South Florida is a magnificent place to visit, from the bright lights of Ocean Drive to the swampy mysteries of the Everglades. Miami and Fort Lauderdale are two of the most dynamic cities around, packed with excitement and adventure, and no trip to South Florida should pass up the opportunity to explore these twin metropolises.
Miami and Fort Lauderdale are also huge departure and destination points for all kinds of cruises, and it is no surprise that this is considered the cruise capital of the world. Cruises from Fort Lauderdale take in the glitz and glamour of South Florida, the tropical paradise of the Bahamas, and the gorgeous serenity of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Any adventure setting off from this great city is a wonderful opportunity to explore a little further, and take in some of the best that South Florida has to offer.
We’ve pulled together some of the most exciting things to do from Las Olas to Wynwood, bringing together the Magic City and the Venice of America in one unmissable itinerary.
Sun-kissed and full of Art Deco delights, Miami is both elegant and wild, all at the same time. Wynwood, the hip, artsy district just across the water from Miami Beach is a great place to start. Take an art walk, discover remarkable street art, and drink in the ‘block party’ atmosphere that kicks off when the sun goes down.
A trip to Miami without taking in the sea is unthinkable, and South Beach is world famous for a reason. For a slightly more refined take, visit the Venetian Pool, a glorious lagoon carved out of coral, and a tranquil oasis perfect for sunbathing, swimming or just dozing off to the sound of waterfalls.
Miami’s rep as a party town is well deserved, but the city has a serious cultural edge to it as well. Hit up Perez Art Museum Miami, known as the PAMM, for some exciting modern art, or swing by Little Havana and discover the genuine Cuban culture, art and music that thrives on Calle Ocho.
Miami is full of wonderful places to eat and drink, and Downtown is the best place to grab a bite, a beer, and party the night away. Don’t miss the views at Juvia, or the music at Floyd.
Long seen as just a place for raucous Spring Breakers, Fort Lauderdale now has a far more sophisticated reputation. Whisky and jazz have replaced tequila and wet t-shirts, and the dining and shopping on Las Olas is boutique, boujis and brilliant.
Las Olas Boulevard itself is one of Fort Lauderdale’s biggest selling points. A long, elegant strip of high end bars, tremendous restaurants and a handful of small art galleries, a trip to The Strip is a must when in town.
One of Fort Lauderdale’s main attractions is its proximity to the Everglades, with the national park just a short drive from downtown. Take a ride on an airboat, and get up close to amazing wildfowl, gators, and if you are lucky, even a panther!
Fort Lauderdale also boasts a stunning stretch of sand, with far fewer crowds than the beaches in Miami. Take a break, relax, and catch some rays before setting off on your next adventure!