Car hire in Fort Lauderdale
Hiring a car in Fort Lauderdale
For a slower pace than Miami but the same weather, head to Fort Lauderdale in the USA. This city is a popular place for resort holidays due to the sunshine, access to Florida's attractions and the series of canals that add an element of Venice to its atmosphere. While you may have heard of Fort Lauderdale being referenced as the place to go for wild spring breaks, the city is actually a lot more sophisticated than that.
Here you'll find great golden sand beaches, seaside promenades, classy cocktail bars and brilliant restaurants. Rather than loud nightclubs, you're more likely to come across a trendy jazz spot or live musician at a cosy cafe. You can make the most of the variety of watersports available on the coast or travel inland for some shopping.
Whatever you choose to do in Fort Lauderdale, car hire can help you see as much as possible of this beautiful area.
What you need to know
Hiring a car in Fort Lauderdale really couldn't be any simpler. You've got nine different car hire companies to choose from once you arrive, offering more than 100 different vehicles. This will ensure you can find the right car to suit your needs and get it at a good price.
Using our booking tool lets you see all your options clearly without any hidden costs or nasty surprises. We give you free amendments and cancellation as standard, as well as around the clock support should you need help with your booking. This is why we are the first-stop choice for millions of people hiring cars all over the world each year.
Where to pick up your car
No one likes having to wait around for hotel transfers after a long flight, which is why it's a good idea to arrange to collect your hire car from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Simply pick up your luggage and head to the arrivals hall to find the car hire desks.
A number of companies allow you to pick your car up at the airport while others will provide a free shuttle bus service to their collection location. Either way, you'll be on your way in no time.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
As soon as you have your car, you can begin to explore the stunning city of Fort Lauderdale. Relax on the seemingly endless beach and cool off in the crystal clear water or hit the golf green to play a few rounds. You can head to any of the museums or historic sites to learn more about the city or brave the alligators by taking a trip to the Everglades.
Whatever you choose to do with your time in Fort Lauderdale, you can be sure that hiring a car will enable you to get around easily and enjoy a greater level of freedom than public transport allows.
Nearby Fort Lauderdale
If you fancy getting up close and personal - or at least a safe distance away from - some of the oldest inhabitants of Florida, you should take a trip to the Everglades Holiday Park. The park is only half an hour away from the centre of the city via the I-595 W and offers the opportunity for you to see some alligators in their natural habitat. Head into the Everglades on an airboat and learn about these fascinating reptiles at a 'gator show.
A short ten-minute drive - so long as you don't encounter traffic - will take you to the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. This gorgeous park was a gift from Hugh Taylor Birch to the people of Florida and provides a great day out for the whole family. Here you'll find cycling paths, lagoons, canoe hire opportunities and the Birch House Museum. If you fancy getting away from crowds of people, this is the place to go.
Fans of theme parks may be willing to put in the three hours to take you to either Walt Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando Resort. Both are reasonably close together so you'll have your pick, however, it's unlikely you'll be able to explore both parks in one day. The drive may take a while, but you're sure to have a blast no matter which theme park you go to.
If you want to take a trip to Miami, you really need to head to Miami Beach. The main destination for tourists is located on an island that is connected to mainland Miami by bridges, offering great views of the city and the ocean. This beach is really beautiful while the town offers trendy restaurants and bars close to the sand.
Top attractions to visit in Fort Lauderdale
A trip to Fort Lauderdale will give you so many options in terms of things to do so ensure you can fit as much into your time in the city as possible by arranging a hire car through Holiday Autos.
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Probably the biggest attraction in the city, Fort Lauderdale Beach is located in the middle of the tourist area. The long sweeping swathe of sand is backed by a pedestrian walk that is overshadowed by palm trees. You can try your hand at several watersports or simply swim in the blue water. Shops, bars and restaurants aren't far away so it is easy to spend a day here.
To take in some of the history of the area, take a short drive to Bonnet house. A designated Fort Lauderdale landmark, the house has a great museum that features historical exhibitions, as well as art. The gardens are also incredibly beautiful and are perfect for a walk on a sunny day.
Antique Car Museum
Car lovers can't miss out on going to Fort Lauderdale's Antique Car Museum. This museum looks at the history of the Packard Motor Company and features some stunning pre-war automobiles. There is a huge range of exhibitions so be prepared to spend a few hours here.