January - April
Locals consider this the best time of the year weather-wise. There’s very little rain and temperatures average in the 70s. Enough spring-breakers still converge here during March and April to make for crowded beaches and congested boardwalks on weekends; however, in recent years other destinations have taken some of the onus off of South Florida, so it’s not as crazy as it used to be. If you come, bring swimwear, shorts, comfortable walking shoes, “resort casual” clothing to wear to dinner, plus a light- and a medium-weight sweater or two. There are occasional cold snaps that can plunge temps all the way down to the 40s (we know, tough life) for a day or two.
May - September
Summertime is always steamy and, recently, more so than ever. That doesn’t stop residents from turning out in herds for nighttime revelry at parks, bars and restaurants. And it doesn’t stop savvy travelers from taking advantage of summer rates at hotels and restaurants; pools, the beach and round-the-clock air conditioning relieve the suffering. Pack swimwear, plenty of sunscreen, a good sun hat, lightweight sundresses, gauze tops and lightweight pants and shorts for evening. The official hurricane season is June to November, with the largest number of named storms in August and September.
October - December
The last two months of hurricane season start out screaming hot, with temps gradually cooling down to between about 62 and 77 degrees by December. Activity picks up here this time of year, as the much-anticipated Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival takes place mid-October to mid-November and attracts major films and A-list actors. In late October or early November, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is a big draw that comprises a week of nonstop parties and boating-related events throughout the city, and in December, Christmas on Las Olas and the Winterfest Boat Parade are not to be missed.