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Say Hello to Sunny with Fort Lauderdale's Tourism Guide

By Kelly Church

There may not be a utopia, but for one lifelong Florida resident, Fort Lauderdale is the next best thing. As one of the largest cities in the state and a popular tourist destination, Fort Lauderdale sits seaside in the southeastern portion of the state. With an average year-round temperature of 77 degrees, the city draws people to visit all year and through Sunny.org, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau's official website, tourists can plan their visit with ease.

Sunny.org is a hub for Fort Lauderdale information. Visitors, and locals, can book hotels, find events, search restaurants, plan a wedding and even find local "LauderDEALS." The interactive map of the city can help any Fort Lauderdale newbie make their way around the city without a problem. The live beach cam on the homepage makes it easy for surfers and beachgoers to guarantee the perfect beach day.

"Definite must-sees include Las Olas Boulevard and the beaches," says the lifelong Fort Lauderdale resident. "There are eight beaches that make up 23 miles of coastline and each beach has its own personality. The ocean breezes keep things balmy in the summer, and of course, wearing shorts in January is a guilty-pleasure feeling that never gets old."

The same resident says the city has a growing food culture, with 3,500 restaurants in what locals call the Greater 'Fork' Lauderdale. September through mid-October is the annual Dine Out Lauderdale restaurant month, a great way for local community and visitors to try new, high-end restaurants in the area.

However, what locals and newcomers to Fort Lauderdale all seem to love: the diversity of the city. Known for having a strong LGBTQ culture, there are many festivals and events throughout the year proudly supporting the LGBTQ community. In addition, there are multicultural events, celebrating residents from all over, including Europe and South America. During the winter, many Canadians make their way down to Fort Lauderdale to enjoy the warmer weather.

"There is no stereotypical demographic here, but rather a common appreciation for an amazing lifestyle," says one new Florida resident. "Gay or straight, young or young at heart, what I love about Fort Lauderdale is the appeal it has to so many different kinds of people. When you are in Fort Lauderdale, you are just happy to be here- whether you are a visitor, an employee or a resident and it reflects in the way people treat each other."

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