Fort Lauderdale Beach

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Fort Lauderdale Beach, with more than seven miles of beaches, is a popular tourist destination as more than ten million visitors visit the city of Fort Lauderdale annually.  At Fort Lauderdale Beach, you can walk, bike, rollerblade, picnic, play volleyball or basketball and there is a playground for the kids.  Fort Lauderdale Beach facilities include restrooms, outdoor showers, grills, picnic tables, playground, volleyball and basketball courts and 20-30 (seasonal) lifeguard stations.  In addition to miles of white sand, palm-laden beaches, popular attractions in the Fort Lauderdale Beach area include the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex & International Swimming Hall of Fame (Seabreeze blvd & SE 5th st), the 180-acre Hugh Taylor Birch State Park (3109 E Sunrise blvd near A1A), the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum (1527 SW 1st ave), the Museum of Discovery and Science and IMAX theatre (401 SW 2nd st), and the Galleria Mall (2414 E Sunrise blvd).  The Fort Lauderdale Beach area has an extensive canal system (165 miles) with close to 42 thousand yachts and one hundred marinas which support more than 100 thousand boating industry jobs.    


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Fort Lauderdale has a total area of thirty-six square miles which includes 4.3 square miles of water.  The wet season from May to October has average high temperatures in the high eighties fahrenheit and average low temperatures in the low seventies.  Many summer afternoons will experience a brief but heavy rainstorm.  The dry season from November to April has comfortable average highs in the upper seventies fahrentheit with average lows in the low sixties.  Occasional cold fronts can bring colder weather for a few days.  Hurricane season runs from June to November with the most intense activity occurring between August and October. 

US Census Bureau estimates show Fort Lauderdale with a 2007 population of 183 thousand residents within the South Florida metropolitan region of 5.4 million residents.  The 2000 census revealed median household income of $37,887 with 21.7% of the population foreign-born, 69% of whom are from Latin America. 

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Fort Lauderdale is also known as a major convention center as 30% of visitors attend conventions at the city's 600 thousand square foot convention center.  Fort Lauderdale also hosts an annual International Boat Show which brings well over 100 thousand visitors to the city each year.  The city has more than four thousand restaurants.  The Las Olas Boulevard area in downtown Fort Lauderdale is home to many new hotels and luxury condo developments.  The Las Olas Riverfront at Brickell and SE 2nd street has numerous restaurants and shops as well as boat tours along the Fort Lauderdale canal system.  Las Olas Blvd between 6th avenue and 11th avenue is known as an arts and entertainment district with numerous restaurants, art galleries, and boutique shops. 

Companies based in Fort Lauderdale include Autonation, Citrix Systems, DHL Express, Spirit Airlines, Tenet Healthcare, American Express, The Continental Group, Motorola, Maxim Integrated Products, & Gulfstream International Airlines.  Area colleges and universities include Broward Community College, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Nova Southeeastern University, the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, the University of Phoenix and Kaplan University. 

Public transportation includes the Broward County Transit system with connections to neighboring systems to the Metrobus in Miami-Dade county and the Palm Tran in Palm Beach county plus the Tri-Rail commuter rail system and Amtrak.  The Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL) includes numerous low-cost carriers which allows it to compete with neighboring Miami International Airport (MIA).  Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades is ranked the nation's third busiest cruise port.  

Fort Lauderdale Beach is approximately twenty-five miles north of Miami / South Beach.    


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