Many years ago, Fort Lauderdale had two distinct seasons – the tourist season and off-season. Luckily this is no longer the case. Of course, it’s true that more people flock to South Florida during the winter months as they are escaping from the harsh weather in more northerly climes.
But over the years, more and more travellers have realised the advantages that visiting Fort Lauderdale in the summer months can bring. One notable advantage is that it’s quieter! And that has huge benefits in itself. Restaurants can usually find you a table straight away, the beach is not as crowded, you won’t have to queue in long lines to visit the many attractions…
And there’s more – it’s often much cheaper to visit the area during the summer months. Knowing that it’s quieter in terms of travellers, many businesses offer deals and discounts for their summer guests. Many for these are excellent 2-for-1 deals – perfect for couples or two friends travelling togther.
Our lovely local tourist people collect all these wonderful deals and guests can download them as a PDF, receive a 2-for-1 card via the mail or have their card on their phones to show to receive these offers.
From scuba diving to restaurant deals, to spa specials and attraction admission prices – these deals can soon add up and save you a ton of money.
SOUTH FLORIDA SUMMER WEATHER
But isn’t the summer the rainy season? Isn’t it hot? True, in the past the summer has been typical of the sub-tropical rainy season. But as we all know, global warming is turning everything upside down in this regard. Yes, there is more rain in the summer months but that shouldn’t deter you.
Usually this means an hour or so of rain followed by the South Florida weather getting itself back to normal again! Plan for rainy spells – they are a great time to read your favourite books, visit a museum or cinema, be pampered in a spa or simply take a nap.
As for the heat, it’s normally only a few degrees hotter in the summer months than it is in the winter. Again, plan carefully. Don’t go to the beach in the middle of the day. (Think Mediterranean and have a siesta during the warmest hours). Take a leisurely lunch in an air-conditioned restaurant. Or shop in a gorgeous mall.
Some more tips:
- Make sure that your accommodation has good, cool central air-conditioning to keep you comfortable
- Use insect repellant to keep the bitey-things away
- Connect with each other indoors during the warmer hours. When was the last time you played cards? Or Scrabble? We’re so busy looking at screens these days that we forget how much fun these can be! Try them when it’s warm outside
- Or if you can’t do without your screen time (and I can’t) upload your vacation pics to social media, write a blog post or get up to date with your email – be sure to choose accommodation with a good internet connection
- Check the Fort Lauderdale Playbook – downloadable from sunny.org – to find out about what’s on locally
There’s so much to do in Fort Lauderdale whatever the weather.
WHERE TO STAY IN FORT LAUDERDALE
Most travellers today are not relying on faceless chain hotels for their accommodation. Thanks to the internet, we have far more scope and choice when it comes to where we stay when we travel. We can literally find the place that’s just right – and many of these are hidden gems.
Here’s the one I recommend to you!
Yes, it has:
- Lovely central air-conditioning that you, the guest, can control and set to whatever temperature you require
- Insect repellant supplied
- Compendium of board games, cards etc.
- Plenty of books
- Local and national magazines
- Fast internet
- Custom local guidebook
- Umbrellas supplied – sun and rain. Also beach chairs, boogie boards, cooler and more for when the sun does shine!
JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.