When someone is looking to vacation in South Florida, they probably think of Miami first. That may soon change, though, because Fort Lauderdale is quickly becoming the perfect South Florida destination.
Here are six reasons why Fort Lauderdale should be your number one choice when booking your next vacay:
Cheaper Accommodations That Don’t Skimp On Luxury
I recently visited Fort Lauderdale and stayed at the phenomenal Hyatt Centric Las Olas, which turned out to be the perfect place to call home while exploring the endless fun that Fort Lauderdale has to offer.
The hotel was designed to resemble a nautical theme, from the artwork to the floorboards, and the entire property had a very upscale and luxurious vibe that came at nearly half the cost of similar hotels in Miami.
Less Crowded Beaches
Miami Beach has been overcrowded for years, and while it’s still worth a visit, it can be a bit much for travelers looking for more peace and quiet.
In contrast, Fort Lauderdale Beach has everything you need and more without the hordes of people.
It’s a gorgeous white sandy beach with warm but refreshing clear water, and there are plenty of food and beverage options along the Fort Lauderdale boardwalk if you need a quick bite.
Breaking for a refresh is quick and easy. You can head up to the boardwalk, grab something from one of the many bars and restaurants then you can hop right back to the beach and enjoy the sun and waves.
More Laid Back Vibes
Sometimes the hustle and bustle of Miami can be way too much. If you’re like me, you may be seeking a beach destination that can match the chill vibes you’re looking for, and Fort Lauderdale is the perfect place to slow down and actually enjoy your vacation.
Still, while the city may be chill, there’s still something for every type of traveler to enjoy.
Fort Lauderdale is more than just a laid-back beach. There are tons of options for nightlife, bars, art, culture, and cuisine, and most of these spots have a laid-back overtone that isn’t as easy to find in Miami.
One of the coolest spots that screams laid-back and chill is located right inside the Hyatt Centric Las Olas hotel —a speakeasy!
The 901 is a 1920’s themed speakeasy where you can enjoy classic cocktails in a cozy and private environment, but don’t forget to book a reservation in advance!
@traveloffpath The Hyatt Centric Las Olas is the perfect place to explore Fort Lauderdale from! . #hyatt #travel #fortlauderdale #florida #summer #hyattcentric ♬ A tropical house that feels Summer vibes – Roa
Easier To Get Around
One of my favorite things to look for when picking a place to stay is the walkability factor of the hotel. I love being able to walk to cool bars and restaurants and enjoy the scenery around the city.
Luckily, the Hyatt Centric Las Olas is within walking distance to local hotspots, like Java and Jam for brunch or Bodega Taqueria y Tequila for amazing tacos and margaritas (which is right across the street from the Wharf Fort Lauderdale).
Even when your next spot to check out is out of walking distance, there are so many public transport options in Fort Lauderdale it is still easy to get around. My favorite to use was the free electric transport service through Circuit (think of a suped-up golf cart dishing out free rides).
If you want to get around a little faster but still enjoy being outside, then you should definitely take advantage of one of my favorite perks at the Hyatt Centric Las Olas – free bicycles!
@traveloffpath Free bikes at Hyatt Centric Las Olas! . #hyatt #travel #biking #fortlauderdale #florida #summer ♬ Feels Like Summer – Samuel Jack
Less Populated In General
When we were biking through Fort Lauderdale, you could easily bike along without worrying about running into pedestrians in most areas. A lot of the super fun activities we did felt like we had the whole place to ourselves.
Our group went to the Chops and Hops Axe Throwing Lodge and had a blast without ever feeling overcrowded. We even went to make our own candles at Candle Land right in the heart of Las Olas Boulevard, and it felt like we rented the entire place for a private experience.
Everything Feels Brand New & Modern
It had been almost ten years since I was last in Fort Lauderdale. The city has been entirely transformed. New luxury buildings have popped up all over the city, but it’s still kept its laid-back charm.
For example, the Hyatt Centric Las Olas was just recently built and opened its doors in 2020.
The building is beautifully modern with nautical colors, elements, and stunning artwork, but more importantly, the food meets all the high standards of modern cuisine — including for vegetarians and vegans.
I’ve been to many hotels where the food was average at best and severely overpriced, and I’ve always tried to eat out as much as possible to avoid hotel food. However, the food at Hyatt Centric Las Olas’ Harborwood Urban Kitchen and Bar is to die for.
The food was so good that I wanted to eat there as much as possible, even though there are so many amazing local restaurants within walking distance of the hotel! I highly recommend the corn flake crusted brioche French toast or the avocado toast with poached eggs for breakfast.
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