The largest in-water boat show, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2023, is set to take place shortly, from October 25 to 29. For yachting enthusiasts, the Florida-based show represents the ideal event to explore the latest selection of superyachts and learn about industry trends.
Beyond the yacht show, there’s plenty to keep attendees busy. Fort Lauderdale is a vibrant US coastal city known for its stunning beaches, upscale restaurants, designer boutiques, museums, luxury hotels, and attractions. Read on to learn about some of the best things to do in Fort Lauderdale during FLIBS.
Things to do in Fort Lauderdale during FLIBS 2023
Fort Lauderdale is famed for its vast white-sand beaches lapped by the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Many beaches in Fort Lauderdale are well-equipped with a good range of amenities, offering beachgoers everything they could need for a day under the Florida sun. Some of the best beaches include Hillsboro Beach, Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, which boasts a pristine coral reef just a short swim from shore.
Charter a yacht
There is no question that the best way to explore everything that Fort Lauderdale and the wider area offer is to charter a luxury yacht, enabling you to effortlessly explore all the hidden gems of this sun-drenched destination. The best way to charter a yacht is to contact a reputable yacht brokerage. The best brokerages boast an enviable selection of luxury boats for charter in Fort Lauderdale and will be able to craft a tailored itinerary that precisely meets your needs.
Fort Lauderdale and the wider South Florida area are known for the Everglades, a national park that spans some 1.5 million acres. This protected ecosystem consists of a vast subtropical wilderness with huge swathes of coastal mangroves, pine flatwoods, freshwater ponds, and sawgrass marshes.
The park is home to hundreds of animal species, including the endangered leatherback turtle, the Florida panther, the West Indian manatee, and thousands of alligators and crocodiles.
The best way to experience the Everglades is on a guided tour aboard an Airboat safari, a thrilling boat ride through the waterways of the Everglades. If you’re seeking a break from the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show and wish to reconnect with nature, then the Everglades is a must-visit.
Fort Lauderdale is a superb destination for up-scale shopping, including local boutiques and big-name designer brands.
Las Olas is the prime up-scale shopping area, a picturesque boulevard lined with high-end boutiques, jewelers, antique stores, art galleries, and leading yacht brokerages. Enjoy a day browsing the many shops punctuated by refined coffee shops and eateries.
Despite its current iteration as a modern metropolis, Fort Lauderdale is home to several historic houses that hark back to a bygone era, and are well worth visiting during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Stranahan House is a historically significant wood-frame vernacular structure that dates back to 1901 and is Fort Lauderdale’s oldest surviving home. Scheduled tours offer fascinating insights into the story of the house, the family that lived in it, and the birth of Fort Lauderdale. Other historic homes worth visiting include Bonnet House, a bright and airy plantation-style building that dates back to 1920.
Fort Lauderdale and the wider Miami area are increasingly making a name for themselves as a gourmet destination, and, as such, there’s a superb selection of award-winning restaurants to choose from, including several that boast Michelin stars. Notable dining destinations that are well worth making reservations for are Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Cote Miami, Stubborn Seed, Boia De, Le Jardinier Miami, Hiden, and Los Felix.
After a few busy days exploring the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2023, why not relax your mind and body with a restorative spa treatment? One of the most lavish spas can be found at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale. This luxury, ocean-inspired retreat spans over 8,000 square feet and offers a wonderful selection of treatments, including pampering body therapies, massages, and facials.
If you’re attending FLIBS 2023, don’t forget to add some of the above things to do in Fort Lauderdale to your yacht show itinerary.
Author: Joanna Lewis
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