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Planning Your Trip

Sunny days at the beach and evening cocktails cooled by an Atlantic breeze are nearly guaranteed experiences for every weekend getaway to Fort Lauderdale. Be sure to pack these commonly forgotten items.

Resort Pool
Resort Pool
What to Pack

If you are going to The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale for business, the resort’s conference area has a one-of-a-kind terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean for outdoor cocktail parties and a grand ballroom with a stunning ocean-view foyer and a reception space that fits 520 guests.

Summer Escape

Summer days in Fort Lauderdale can get hot, but the cool breeze off the Atlantic will keep you from heading indoors. Bring these essentials to make the most of your time around the pool, on the beach or out in the big, wide ocean.

Women should bring an extra-long scarf that can work two shifts as a wrap skirt at the pool by day and a light shoulder cover-up at night.

Sturdy, waterproof sandals for every member of the family are a must-pack; you never know when you might want to swap beach days for boat days.

A waterproof beach bag (or pouch within) is vital to keep e-readers and tablets safe from unexpected ocean swells or rain showers.

Weekend Getaway

This fabulous corner of Florida is the perfect spot to spend a weekend exploring. The adorable boutiques and open-air cafés will be waiting with open arms. Here’s what to throw in your weekender bag.

Comfy tennis shoes for biking since #RCMemories bicycles are a part of your reservation and there are plenty of boutiques and restaurants to explore right outside the resort on Las Olas Boulevard.

Bring a lightweight tote that you can bring along on a bike excursion to carry your purchases — some boutiques offer discounts to shoppers who don’t ask for a bag.

Consider a mosquito-repellent scarf — companies like Ex Officio and Orvis offer stylish options, which are useful whenever you travel to warm climates.

Evening Chic

Hitting the town is an essential part of any South Florida vacation. The nightlife runs the gamut from 5-star restaurants to excellent music venues. Make sure you are part of the hip set by packing these essentials.

South Florida is known for its nightlife, but there’s no official dress code. For women, beach dresses and shorts can go from day to night with added accessories.

Wedge and platform sandals can do double duty at the pool during the day, then out on the dance floor after the sun sets.

If you’re a man packing a coat or fitted dress shirt for dinners out, know that Floridians love cuff links with personality, e.g., with a favorite sports team or band.

Burlock Coast
Burlock Coast
What to Reserve

An ocean-view dinner at Burlock Coast restaurant, a spa experience inspired by the sea and a private poolside cabana are among the must-reserve experiences for a romantic getaway in Fort Lauderdale.

Ritz Carlton Hotel image
Ritz Carlton Hotel image

For a weekend getaway or an overdue escape with friends; Fort Lauderdale offers the ideal destination for sunshine, adventure and relaxation. The hotel’s experts have curated itineraries to help you make the most of your visit