How to select the perfect vacation rental in Fort Lauderdale, FL
When Fort Lauderdale underwent its recent local and culinary renaissance, it put Miami on notice. Known as the “Venice of America,” its 300 miles of inland waterways were created by engineer Charles Rhodes by dredging mangrove swamps after studying the parallel canal system of Venice. From these signature rows of palm tree and mansion lined Isles along the inland waterways, to the quaint spanish bungalows in Rio Vista – the perfect Fort Lauderdale vacation rental is waiting for you!
Follow these tips to make sure you pick the perfect Fort Lauderdale vacation rental for your travel plans.
- Where to stay when visiting The IslesThe Isles can be found heading east on Las Olas Boulevard and are situated between downtown and the beach. You will know you have arrived by the immaculate rows of palm trees, inter-spliced with canal waterways in perfect symmetrical fashion. There are six different areas in the Isles, with Las Olas Boulevard dividing them straight down the middle. On the north side of the boulevard are Venice Isles, Nurmi Isles, and Seven Isles. On the south side of the boulevard are Las Olas Isles, Riviera Isles, and Idlewyld. For waterfront condo and townhouse vacation rental properties, look at Venice and Nurmi Isles. For waterfront home vacation rental properties, look in Idlewyld, the Seven, or Las Olas Isles. To have the ultimate Fort Lauderdale experience, find a luxurious waterfront home vacation rental property in the secluded Riviera Isles.
- Where to stay for The Tortuga Music FestivalRecently named the Academy of Country Music’s Festival of the Year, The Tortuga Music Festival turns Fort Lauderdale Beach Park into a honky tonk for three days every April. Over 100,000 visitors from all over the world come for the mile long beach takeover, and see country music’s finest perform against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. Apartment and condo high rises are located all along Florida State Road A1A and Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard for a vacation rental property to keep close to the action. For pre or post concert entertainment, fans can enjoy the bustling environment of Barrier Island and along Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard.
- Where to stay for International Boat Show in Fort LauderdaleThe Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show has brought of the world’s most affluent yachting and luxury boat lovers to its marinas for more than 60 years. Visitors coming to soak up sun and sites in “Yachting Capital of the World” can search for beachfront condos and apartments along Seabreeze Boulevard, or there are options along the inland waterways that might require a quick water taxi ride to get to the Boat Show. The Lauderdale Harbors, especially Harbor Beach, are by far the most exclusive areas in the Isles. If a vacation rental property is available in Harbor Beach, book for views not open to the public, as access to and from is restricted to one gated road. For those looking to getting their fill of the beach and the water during the day, the Rio Vista neighborhood provides a more serene option. Stay along the Tarpon River with spanish bungalows and small wooden cabins, and do not miss Valentino Cucina Italiana.
- Where to stay for Las Olas Wine & Food FestivalThe festival takes place on Las Olas Boulevard, central to the Colee Hammock neighborhood. Here you’ll find fashion boutiques, jewelry stores, art galleries, and multiple restaurants that put Fort Lauderdale on the culinary map. If you’ve had your fill of Las Olas Boulevard, go for a stroll along the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, and if you have time, enjoy their Sunday jazz brunch. This area sports vintage condos and apartments, large mansions on small lots, and 70 year old homes restored to their former glory, thanks to this historic area’s recent renaissance. Look for vacation rental properties around E Broward Boulevard, Colee Hammock Park, and of course, Las Olas Boulevard.
- How to choose your own Fort Lauderdale vacation rental experienceFor those looking for historical neighborhoods with modern attractions, find a 70-year-old renovated Victorian home in Victor Park, before strolling to The Foxy Brown for brunch. For those seeking a small town feel with galleries, fine dining, and the occasional party, look for an apartment or condo along Las Olas Boulevard in Colee Hammock. For those wanting an excursion-filled, jet ski roaring, pirate cruising, dolphin spotting, non stop beach bumming, margarita-filled vacation, look no further than the high rises of condos along Sea Breeze Boulevard and Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. For those wanting something in the middle, stay in the middle by finding a rental home in the Isles. No matter what neighborhood, everything you want to do and see is a short water taxi ride away.