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Overview

The beach and downtown have exploded with upscale shops, restaurants, and luxury resort hotels equipped with enough high-octane amenities to light up skies all the way to western Broward's Alligator Alley.

The 20-mile shoreline—with wide ribbons of golden sand for beachcombing and sunbathing—remains the anchor draw for Fort Lauderdale, but amazing beaches are now complemented by show-stopping hotels, an exploding foodie scene, and burgeoning cultural scene. In a little more than 100 years, Fort Lauderdale has grown into Fort Fabulous.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: U.S. citizens must travel with a valid government-issued photo identification (such as a driver’s license). Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, visit the website for the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming.

Honeymoon Packages: Packages: Some hotels require a marriage certificate or license in order for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring this information with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit https://www.costcotravel.com/Info/Airline-Baggage. If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or the official website for the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/travel or by phone at 1-800-232-4636. You’ll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation, you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers’ tips, public announcements, travel advisories and more, please visit the Web site of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Climate:
Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
May through September: 88° to 92°
October through April: 72° to 85°

Tropical Storm Season from June to November

Water Safety: Tap water is safe to drink.

Tipping: A 15% tip is customary for service. At All-Inclusive hotels, gratuities are generally included in the vacation price.

Local Currency: U.S. Dollar

Time Zone: Eastern

Telephone Information: Direct dialing for local and international telephone calls is available from most hotels and from most public phones.

Local Language: English

Transportation: Rental cars, taxis and buses are available. To determine time schedules, please inquire at your hotel.

Do Not Forget: Visitors are reminded to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, swimwear, insect repellent, personal prescriptions, a camera, film/memory card, an extra camera battery, comfortable walking shoes, and travel documents.

Planner

Peak season runs Thanksgiving through April, when concert, art, and entertainment seasons go full-throttle. Expect heat and humidity and some rain in summer. Hurricane winds come most notably in August and September. Golfing tee-time waits are longer on weekends year-round. Regardless of season, remember that Fort Lauderdale sunshine can burn even in cloudy weather.

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Top Experiences

  • Blue Waves : Sparkling Lauderdale beaches spanning Broward County's entire coast were Florida's first to capture Blue Wave Beach status from the Clean Beaches Council.

  • Inland Waterways : More than 300 miles of inland waterways, including downtown Fort Lauderdale's historic New River, create what's known as the Venice of America.

  • Everglades Access : Just minutes from luxury hotels and golf courses, the rugged Everglades tantalize with alligators, colorful birds, and other wildlife.

  • Vegas-Style Gaming : Since slots and blackjack tables hit Hollywood's glittering Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in 2008, smaller competitors have followed this lucrative trend.

  • Cruise Gateway : Port Everglades—home port for Allure and Oasis of the Seas, the world's largest cruise vessels—hosts ships from major cruise lines.

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Activities

Make the most of your vacation by including an activity when you book your package. Please note, activities and tour credits are only available with a vacation package.

Key West Day Trip

Cross 42 bridges and hop 32 islands before reaching the southernmost city in the continental United States. Upon arrival, you’ll have time to explore Key West on your own. Popular optional activities include a visit to Hemingway's House, a trolley or train tour, a kayaking adventure or a dolphin-watching cruise. Be sure to check out Mallory Square, where a lively celebration takes place daily, and discover the variety of historic homes, bars, restaurants and galleries. Or, just relax on the beach and enjoy the smell of jasmine in the air. No preset activities are included, leaving you free to spend time however you please.

Additional Information

Tour Details
Average Activity Level IconActivity Level: This tour requires an average level of fitness and mobility.

Tour Duration: 15 hours

Days of Operation:
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Except: Not Available on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
Departure Time(s)
  • 6:15a.m.
Pick-Up Point(s)
  • Best Western Plus Fort Lauderdale Airport South Inn & Suites
Type of Vehicle(s)
  • Motor coach
Cancellation Policy
  • Due to advance reservation requirements, this tour is nonrefundable and nontransferable.
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Key West Day Trip & Snorkeling Trip

You'll cross 42 bridges and hop 32 islands before reaching the southernmost city of the continental United States. Key West is a colorful town where everything can be explored by foot. The package includes a catamaran snorkeling cruise - a memorable chance to discover a whole new underwater world. The coral reef of Key West is the third largest in the world. It is home to numerous fish, animals and plants. Thanks to the warm, tropical waters, the reef can be snorkeled year-round.

Additional Information

Tour Details
Average Activity Level IconActivity Level: This tour requires an average level of fitness and mobility.
  • Passengers must be able to swim.

Tour Duration: Approximately 15 hours


Tour Highlights
  • Snorkel in the world's 3rd largest coral reef

Tour Inclusion(s)
  • Motor coach round trip hotel transfer from Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel
  • 3 hour visit to the Coral Reef in a 65 foot Catamaran
  • Snorkel gear
  • Local taxes and fees
Days of Operation:
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Except: Not Available on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
Departure Time(s)
  • 6:15a.m.
Pick-Up Point(s)
  • Best Western Plus Fort Lauderdale Airport South Inn & Suites
Type of Vehicle(s)
  • Motor Coach
Cancellation Policy
  • A 100% cancellation fee will apply for no-shows or if the reservation is canceled within three days prior to arrival.
Additional Information
  • To confirm your tour and departure time, make changes or cancel, please call Gray Line Miami at 1-877-643-1258
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Key West Day Trip & Glass Bottom Boat Ride

Cross 42 bridges and hop 32 islands before reaching the southernmost city in the continental United States. Upon arrival, you’ll have time to explore Key West on your own. Popular optional activities include a visit to Hemingway's House, a trolley or train tour, a kayaking adventure or a dolphin-watching cruise. Be sure to check out Mallory Square, where a lively celebration takes place daily, and discover the variety of historic homes, bars, restaurants and galleries. Or, just relax on the beach and enjoy the smell of jasmine in the air. This package also includes an unforgettable glass bottom boat ride to Key West’s colorful coral reef, the third largest in the world.

Additional Information

Tour Details

Tour Duration: 15 hours

Days of Operation:
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Except: Not Available on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
Departure Time(s)
  • 6:15a.m.
Pick-Up Point(s)
  • Best Western Plus Fort Lauderdale Airport South Inn & Suites
Type of Vehicle(s)
  • Motor Coach
Cancellation Policy
  • Due to advance reservation requirements, this tour is nonrefundable and nontransferable
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Ft. Lauderdale Sightseeing Cruise

Jungle Queen’s Riverboat Cruise takes you on a fully narrated cruise down the “Venice of America,” Fort Lauderdale’s historic New River. See Millionaire’s Row with homes of the rich and famous, spectacular mega yachts, and other dazzling sights.

Additional Information

Tour Details

Tour Duration: 90 Minutes


Tour Inclusion(s)
  • Boat Admission
Days of Operation:
  • Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Except: Not Available on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
Departure Time(s)
  • Please contact tour company for schedule. Times are variable during a more limited schedule.
Pick-Up Point(s)
  • Bahia Mar Yachting Center on A1A
Cancellation Policy
  • A 100% cancellation fee will apply for no-shows.
Additional Information
  • The live narration is in English only, audio tours are not available in other languages.
  • Soft drinks, beer, wine, cocktails and snacks are available for purchase onboard.
  • Please arrive 45 minutes prior to departure to allow time for parking and to find seating on your cruise. Present your voucher at the Jungle Queen box office at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center.
  • To confirm your tour and departure time or make changes, please call Gray Line Miami at 1-877-643-1258.
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Transfers

Region: Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood
Transfer Company: Gray Line Tours
Telephone: 877-643-1258

Rental Cars

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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
600 Terminal Drive #202, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33315
Telephone: 800-992-9823
Monday-Friday Hours: 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Saturday-Sunday Hours: 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Miami International Airport (MIA)
3900 NW 25th St., Miami, FL, 33142
Telephone: 305-663-6076
Monday-Friday Hours: 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Saturday-Sunday Hours: 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Rates Include

  • Rates include the daily rental rate, the Florida state general excise tax, the daily vehicle rental surcharge, the daily vehicle licensing and registration fee, and the airport concession recovery fee (where applicable).

Renter Qualifications

  • Renters must be at least 21 years of age at the time of the rental. Renters ages 21-24 will be subject to a daily surcharge.
  • Major credit card in own name (AMEX, VISA, MasterCard).

Additional Driver Policy

  • One additional driver is included in the rates.
  • Additional drivers must be at least 21 years of age. Drivers 21 to 25 years of age are subject to the underage driver's fee.

Safety

  • Florida state law requires that a child under 4 years of age (up to about 40 lbs) is properly restrained in a child safety seat. (Renter responsible for securing child passenger in child safety seat in rental vehicle.)

Items on Request

  • A request for hand controls must be requested directly through Alamo's Tour Help Desk.

Accident Protection Plan

  • Optional insurance plans are available to book directly through Alamo at the rental location.

Drop Charges

    • Drop fees do not apply when picking up and returning the car within the state of Florida, with the exception of Key West, Florida.
    • If the vehicle is returned to Key West, Florida or another location outside the state of Florida, an additional drop charge will apply, and is payable to Alamo directly.
    • Fee varies by location.
    *Drop charges are subject to change without notice.

Cancellation Policy

  • There will be no charge for cancellations made prior to pick-up date.


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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
600 Terminal Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33315
Telephone: 954-359-2400
Monday-Friday Hours: 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Saturday-Sunday Hours: 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Rates Include

  • Rates include the daily rental rate, the Florida state general excise tax, the daily vehicle rental surcharge, the daily vehicle licensing and registration fee, and the airport concession recovery fee (where applicable).

Renter Qualifications

  • Valid driver's license in own name (required by law). Foreign renters must have a valid license from their home country. An international license alone is not acceptable.
  • Major credit card in own name (AMEX, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and Diners Club)
  • Renters must be at least 21 years of age at the time of the rental. Renters ages 21-24 will be subject to a daily surcharge.

Additional Driver Policy

  • One additional driver is included in the rates.
  • For additional drivers beyond the one complimentary, a daily fee will apply and will be charged at the Budget rental location will be subject to a daily surcharge.

Safety

  • Florida state law requires that a child under 4 years of age (up to about 40 lbs) is properly restrained in a child safety seat. (Renter responsible for securing child passenger in child safety seat in rental vehicle.)
  • Child safety seats are available for a daily surcharge and must be requested in advance.

Items on Request

  • A request for hand controls must be requested directly through Budget's Tour Help Desk.

Accident Protection Plan

  • Optional insurance plans are available to book directly through Budget at the rental location.

Drop Charges

    • Drop fees do not apply when picking up and returning the car within the state of Florida, with the exception of Key West, Florida.
    • If the vehicle is returned to Key West, Florida or another location outside the state of Florida, an additional drop charge will apply, and is payable to Budget directly.
    • Fee varies by location.
    *Drop charges are subject to change without notice.

Cancellation Policy

  • There will be no charge for cancellations made prior to pick-up date.


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