Fort Lauderdale has several nicknames, including “The Venice of America” and “The Yachting Capital of America.” They are well-deserved, as no other location in the United States is more committed to the yachting lifestyle, or more filled with charter yachts awaiting clients from around the world. Waterfront mansions line canals that crisscross and flow to the sea, making Fort Lauderdale the kind of place where a front-yard dock is a must. You will see everything from 50-foot Sea Rays to 150-foot Feadships docked in front of mansions here, all just minutes away from cruising out to the Atlantic Ocean and the fun that lies to the south in Miami and the Florida Keys.

When to go

November - June

High season

Mid December - mid April

While Miami Beach is the hotspot for seeing and being seen, the Florida Keys are the yachting playground of South Florida, continuing down and around the bottom of the mainland. The Northern Keys include Key Largo and Islamorada, known for good scuba diving and outstanding fishing. The Middle Keys are less populated, known for quieter cruising and ultimate relaxation. The Lower Keys are where you’ll find Key West, home of the famous “green flash” at sunset and the “Duval Crawl” among the bars and restaurants within walking distance from the waterfront.