-2855

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Coopers Hawk Winery & Restaurant

2568 E Sunrise Blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

American, Winery

(754) 755-9463

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1555 SE 17th Street

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Seafood, American

(954) 525-7400

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Burlock Coast

1 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

American, Seafood

(954) 302-6460

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Chima Steakhouse

2400 E Las Olas Blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Brazilian, Steak

(954) 712-0580

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Fort Lauderdale is in the process of transforming from a spring break and party destination to a chic waterfront metropolis more akin to parts of Miami. With that you will find both touristy beach accessory stores but also very upscale promenades such as Las Olas Boulevard.

Las Olas Boulevard is one of South Florida’s most architecturally unique shopping districts. The boulevard features 10 international art galleries and over 65 unique shops selling fashion items, gifts, accessories, and much more.

The Galleria Mall features over 100 fashion retailers including Niemen Marcus, Macy’s, and Dillard’s.

Sawgrass Mills Mall is the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in the United States. Here you will find more than 350 stores including luxury brand outlet stores such as Burberry, Diane von Furstenberg, GUCCI, Jimmy Choo, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo Company Store, Tory Burch and Versace.

The Westfield Broward is yet another large shopping mall which features 115 retail and service shops, four department stores, movie theatre, and variety of dining options.

We can’t talk about shopping in Fort Lauderdale and not include the ever popular Swap Shop. The Swap Shop is the granddaddy of flea markets and the largest in the south. Apart from the flea market bargains, here you will also find a free Ferrari museum, drive in theatre, and a huge video arcade.

Las Olas Boulevard

Las Olas Boulevard

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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The Galleria At Fort Lauderdale

2414 East Sunrise Boulevard

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

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Sawgrass Mills Mall

12801 West Sunrise Boulevard

Sunrise, FL 33323

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Westfield Broward

8000 W Broward Blvd

Plantation, FL 33388

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Swap Shop

3291 W Sunrise Blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

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Things To Do

The Seminole Hardrock Hotel & Casino is the premier entertainment destination in the Fort Lauderdale area. The complex features gaming, nightclubs, bars, award winning restaurants, concerts, a European spa, lagoon style pool and beach club, retail shops, and much more.

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is the cultural center of Fort Lauderdale. This large performing arts center hosts operas, ballets, lectures, concerts, plays, and various community events throughout the year.

Opened in 1986, the NSU Art Museum’s permanent collections contain over 7,000 works of art and is home to a 256-seat auditorium which hosts lectures and films.

Fort Lauderdale beaches are best known for their clear waters, beachfront bars, and fantastic beachfront promenade with its iconic wavy sidewalk. The northern most shorelines in Fort Lauderdale feature beaches where the natural coral reef system is close enough to swim out to and snorkel. At Hugh Taylor Burch State Park residents can find a more natural stretch of beach devoid of the beachfront hotels, bars, and condos that line so much of the coast here. The beaches can get crowded around holidays and the infamous spring break period in March. This is especially true around Las Olas Beach and Fort Lauderdale Beach Park towards the southern end of the city’s coastline. Coconut Palm Trees grow tall through the soft sand like the setting to a Corona beer commercial. The color of the water is a clear Caribbean blue and wave action is typically very minimal.

Fort Lauderdale is known as the “Yachting Capital of the World” with its 50,000 registered yachts and 300 miles of inland waterways. The shoreline around Fort Lauderdale is almost exclusively commercially and residentially developed. There are many waterfront bars and restaurants to dock and dine at. Ocean access can be had through the Port Everglades Inlet which is a wide, deep inlet regularly used by cruise ships and other large vessels. There are a number of public boat ramp facilities throughout the area and no shortage of waterfront real estate with dockage if you can afford it.

With 300 miles of inland waterways there is no shortage canals to fish in the Fort Lauderdale area. While not a popular activity you can catch fish like snook and other inshore gamefish prowling the bridges, seawalls, and docks around the city. Oceanside, there are varying views on relative strength or weakness of the offshore bite in this part of the state. Some claim fishing is terrible in comparison to waters just north and south of Fort Lauderdale. They say it’s like the fish swim into a long tube just north of Miami and don’t come out the other side until up around Boca Raton. Others say it’s just as good a place to fish as any in South Florida. Regardless which opinion on the strength or weakness of the fishery you side with, sailfish, tuna, mahi mahi, wahoo, grouper, snapper, and many others can all be caught within sight of land. A major advantage that Fort Lauderdale and South Florida in general enjoys is the proximity to the Gulf Stream Current and how quickly the water gets deep as you venture offshore.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 

1 Seminole Way

Hollywood, FL 33314

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Broward Center for the Performing Arts

201 SW 5th Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

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NSU Art Museum

1 E Las Olas Blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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Fort Lauderdale schools are controlled by Broward County Public Schools. gives the school district a B rating and has it as the 24th best school district in the state. Broward County Public School District has 271,956 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 58% of students are at least proficient in math and 55% in reading. Several notable private schools include American Heritage School, American High School, Archbishop Edward McCarthy High School (Roman Catholic), Calvary Christian Academy (Christian), Cardinal Gibbons High School (Roman Catholic), Pine Crest School, and St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Roman Catholic).

School Grades Type Rating Location
Bayview Elementary School K-5 Public A view map
Fort Lauderdale High School 9-12 Public A view map
Cardinal Gibbons High School 9-12 Public A view map
Nova Middle School 6-8 Public B view map


The City of Fort Lauderdale has a total of 4 golf courses with 1 course being municipal. Within a short 20 mile drive you will find another 93 courses of which 32 are public and 23 municipal. The area has a high concentration of private golf clubs to join with great facilities and capped membership for maximum enjoyment.

Fort Lauderdale Country Club has two 18-hole championship golf courses available to members of the golf club. Both courses feature a traditional layout with exceptional drainage keeping the courses open and playable during the wetter months.

The Club at Emerald Hills opened in 1969 and was designed by Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge. The 18-hole championship golf course features undulating greens with contoured bunkers and hills.

Billed as South Florida’s finest public golf facility, Plantation Preserve Golf Course is an 18-hole championship golf course first opened in 2006. The course offers state of the art practice facilities and a beautiful clubhouse with dining facilities.

Jacaranda Golf Club is a semi private golf club with two of the finest golf courses in South Florida. Both the East and West Course are 18-hole championship layouts and the club’s two restaurants are sure to satisfy after playing a round.

Founded in 1968, Woodlands Country Club features a 36-hole championship layout designed by Robert Von Hagge and Bruce Devlin. The three level clubhouse hosts outdoor patios and decks, a formal dining room, cocktail lounge, and card rooms with bar service.

The Bridges at Springtree Golf Club offers a newly renovated Mark McCumber design with rolling terrain and shimmering lakes. This 18-hole par 62 course measures 4,042 yards from the back tees and features USGA Greens.

Grand Oaks Golf Club is a private golf club with a newly renovated Raymond Floyd-designed 18-hole championship golf course. Grand Oaks was the filming site of the hit movie “Caddyshack” and in 1999 the club was purchased by Wayne Huizenga who created the private golf club as a sanctuary for its members.

Fort Lauderdale Country Club

415 E Country Club Circle

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317

(954) 587-4700

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The Club at Emerald Hills

4100 North Hills Drive

Hollywood, FL 33021

(954) 961-4000

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Plantation Preserve Golf Course

7050 W Broward Blvd

Plantation, FL 33317

(954) 585-5020

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Jacaranda Golf Club

9200 W Broward Blvd

Plantation, FL 33324

(954) 472-5836

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Woodlands Country Club

4600 Woodlands Blvd

Tamarac, FL 33319

(954) 731-2500

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The Bridges at Springtree Golf Club

8150 Springtree Drive

Sunrise, FL 33351

(954) 572-2270

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Grand Oaks Golf Club

3201 W Rolling Hills Circle

Davie, FL 33328

(954) 916-2900

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