Miami International Airport, which services scores or domestic and international carriers, is only about seven miles from downtown Miami and roughly ten miles from its beaches, making it a convenient way to reach South Florida. The trouble is, as one of the world’s busiest and most chaotic airports—it’s always crowded and usually under construction in one form or another—flying into MIA is usually a pain. Regular visitors opt instead for Fort Lauderdale’s Hollywood International Airport, then make the half-hour drive down to South Beach.
Although most visitors to Miami and SoBe give little thought to Fort Lauderdale, the savviest of travelers know that the Venice of America, as it is called (because of the system of canal which crisscross the city), is much more than just an alternative route into the Magic City. With sophisticated eateries, stylish hotels, shopping bargains and more than 20 miles of beaches, Fort Lauderdale has emerged as an alluring destination in its own right.