Surprising Things about Fort Lauderdale
When you think of Florida, chances are that images of sunny beaches and oranges are in the picture. Brazilian students Monica Lauand and Thais Simerira Jacob, as well as Yrmgard Cosson of Spain, chose Florida to study English and attended TALK Fort Lauderdale. All three students agreed that the single biggest surprise for them about Fort Lauderdale was that it is subject to hurricanes. Hurricane Irma was shocking and scary. Monica says, “it was a bad experience for me.” Yrmgard, “…would not like to repeat it.” Thais said, “it seemed like the world was going to end.” I totally get it. The aftermath of hurricane Irma left people without power, stores without water, and gas stations without gas.
TALK Fort Lauderdale Students Share Most Surprising Things about the City
So yes, of course, the fact that the weather can devastate lives on that scale IS surprising. But…beyond the hurricane, there are some pleasantly surprising things about this beautiful city. Let’s take a look past hurricane Irma!
13 Odd, Interesting, and Surprising Things About Fort Lauderdale
- On the bright side—the city gets over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year.
- This urban center is FILLED with canals! Its nickname is the “Venice of America”.
- Fort Lauderdale is considered the western corner of the Bermuda Triangle.
- There are 23 MILES of beaches within the city’s limits.
- This port city is a gambling haven—the 3rd busiest betting locale in the US.
- There are 76 artificial reefs, making the area one of Florida’s most popular dive and snorkel destinations.
- There are more than 100 marinas, and 50,000 yachts—it should come as no surprise then that Fort Lauderdale is ALSO home to the largest international boat show in the USA. Fort Lauderdale is known as “The Yachting Capital of the World.”
- Fort Lauderdale has the most same-sex couples in any US city.
- Technically the climate is tropical rainforest.
- The annual precipitation is over 64”!
- It has snowed exactly once! January 19th, 1977.
- The Everglades is actually a river.
- Aboriginal natives originally settled what would become Fort Lauderdale more than 4,000 years ago
Fort Lauderdale is an amazing city. Historic, quirky, diverse, and filled with natural beauty. Mother Nature may have roared through in 2017, but this city of surprises will figure out how to not just survive, but thrive as they proved in the days immediately following the storm.