USCG Station Fort Lauderdale
7000 N. Ocean Dr., Dania, FL 33004
In Fort Lauderdale, the summers are long, hot, oppressive, wet, and mostly cloudy and the winters are short, comfortable, humid, windy, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 61°F to 89°F and is rarely below 47°F or above 92°F.
The hot season lasts for 4.0 months, from June 1 to October 1, with an average daily high temperature above 87°F. The hottest day of the year is August 8, with an average high of 89°F and low of 79°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.0 months, from December 7 to March 5, with an average daily high temperature below 78°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 61°F and high of 75°F.
The wetter season lasts 4.6 months, from May 23 to October 12, with a greater than 39% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 63% on June 20.
The drier season lasts 7.4 months, from October 12 to May 23. The smallest chance of a wet day is 16% on December 9.
Cost of Living
Compared to the state average of Florida the cost of living index in Fort Lauderdale, FL is 114, which is 15% higher than the average in Florida and compared to the national average it is 14% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Fort Lauderdale, FL goods and services come in at 4% higher than the average in Florida and are 3% higher than compared to the nationwide average.
Getting to Know the Area
Fort Lauderdale is a city on Florida’s southeastern coast, known for its beaches and boating canals. The Strip is a promenade running along oceanside highway A1A. It’s lined with upscale outdoor restaurants, bars, boutiques and luxury hotels. Other attractions include the International Swimming Hall of Fame, with pools and a museum of memorabilia, and Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, featuring trails and a lagoon.
Amidst the exotic Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean’s endless waves are a plethora of things to do in Greater Fort Lauderdale. From Blue Wave Beaches to big city entertainment, Greater Fort Lauderdale has all the relaxation and recreation you’ve been looking for.
Fort Lauderdale is Broward County’s secret weapon when it comes to duking it out against Miami; it’s like Miami’s younger, cheaper and slightly less gentrified cousin. The city’s Las Olas area has acted as a model for other city’s downtown districts for years, including Hollywood and Boca Raton. And newer areas like FATVillage are quickly gaining traction for Art Walks and block parties. Whether at a great coffee or eclectic restaurant, while sipping locally brewed beer, splashing waterside, exploring niche museums or relaxing at one of the area’s best hotels, this city holds its own. If you find yourself in “Laudy”, here are the quintessential things to do. This list is curated, as always, but isn’t ranked—we just couldn’t choose favorites.
Tucked away behind some unassuming vacant buildings is a hidden little world on Northeast 13th Avenue. The Yard is a colorful patio and garden space where visitors can grab a coffee, savor a French crepe, thrift through antique stores and get a new outfit. The co-op space houses The Alchemist—where you can get a wicked cold brew featuring brown sugar and condensed milk—as well as Voo La Voo Café and La Frutera Garden Bar for food and drinks. Lola’s Market is open on the weekends slinging local products like handmade soaps and fresh flowers. And Tuesday through Sunday, visitors can walk through Marisa Folz’s refurbished chrome Airstream and shop a curated collection of trendy clothes and accessories at The Wander Shop.
In the heart of Wilton Manors is a sassy specialty ice cream boutique preparing small batches of flavors from bourbon-infused sweet cream to a vegan strawberry ice cream with jasmine tea-soaked berries—plus options for vegans and dogs. But the flavor that steals the show every time is “He’s Not Worth It:” a mix of vanilla toffee, Oreo, house-made caramel and more, which creates somewhat of a Snickers flavor. The four-year-old shop has a long list of rotating flavors and an even longer list of toppings, including moscato wine-soaked pineapples and jalapeno sauce. Pro tip: Get your scoops nachos style, served with cinnamon chips and tons of toppings.
A novelty most of us never got to experience when it was at its height, weekly drive-ins are in again at the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop—a flea market on steroids with over 2,000 vendors—which hosts weekly drive-in versions of current blockbusters for under $10 per person. Bring your own snacks or buy the standards on site (nachos, hot dogs, burgers). You can even flip your hazards and a stocked-up golf cart will head your way with concessions. Arrive early for a primo spot and catch a sunset before the movie starts; just don’t forget to turn your headlights off.
Head north from Fort Lauderdale Beach Park or east on Las Olas Boulevard and you’ll find Las Olas Beach, a small stretch of sand that attracts beachgoers of all ages. Beach amenities are not as plentiful as those offered at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park; however, visitors have access to beach chair and water sports equipment rentals, restrooms and metered parking. Restaurants, bars and shops are also available across the street.