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Insider Guide

Fort Lauderdale

Florida's effortless getaway packed with pristine beaches and thriving culture.

Insider Guide Fort Lauderdale

When in Fort Lauderdale, You Must

Know Before You Go

Take a twist on a poolside sip with @thehyypo popsicles, served at the WET deck!

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CHECK OUT THE FLAVORS

Talk Like a Local

Know the slang of the city

Kiki

ki/ki adj.
Having a party, a good ole time
Meet me on the beach at 5PM for the sunset kiki.

NEIGHBORHOODS TO EXPLORE

These diverse neighborhoods range from the ultra-glamorous to the up and coming. Each one offers something unique and different to the Fort Lauderdale way of life.

1. Victoria Park

You’ve arrived to gorgeous multimillion homes on streets lined with old oak trees. Your best bet is to jump on a bike and explore this neighborhood and adjoining Holiday Park with its plethora of fuel amenities.

2. Wilton Manors

Consider this the gay mecca and head to The Drive any night of the week, where there’s always at least one bustling bar or dance club jam packed with night crawlers.

3. Oakland Park

A burgeoning town growing with its own craft breweries, and a variety of thrift store and consignment shops offering everything from tchotchkes to really cool vintage finds.

4. Lauderdale By The Sea

Just as the name implies, the main town center features oceanside bars, restaurants, surf shops and Anglin's Pier, which jets out into the Atlantic Ocean. Grab a fishing pole, some bait, and catch your dinner.

W Fort Lauderdale
401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
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Ultimate Access to Fort Lauderdale

There's more to discover beyond the beach

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Monarchs Cut & Shave

504 NW 1st Ave

Definitely the coolest place to get a cut, shave or fade. Stop by their adjacent store, 1977, for cool threads to go with your new look.

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Ask for Brad, one of the owners!

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Rhythm & Vine

401 NE 5th Terrace

There's no other place like it, with its backyard party space complete with Airbus Trailer that opens up and doubles as a walk up bar. Inside, walls are decorated with graffiti and a diverse collection of art from local artists.

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Join the tropical day party for a coco cocktail!

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Fort Lauderdale Jetties

2100 S. Ocean Lane

This is the spot. Grab some grub, throw it in a back pack, and include a throw. Head down to this beach to sit back and watch some of the largest cruise ships ease past you.

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Head all the way down the beach to find the best spot to hang all day.

Either / Or

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DETOX

Spa Juice Bar

1217 E Las Olas Blvd

Fresh is the main ingredient on the menu here, where everything is organic and cold pressed right in before your eyes.

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RETOX

Revolution Live

100 SW 3rd Ave

The definitive venue to watch live bands as they tour across the country. All genres including alternative and rock 'n' roll.

Don't Miss Out

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27Jul-30Jul

Supercon

Broward County Convention Center

1950 Eisenhower Blvd

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2Dec-4Dec

Rip Tide Music Festival

Fort Lauderdale Beach Park South

1100 Seabreeze Blvd

Fort Lauderdale Must Haves

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The essentials for your escape

1. Tanks & Shorts

Pretty much your uniform.

2. Sunglasses

Keep the sun out and the views in.

3. Sunscreen

Keep your gun show glistening and gleaming, not toasty and crispy.

4. Flask

We’re not saying to bring this along, but it might come in handy as alcohol is not sold or permitted on the beach.

SPOTTED IN FLORIDA

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FAT Village Art Walk

521 NW 1st Ave

Every first of the month enjoy the FAT Village Art Walk, bringing together local musicians, bakers, painters, designers, food trucks, sculptors, and photographers.

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Elektrik Boutique

619 E Las Olas Blvd

Go Elektrik to get eclectic. This unique clothing store has all the unique finds you need to stand out whether it’s on the beach, at the bar, or anywhere in between.

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Spa Juice Bar

1217 E. Las Olas Blvd

Need a pick me up?
Spa Juice Bar is your healthy antidote for that midday slump.

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