At some point, Fort Lauderdale morphed from being a quintessential spring-break party town to a luxury playground of the rich and famous. The waterways have a lot to do with that, and lazy Venice comparisons are somewhat inevitable. Behind the long, thin strip of land that boasts one of the best beaches in the United States, channels and rivers break out in all directions. Some seriously swish houses have been built alongside them, with even more outlandish yachts moored outside.
Happily bathed in the southern Florida sunshine, Fort Lauderdale is a good-time city that doesn’t unnecessarily challenge the grey cells or flex the cultural muscles. But it looks so good and lies back so happily that no one really cares.