GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla- Known as the “Venice of America” with 300+ miles of navigable waterways and interweaving canals, Greater Fort Lauderdale is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. This ultimate oasis for couples is an always-inclusive community welcoming all couples under the sun. You’ll find a selection of accommodations ranging from luxurious to laid back, along with waterway tours, fantastic dining options and endless activities to spice up any occasion from a weekend getaway, an extended escape, a special celebration or a date night out. You’re invited to explore some of the top choices for couples looking for a fairytale getaway in Greater Fort Lauderdale.

Where to Stay

Those seeking an incredible home away from home on a romantic getaway will be delighted to find a range of dreamy accommodations in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Relax and reconnect with that special someone in a sleek and spacious oceanfront suite at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, or lounge in ultra-lavish accommodations and take a dip in the heated infinity pool at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale. Or turn up the volume on your vacation experience at W Fort Lauderdale with Suite Sounds, your own personal live musical performance on the oceanfront balcony of your suite. It’s not too soon to start dreaming about and booking your stay at the elegant Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Fort Lauderdale opening in early 2022. Enjoy the services of your own beach butler or lounge by one of two horizon-edged pools on the Cote d’Azur-inspired third-floor Ocean Terrace.

For an upscale stay with serious options for entertainment right on the property, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood has lots of options including the luxurious guestrooms and suites at the Guitar Hotel, an architectural marvel shaped like a guitar reaching 450 feet into the sky. Spend a night (or day) with the hottest DJ’s and entertainment at DAER Nightclub/Dayclub or sit back and relax in the Bora Bora-inspired cabanas for an exclusive private lagoon experience complete with high-end amenities and personalized service.

Stay in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale at either the historic Riverside Hotel or the sleek and modern Hyatt Centric Las Olas. Enjoy leisurely walks together along Las Olas Boulevard – known as Fort Lauderdale’s style mile – during the day and an endless array of restaurants and bars in the evening.

For a relaxed, old-Florida style beach getaway, choose one of the cozy accommodations at Cottages by the Ocean, offering studios and one-bedroom cottages near the beach, restaurants, shops and the Fisher Family Pier in Pompano Beach.

What to Do

Exciting, one-of-a-kind experiences make it easy to keep the romance alive from day to night. For a truly memorable moment with your significant other, get out on the sparkling waterways that run throughout Greater Fort Lauderdale. Hop aboard an authentic Italian gondola with Las Olas Gondola tours or one of the electric gondolas from Riverfront Gondola Tours and pair your romantic excursion with dinner beforehand or onboard. You can charter a yacht and enjoy your own private cruise past luxurious mansions and picturesque marinas. Active couples can catch a scenic sunrise, sunset, or full moon paddleboard tour with Lauderdale Paddle Boards.

When it comes to onshore adventures for couples, there is no shortage of things to do.

Treat yourselves to an amazing spa treatment at one of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s luxury resorts or visit one of the area’s many top-rated freestanding spas, such as The Spa at Auberge Beach. Spend some quiet time in nature walking the boardwalk at the beautiful Fern Forest Nature Center. Book an intimate cooking class at TRP Taste and test your skills in the kitchen together, or stop for an evening drink with city views at rooftop bars like SparrowThe Easton and Rooftop

Where to Dine

A truly magical couples getaway requires unforgettable culinary experiences, and Greater Fort Lauderdale’s top-rated restaurants offer breathtaking views along with incredible cuisine from around the world. Those seeking guidance on where to dine can sign up for a walking tour of top dining spots along Fort Lauderdale’s downtown dining mecca, Las Olas Boulevard, with Craft Food Tours. Once you get a taste, you’ll want to venture out to discover the area’s many options.

You’ll wish lunch could last forever at the area’s many waterfront restaurants. Watch the boats and yachts cruise by while enjoying grouper sandwiches or fish tacos at 15th Street Fisheries or surf + turf skewers and other tasty small plates at Boathouse at the Riverside. You can’t beat brunch with a view at Shooters Waterfront on the Intracoastal Waterway. Outdoor waterfront lounge areas are perfect for lingering over the many sweet, savory and seafood options and bottomless drinks.

For an elegant night out, Casa D’Angelo provides an authentic Italian Tuscan-style meal and extensive wine list from every region around the world. Steak 954, located in the W Fort Lauderdale, offers an elevated luxury boutique steakhouse experience with beautiful beach views. At The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale Beach, Burlock Coast menu items include delicious fresh seafood and a rum-focused cocktail menu with ocean views. Additional top-tier restaurants within the area’s luxury hotels include the Japanese and Korean fusion spot Takato at the Conrad Hotel, tapas-focused Ocean2000 in the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, and many more.

From downtown Fort Lauderdale, plan a romantic escape to Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort with a ride on Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi’s Hollywood Express route from Thursdays through Sundays. Satisfy your need for frozen concoctions and cheeseburgers in paradise at the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill, or splurge with fine wines and an elegant dining experience at JWB Prime Steak and Seafood.

Foodies will find endless options for culinary adventures. Greater Fort Lauderdale is well known for its many Jamaican restaurants. Look for options like Jerk Machine in Lauderhill or Aunt I’s Jamaican Restaurant in Pembroke Pines. At Pirate Republic Seafood on the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, indulge in cuisine inspired by the owners’ 30 years of sailing around the world, including the Brazilian seafood moqueca dish featured on Guy Fieri’s Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Another foodie find featured on “Triple D” is Los Bocados in Parkland with authentic Mexican street food including tacos heralded as the best in South Florida. It recently moved out of its former home inside a gas station into its own restaurant space.


About Greater Fort Lauderdale
Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts an average year-round temperature of 77˚F and has 3,000+ hours of annual sunshine and is known as the Venice of America and Yachting Capital of the World. Explore 4,000+ eateries, 300+ miles of navigable waterways, eight distinct beaches, a thriving arts and culture scene, craft breweries, rooftop bars, diving, fishing and other outdoor adventures, world-class shopping and boats, yachts and superyachts moored at the area’s many marinas – all conveniently located in the center of South Florida. Made of up 31 municipalities, the destination boasts more than 37,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts and boutique properties, reflecting a cosmopolitan vibe. Upon arrival at FLL Airport (Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport), it is just five minutes to the beach, Port Everglades, the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center and downtown. Find trip planning inspiration at and follow @VisitLauderdale on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube.  


About Visit Lauderdale
Visit Lauderdale is the official destination marketing organization for Greater Fort Lauderdale and serves as the tourism department for Broward County, Florida. Visit Lauderdale promotes the area’s 31 municipalities to a global audience of leisure and business travelers as the ideal place for Everyone Under the Sun in recognition of the area’s diverse and welcoming vibe, and books conventions into the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center and area hotels and resorts. Find more information at  and follow @VisitLauderdale on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.