Is there any better Florida beach destination than Fort Lauderdale? We don't think so. More laid-back than Miami, and with 23 miles of sunkissed beach, Fort Lauderdale is perfect for a relaxing city break. Spend your days getting a tan, swimming, or taking part in watersports, and your evenings strolling along Hollywood Boulevard or catching a Florida Panthers hockey game. One of the most popular day trips in the Fort Lauderdale area is taking a boat ride in the Everglades, where you can zoom across the surface of the water on an airboat and spot alligators, deer, and numerous bird species. Alternatively, spot wildlife in a more sedate manner at Flamingo Gardens in Davie or Butterfly World at Coconut Creek. Stop in at The Galleria to shop for some gifts to take home, and end your visit to the Florida coast by heading to one of the bars in the Central Beach area – it's the perfect place to watch the sun set over the Atlantic.