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Fort Lauderdale is a major city located in south east Florida along the Atlantic Ocean coastline approximately 30 miles north of Miami. It gained its name from the many forts that were built during the Seminole war after the very first one constructed under the command of Major William Lauderdale.
Fort Lauderdale attracts over 10 million visitors a year. As a popular visitor location the city is a prominent yachting centre with over 42000 yachts moored in its many boatyards and marinas. Like the rest of southern Florida Fort Lauderdale benefits from tropical climate conditions. May to October sees temperature highs of 32 C with lows of around 24 C, and periodic thunderstorms are a feature of this time of year. November to April are pleasantly warm and dry with highs of 28 C and lows of 19 C.
Like many Floridian locations Fort Lauderdale relies heavily on tourism and attracts a high number of affluent tourists especially from the many cruise ships that frequent its ports. In the last 10 years several new hotels have been built as well as condominiums in support of the 10 million visitors that frequent Fort Lauderdale each year.
In addition to Fort Lauderdale’s beaches and abundant nightlife there are a number of other places of interest worth a visit:-
The International Swimming Hall of Fame is located at the beach front and captures the achievements of swimmers who have excelled in the categories of competition, diving, open swimming, water polo and diving.
The Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop is a 14 screen drive in cinema doubling up as the largest daily flea market in the world and receiving approximately 12 million visitors each year.
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is located on East Sunrise Boulevard and is open between 8 A. M. and sunset each day of the year. The park includes a variety of wildlife including the gopher tortoise, indigo snake, turtle, squirrels, rabbits as well as many varieties of bird life. A number of fun activities are also available including cycling, canoeing, swimming, fishing, camping, Segway tours and many more.
In addition to tourism Fort Lauderdale is also a major production and servicing area for yachts and the yachting industry supporting over 100, 000 jobs in related businesses. Each year it hosts an International boat show that attracts more than 125, 000 visitors again helping to support hotel, restaurant and night club businesses. Some large household names that also have significant offices in the area are Citrix, DHL, American Express and Motorola.
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