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4 Reasons to Live in Greater Fort Lauderdale

The fun is never done in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. 

By Livability on October 14, 2022

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Looking to move to the Greater Fort Lauderdale region? The opportunities are as endless as the beaches. Here are four reasons you should set up shop in this ocean oasis. 

Visitors take advantage of the wind and the waves while surfing in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Deerfield Beach is part of the Greater Fort Lauderdale area.
Jeff Adkins

1. Live Large on the Water

Water sports, the beach and boating are sort of a big deal here. Stroll the oceanfront promenade bordered by Fort Lauderdale’s iconic white-wave wall. Enjoy surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving and deep-sea fishing, all close at hand, or visit Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Fort Lauderdale’s “Central Park,” for paddling and wildlife watching.

This is the place to be if you dream of owning a boat. The “Yachting Capital of the World” boasts over 50,000 yachts and 300 miles of navigable waterways. No boat? No worries. You can charter one or hop on a sightseeing cruise. Even public transit is water-based, thanks to the Water Taxi and a free Riverwalk Water Trolley.

Those looking for luxury waterfront living have options, thanks to the dozens of canals interlacing the “Venice of America.”

2. This Place is Business (and Wallet!) Friendly

This region’s thriving economy includes approximately 200 corporate, regional and global business headquarters. And Florida has no state income tax, meaning more money in your pocket to enjoy the daily luxuries of life in Greater Fort Lauderdale.

Group of women gather around a booth at FATVillage Art Walk in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Jason Nuttle

3. Immerse Yourself in a Diverse Culture

The FATVillage Artwalk is a monthly destination (being held online while under construction) for art exhibits, artisan wares, music and murals. Nearby the MASS District offers indie stores, coffee shops and more murals. But in Fort Lauderdale, “local” can still mean international. Area residents speak over 100 languages.

4. Discover Your Style Here 

The “Style Mile,” Las Olas Boulevard, is famed for its shopping, sidewalk cafes and art galleries. At one end, find the weekly Farmers, Antiques and Artisan Market in Las Olas Oceanside Park. On the other, the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale showcases 6,000 works. 

The attractive campus of Nova Southeastern University is popular for its library featuring kids’ programs, exhibitions, a massive sculpture by Dale Chihuly and a prayer wheel blessed by the Dalai Lama. 

Bargain hunters will appreciate the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop, dubbed the “world’s largest daily flea market.”

If you’d like to learn more about the Greater Fort Lauderdale Region, check out the latest edition of Livability: Greater Fort Lauderdale

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