Las Olas is a neighborhood in downtown Fort Lauderdale that has been dubbed the Venice of America. New River is the city’s main attraction. From the beautiful yachts permeating the emerald green waters of the bay, past the fabulous developments dramatically rising along the scenic Intracoastal Waterway, it makes its way into the city’s heart, marked by its historic past and artistic present. Here chic event spaces, designer and small business shops, waterside cafes and bistros, fancy restaurants and bars exquisitely coexist with fascinating museums and charming art galleries.
Being a waterfront area, Las Olas, which simply means ‘The Waves’ in Spanish, is a hot destination for boat lovers. Once a strategically important spot for booze smugglers in South Florida, Las Olas is home to a limitless variety of means of water transportation. Gondola tours, water taxis, private yachts, and fishing boats fill the river and the harbor, inviting you to explore the city from the comfortable vantage point of your own vessel. What is more, boisterous river navigation makes the roads in this area less crowded than in other neighborhoods of Fort Lauderdale and the parking less stressful.