With nearly 4 million passengers coming through Port Everglades each year, Greater Fort Lauderdale’s cruise port is one of the most bustling on the globe. And—surprise—isn’t actually out west in the Everglades. Located two miles from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and less than a mile from Fort Lauderdale beach and Dania Beach, it’s easy—and quick—to get to and from the port, especially since several hotels across Greater Fort Lauderdale offer shuttle service and cruise port transfers.
If you’re staying by the airport, the new 102-room Comfort Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport and Cruise Port in Dania offers complimentary airport shuttles and a shuttle to the port. Candlewood Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise is just 2 miles from Port Everglades and offers a shuttle service for $8. Off of I-95 by the Tri-Rail station, the Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port provides free transfers to the nearby cruise port located just a few minutes away.
Those staying at Four Points by Sheraton Fort Lauderdale/Cruise Port, meanwhile, are a short drive from the airport, Las Olas Beach, the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, and the cruise port, and the hotel provides shuttle service for a small fee. Half a mile from the port, Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port is near attractions like NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, home to permanent collections of more than 6,000 pieces—including the largest collection of work in the country by American painter William Glackens—and the interactive Museum of Discovery & Science.
If you want to be in the midst of the nightlife in Las Olas or LGBT+-friendly Wilton Manors, Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale/Downtown Las Olas Area is centrally located and within walking distance of Las Olas’ many museums, theaters, restaurants, and bars—as well as The Wharf Fort Lauderdale open-air event space, which unfolds along the banks of the New River.
Over in Marina Bay on New River, newer hotels like nautical-inspired TRYP by Wyndham Maritime Fort Lauderdale feel like a mini oasis in the city (there’s even a koi pond) but is just a short shuttle ride away from Port Everglades. For something on the more upscale side, the new Le Méridien Dania Beach at Fort Lauderdale Airport features 245 guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city’s skylines—plus a dynamic dining scene helmed by chef Richard Sandoval’s TORO Latin Kitchen restaurant and the La Biblioteca de Tequila Bar lounge and library.