Fort Lauderdale is an easy to navigate city, but there are some things about the airports and the streets that you should know before visiting. So we put together a brief list of the five important things every visitor to Fort Lauderdale should know about getting around.
1. Follow the Signs to Baggage Claim Even if You Don’t Have a Bag
FLL is an easy-to-navigate airport with plenty of signage directing passengers from the terminal to baggage claim. However, a common mistake made by those with just carry-on luggage is to exit on the Departures level. Regardless of whether you need to visit Baggage Claim, go downstairs to find the Arrivals area. If you exit the airport on the second floor you will be in the departure area.
2. Ride Sharing Services Are Not Always Available
Ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are in a constant state of flux in Broward County, where Fort Lauderdale is located. As of this writing, Uber and Lyft are both legal, but make sure to double check their availability.
3. Rent a Car Or Take a Cab
With public transportation not being the most reliable or efficient, a visitor’s best bet is to take a cab if not renting a car. Be aware that rides from the airport will have a base fee included.
4. Beware of the Traffic
South Florida is fairly easy to navigate, with it being laid out in a grid system for the most part – avenues run north-south and streets run east-west. Traffic is some of the worst in the nation during rush hour in the mornings and the evenings. Afternoons are a bit of a mixed bag, so make sure to check Waze or your favorite navigation app. Depending on where your hotel is, visitors may be able to walk to restaurants, grocery stores, and convenience stores.
5. Hotels Typically Offer Shuttle Services
Being a tourist destination, many hotels and major airports – Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL), Palm Beach International (PBI), and Miami International Airport (MIA) – have coordinated shuttles to make it easy for visitors to get from one place to the next. Check with your hotel to see if they offer a complimentary ride.
Here are a few hotels close to Port Everglades:
Hyatt Regency Pier 66
With 384 rooms and suites, this large luxury hotel is located in Fort Lauderdale Beach with full amenities for guests. This includes a business center, swimming pools, Spa 66, and multiple restaurants and bars. While a courtesy shuttle is not available at the hotel, the port is only 1 mile south of the hotel and can be reached quickly by taxi.
2301 SE 17th St. in Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-6666, pier66.hyatt.com
Rate: $200 and up
Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale
This hotel offers a fitness room, swimming pool, laundry, and dining at the E Spot Restaurant. As with all Embassy Suites locations, a free happy hour with snacks is offered every evening. Just 2 miles from the port, guests can get back to the ship quickly by cab, which would be cheaper than taking the shuttle.
1100 SE 17th St. in Fort Lauderdale, 954-527-2700
Rate: $150 and up
Holiday Inn Express Fort Lauderdale Cruise-Airport
For simplicity and a place to rest your head, the Holiday Express meets guests’ needs. This small, 78-room hotel is just a block away from the cruise ships and only a few miles from the Fort Lauderdale airport -- the hotel provides a free shuttle to the latter 24 hours a day. Free wireless internet is available for all guests and a small business center is convenient for getting work done.
1500 SE 17th St. in Fort Lauderdale, 954-728-2577, ihg.com
Rate: $150 and up