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6 reasons why you should go to Fort Lauderdale instead of Miami for your next trip

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When someone is looking to vacation in South Florida, they probably think of Miami first. That may soon change, however, because Fort Lauderdale is fast becoming the perfect South Florida destination.

view of the beach in las olas fort lauderdale

Here are six reasons why Fort Lauderdale should be your number one choice when booking your next vacation:

Cheaper accommodations that don’t skimp on luxury

I recently visited Fort Lauderdale and stayed at the phenomenal Hyatt Centric Las Olaswhich turned out to be the perfect place to call home while you explore the endless fun that Fort Lauderdale has to offer.

The hotel was designed to resemble a nautical theme, from the artwork to the floorboards, and the entire property had a very upscale, luxurious feel that was almost half the cost of similar hotels in Miami.

Interior view of las olas hotel
Image courtesy of: Hyatt Centric Las Olas

less crowded beaches

Miami Beach has been crowded for years, and while it’s still worth visiting, it may be too much for travelers looking for more peace and quiet.

By contrast, Fort Lauderdale Beach has everything you need and more without the hordes of people.

It’s a beautiful white-sand beach with warm but refreshing clear water, and there are plenty of food and drink options along the Fort Lauderdale boardwalk if you need a quick bite.

Pausing to cool off is quick and easy. You can head to the promenade, have a drink from one of the many bars and restaurants and then you can go back to the beach and enjoy the sun and waves.

Empty beach in Fort Lauderdale

More laid back vibes

Sometimes the hustle and bustle of Miami can be too much. If you’re like me, you may be looking for a beach destination that matches the chill vibes you’re looking for, and Fort Lauderdale is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy your vacation.

Still, while the city may be quiet, there is still something for every type of traveler to enjoy.

Fort Lauderdale is more than just a quiet beach. There are tons of options for nightlife, bars, art, culture, and cuisine, and most of these places have a laid-back tone that isn’t as easy to find in Miami.

One of the best places that screams. relaxed and relaxed is located right inside the Hyatt Centric Las Olas hotel, a speakeasy!

901 is a 1920s themed speakeasy where you can enjoy classic cocktails in a cozy and private setting, but don’t forget to book in advance!

@traveloffpath The Hyatt Centric Las Olas is the perfect place to explore Fort Lauderdale! . #hyatt #travel #Fort Lauderdale #Florida #summer #hyattcentric ♬ A tropical house that feels summer vibes – Roa

Easier to get around

One of my favorite things to look for when choosing a place to stay is the walkability factor of the hotel. I love being able to walk to great bars and restaurants and enjoy the scenery of the city.

Luckily, he Hyatt Centric Las Olas is within walking distance of local hotspots such as java and jam for brunch or Taqueria and Tequila Winery for amazing tacos and margaritas (which is right across the street from the Wharf Fort Lauderdale).

Even when your next place to visit is out of walking distance, there are so many public transportation options in Fort Lauderdale that it’s still easy to get around. My favorite to use was the free electric shuttle through Circuit (think about an upgraded golf cart that doles out free rides).

If you want to get around a little faster but still enjoy being outside, you should definitely take advantage of one of my favorite perks at the Hyatt Centric Las Olas: free bikes!

I loved biking through the palm trees and along the Riverwalk (which is right behind the Hyatt Centric Las Olas). We even biked to a yoga class in The Waves Yoga Studio from the hotel!

@traveloffpath Free bikes at Hyatt Centric Las Olas! . #hyatt #travel #cycling #Fort Lauderdale #Florida #summer ♬ It Feels Like Summer – Samuel Jack

Less populated overall

When we were biking around Fort Lauderdale, I could easily bike without worrying about running into pedestrians in most areas. Lots of super fun activities we did we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves.

Our group went to Chops and Hops Ax Throwing Lodge and we had a wonderful time without feeling overcrowded. We even went to make our own candles in land of candles right in the heart of Las Olas Boulevard, and we felt like we rented the entire place for a private experience.

Chops and Hops in Fort Lauderdale

Everything feels new and modern

It had been almost ten years since I was last in Fort Lauderdale. The city has been completely transformed. New luxury buildings have sprung up all over the city, but it still retains its laid-back charm.

For example, the Hyatt Centric Las Olas is newly built and opened in 2020.

Hyatt Centric Las Olas Exterior photo (1)

The building is beautifully modern with stunning nautical colours, fixtures and artwork, but more importantly, the food meets all the high standards of modern cuisine, even for vegetarians and vegans.

I have been to many hotels where the food was average at best and very expensive and I have always tried to eat out as much as possible to avoid hotel food. However, the food at Hyatt Centric Las Olas’ Harborwood Urban Kitchen and Bar is to die for.

The food was so good that I wanted to eat there as much as possible, even though there are so many amazing local restaurants within walking distance of the hotel! I highly recommend the Brioche French Toast with a Corn Flake Crust or the Avocado Toast with Poached Eggs for breakfast.

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