Ft. Lauderdale is a popular South Florida tourist destination as well as a major cruise departure port that has much to offer. As a cruise departure port it has the unique advantage of being located within two miles of its international airport. As a tropical vacation city it boasts some of the best beaches in America.
What’s In The Cruise Port Of Call Of Ft. Lauderdale
Ft. Lauderdale is a popular South Florida tourist destination as well as a major cruise departure port that has much to offer. As a cruise departure port it has the unique advantage of being located within two miles of its international airport. As a tropical vacation city it boasts some of the best beaches in America. The city occupies a strip of land 15 miles wide between the Atlantic Ocean and The Everglades and north of Miami and south of the Palm Beaches.
If you’re visiting Ft. Lauderdale as a cruise port of call there are a number of great options to fill your day. If you are looking to spend a day at the beach you are only a few miles from the main beach that runs miles along highway A1A. On the way to the beach from the port is 17th Street Causeway with a number of good shopping locations. Between the south end of the port and the ocean is a barrier island called John Lloyd State Park which is reached by going south to Dania Beach and coming back north along the ocean.
Where Your Ship Docks
Port Everglades is a major port capable of handling a large number of cruise ships at its terminals along with docking commercial tankers and freighters. Because of its size it is not advisable to try walking out.
Taxis are readily available inside the port and rates are about average. There are rental car pick-up buses available to take you from the cruise terminal over to the airport to rent a car but it is highly recommended that you reserve a car ahead of time. The buses will also return you to the port. Because of port security Uber and Lyft can bring passengers into the port but it is difficult for them to do pick-ups at the port. Local bus service stops at the Northport section of Port Everglades near the convention center which can be up to two miles from the main cruise terminals. The city also features water taxis on the New River that runs through the middle of the city.
U.S. Dollars and some businesses will accept Canadian Dollars at a premium. Major credit cards and debit cards are commonly accepted and ATM’s are common.
This is a major metropolitan city with something for everyone including great shopping on Los Olas Blvd. and The Galleria Mall. Activities offered include sport fishing trips, skin and scuba diving, cruising the inter-coastal past million dollar mansions and of course beach water sports. You can also go west to the Everglades for airboat tours. Between Los Olas and the New River are a number of places to explore including the River Walk, The Discovery Center Museum and the historic Stranahan house.
Sights of interest noted on the map:
- 1 John Lloyd Beach State Park
- 2 Pier 66 Hotel
- 3 Bahia Mar Marina
- 4 Central Ft. Lauderdale Beach
- 5 River Walk
- 6 Discover Center Museum
- 7 Ft. Lauderdale International Airport
- 8 Southport 17th Street shops