Fort Lauderdale has matured from a destination for spring-breakers to a major manufacturing, maintenance and recreation center for boaters.

Long a hot spot for cruise ships and mega-yachts, marinas have kept up with the transition and offer some of the best equipped and cleanest marinas on the coast. Known as the “Yachting Capital of the World”, it is only fitting to host the largest boat show on the east coast.

Its hundreds of top restaurants, sophisticated streets such as Las Olas Boulevard, and 165-miles of local waterways and canals have earned it the nickname the Venice of America. Just two miles north of Port Everglades, you can experience a the Riverwalk, a landscaped beachfront promenade, with its signature white wave wall and brick paved path.

Auto enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum, which has a Packard from every year they were manufactured.