Why It's Worth It

Fort Lauderdale has graduated. The city still embraces its spring break days (dive bars are a dime a dozen), but this beach town is maturing into a vibrant arts and entertainment hub with museums on par with its flashier southern neighbor, Miami. While the Yachting Capital of the World is still heavy on nightlife, it’s serving local craft brews and stunning seafood stemming from a revitalized restaurant scene. —Lane Nieset