When is the best time to fly to Fort Lauderdale?
Fort Lauderdale’s weather from November through April is outstanding, and also the peak season. This is the dry period, which experiences average high temperatures between 75 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit and average low temperatures of 59 to 66 degrees. While it’s not quite the Spring Break hotspot it was in the 60s and 70s, lots of tourists still travel to Fort Lauderdale during this time. It is therefore best advised to book several months in advance for the best deals on airfares and accommodations.
The peak season also plays host to a number of popular annual events. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival (March) is a great event for the whole family, which includes the grand parade, traditional Irish music, dancing, a children’s village full of activities and a wide variety of food and beverages. Another event which is more suited to adult visitors is the Wine and Culinary Celebration (April), which showcases a vast array of spirits, wines and beers from around the world with a variety of food pairings from some of South Florida’s leading restaurants.
Book up to a year in advance for travel during holidays and school vacation periods, which include, Thanksgiving (late November), Christmas (late December to early January), winter (February/March), spring vacation (April), summer (May/June to August/September) and all federal and state holidays.
Late spring (May) and fall (October) can be a great times to visit; the weather is nice and the crowds will be slightly smaller. Temperatures on average will be in the late 60s to early 80s and although there is some rainfall, it is significantly less than during summer (June to September). It may be possible to find cheaper flights to Fort Lauderdale and better hotel deals during these in-between seasons, but book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Fort Lauderdale summers (June through September) are hot and humid. This is when the most rainfall occurs, particularly in the months of June and September. However, this is the most affordable time to fly to Fort Lauderdale and get a great deal on flights. Hotels in the area also reduce their prices considerably during the summer. As most days thunderstorms occur in the afternoon or evening, you can still make the most of your vacation.
Before booking your flight, you should take into consideration that the hurricane season falls from June through November. Major hurricanes are most likely to affect the area during the months of September and October.
The Venice of America, Fort Lauderdale is built around thousands of canals and inland waterways. Getting around is an experience like no other in America, and cheap water taxis whizz you downtown from the beach to shopping and dining opportunities on Las Olas Boulevard.
About 45 minutes north of Miami and four hours south of Orlando, in the middle of South Florida's Gold Coast, Fort Lauderdale used to be Spring Break central. College students landed cheap flights to Fort Lauderdale and partied for a week nonstop. In recent years, with older, cheaper motels demolished and hotels such as the St Regis and Hilton springing up, Fort Lauderdale has grown up. Now couples and families visit for the beaches, cultural and historic sites, and social events.
There's plenty to see in Fort Lauderdale. Along with the Blue Wave beaches are the Museum of Discovery and Science, Museum of Arts, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and Stranahan House, all within walking distance along the New River.
Getting around Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International (FLL) is located 25 miles north of Miami and 8km from the beaches of Fort Lauderdale.
Alternative Airports (distances in miles): Miami International (21); West Palm Beach International Airport (42)
Fort Lauderdale Travel Information
- Popular with residents and visitors is the Riverwalk area. After taking cheap flights to Fort Lauderdale, its tropical landscape and views of the city, outdoor cafes, gazebos and park benches make it a wonderful place for an evening stroll.
- Stranahan House is Fort Lauderdale's most historic building. It was built by Frank Stranahan in 1901 as a trading post for settlers and the Seminole Indians. Over the years it evolved into the post office, community centre and town hall as Stranahan became a postmaster, banker and businessman. He married Ivy Julia Cromartie, a fellow pioneer and the area's first school teacher. In 1906, it became the Stranahans' personal residence and remained so until Ivy's death in 1971.
- At Hugh Taylor Birch State Park you can camp, hike, bike, skate or Segway around the park. A day at the beach, picnicking, or getting fresh air and some exercise costs just $1 for pedestrians and up to $4 for a car load of up to eight people.
- Butterfly World in Tradewinds Park, 10 miles north of Fort Lauderdale has one of the world's largest collections of butterflies.