This post is part of our series about the best cities in the U.S. for young professionals.
Thinking about making a drastic move to better your career? You’re not alone. Once you realize what path you want to take, it’s natural to start thinking about finding the best place to start over new.
If you’re considering a move to the Sunshine State, you might be aware of the differences between regions of the state. Where you choose to settle in Florida will make the world of difference in the culture and community that surrounds you.
That’s why we’ve selected Fort Lauderdale as the best city in Florida for young professionals.
Why Fort Lauderdale?
Fort Lauderdale and the nearby Hollywood, Florida are everything you want Florida to be–warm, sunny, semi-relaxed, clean, and full of fun things to do. Real estate is on the upswing in the area, so you’ll have your pick of amazing condos, apartments, beautiful homes, and waterfront property at a fraction of the prices in nearby Miami.
Things to do
Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 24,000 local amenities, so there’s always something to do.
Museums and aquariums offer a relaxing and educational experience, but you may want to spend most of your leisure time on the beach. While Fort Lauderdale used to be a popular Spring Break destination, cities on the Florida panhandle (think Panama City Beach) are now taking over. That’s no problem for you–the fewer people on the beach, the better!
There is an active entrepreneur and young professional scene in Fort Lauderdale. The Chamber of Commerce is heavily involved in promoting and supporting local businesses, and a quick Google search turned up a score of meet ups and casual scheduled get-togethers for business owners and young professionals.
In a city with so many people, it’s easy to find someone to connect with and bounce ideas off!
Shopping is amazing in Fort Lauderdale. Because it’s close to the affluent Miami and South Beach areas, the thrift shops in Fort Lauderdale are bursting with hardly-worn designer clothes and indie fashion labels.
Serious shoppers will love The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, and those who like to stay off the beaten path can check out the thousands of trendy, local boutiques.
Fort Lauderdale has a lot to be proud of in the dining sector. The city is packed with food trucks, casual dining spots, fancy-schmancy restaurants, and some seriously amazing dessert places (the drive to Jaxson’s for ice cream in Hollywood, FL is definitely worth it).
You can taste the flavors of so many cultures–Greek, Ethiopian, Indian, Brazilian, Mexican, Tex-Mex, Italian–you name it, there’s a delicious place to get it in Fort Lauderdale.
Check out TripAdvisor for recommendations on the top Fort Lauderdale restaurants.