Fort Lauderdale, on South Florida’s east coast, is less than an hour’s drive north of Miami. Its river and extensive canal system connect the Everglades with the Atlantic Ocean. On this settlement on the New River, the pace slows and it is easy to lose track of time here. Enjoy river cruising, wide sandy beaches, fine dining along the ocean and exploring subtropical gardens and parks. With year-round sunshine, Fort Lauderdale is a balmy holiday destination that offers an interesting mix of waterfront entertainment. The welcoming locals adore their “Lauderdale” and are known to embrace a more laid-back attitude than their southern neighbors in Miami. Most of them welcomed the transformation from a “Spring Break Central” for partying college students to the upscale resort city it is now. The times of “Fort Liquordale” are long gone, but don’t worry: You can still enjoy a drink here, with thousands of bars, restaurants, and clubs around. Being in the Sunshine State, you will see plenty of “snowbirds”, the local name for people who migrate down from the colder states to enjoy a winter on the beach. Thanks to this yearly tourism influx, luxury yachts line the marina and posh hotels and showy cars flash up the promenade. After a breakfast along the river, browse the boutique shops on Las Olas Boulevard or explore the banks of the New River downtown. For over 5,000 years these waters have provided natural resources for Native Americans and European settlers. Nowadays, tourists can jump on a watertaxi or do the Riverwalk, the city’s hub for history, arts and entertainment.