Car Rental in Fort Lauderdale
The coastal city of Fort Lauderdale is a fantastic beach getaway if you want to escape from it all. With its vibrant beaches, cafés and restaurants around The Strip complemented by the boutique stores of Las Olas and the many exciting water sports and outdoor activities in the area, there’s something for everyone in Fort Lauderdale. Renting a car is the ideal way to get around the city and also explore some of the attractions in the wider Florida area.
Where to rent a car in Fort Lauderdale
Plenty of international car rental companies are available directly at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport including Avis, Alamo, Hertz, Thrifty and Dollar amongst many more local providers. All companies are housed at the Rental Car Center which is situated next door to Terminal 1. It is within walking distance of Terminal 1 and linked to Terminals 2, 3 and 4 via a complimentary shuttle bus. Most companies also have offices situated in Fort Lauderdale itself, often offering cheaper rates compared to the airport.
Driving in Fort Lauderdale
The optimum way to get around Fort Lauderdale is by car as the city’s public transport system is rather limited. The city and its suburbs are organized in a grid system which makes it a lot easier to find your way around, although you may want to get a satnav unit if you plan on exploring the wider Florida region. Car rental is particularly popular in Florida as many of the state’s attractions are spread out and will require your own vehicle to get to. In general the quality of the roads in the city are very good and the highways across Florida are also excellent. Traffic won’t usually be a problem, although over the peak travel season (Winter-Spring) the roads will get a lot busier.
Parking in Fort Lauderdale
Fortunately for vehicle drivers, Fort Lauderdale is noted as one of the best places in the United States for parking so you will be well catered for during your stay. An extensive number of parking lots and garages are available across the city which will usually cost around 5 AED per hour (with many imposing a maximum four-hour stay), while street parking spaces cost a similar amount and will also come with a four-hour limit. You can pay for your parking at the meter or via your phone for your convenience. It is also worth checking with your hotel to see whether they have available parking.
Where to go around Fort Lauderdale
Besides the lively beachfront and strip, Fort Lauderdale offers plenty more for travelers including world-class shopping malls and late-night bars. The famous nightlife and energy of Miami is only a 45-minute drive south of Fort Lauderdale which makes it easy for a day trip. The UNESCO-listed Everglades National Park is well within driving distance of Fort Lauderdale and offers an enchanting insight into the wild, natural landscape of Florida. If you are up for the three-hour drive you can even head north to the city of Orlando and visit the region’s world-class theme parks.
* This information is correct as of December 2018