Block-long cruise ships and international cargo vessels are both welcome to dock at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, one of the world’s busiest seaports. The port is located on the southeastern coast of Florida, near many of Fort Lauderdale’s sprawling beaches and only 23 miles north of Miami. Minutes away, you’ll find the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel, a chic hotel that recently underwent a $6 million floor-to-ceiling renovation.
Use your dining credit at Bistro 17, the hotel’s New American restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a tropically inspired setting. A few steps away, the onsite lounge extends from the hotel lobby to the outdoor pool and offers light meals and a full spread of specialty cocktails. Upstairs, city-view rooms have sweeping views of the city through soundproof windows.
Fort Lauderdale: Sunny Beaches, Canals, and Nightlife
Fort Lauderdale has been called the “Venice of America,” in reference to the intricate canal system that crisscrosses town. The canals buoy the city’s thriving yachting scene—100 area marinas and boatyards house some 42,000 resident yachts. Hop onto a water taxi to spend the day on the water, cruising past cultural, historical, and retail destinations, or sprawl out on a sandy stretch of one of the city’s 23 miles of beaches. At night, venture to the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, where you’ll find plenty of theaters, museums, and restaurants along the New River.