After leaving South Beach where I stayed for two days, I then got on an Uber and went to my next hostel (read why I'd recommend a ride-hailing service here). I don't have a problem with staying in a hostel. In fact, when I was in SoBe, I moved into one after checking out of a boutique hotel. I like getting to experience both. Plus, with excellent research skills and use of coupons, you will most likely get a cheaper hotel room that will suit your needs.
So, when I arrived in Fort Lauderdale, you and probably most others visiting the area will ask, what is to do here for a day? Or a long-layover (say more than 10 hours) in FLL airport?
My hostel was about two blocks from the beach and part of Loggerhead Park. It is beautiful and secluded with only a handful of people. It is a location you'd like to check for a quiet stroll. However, that was what not I had in mind during my short stay in the area. Honestly, I didn't even know where to go exactly. It was through an Uber ride and the fantastic driver's recommendation that I got to experience FLL for a day.
When I got to his car, I just told him a general area on the map that says Central Beach. Boy, I was wrong. He drove me around the whole strip, even turning off his Uber app that way there was no extra charge, and pointed to bars and restaurants that he recommended, which I did check, the Drunken Taco for, what else, tacos (and margaritas!), and the Elbo Room for some live music and beers, cash only!
The strip, give or take, starts from the Ritz Carlton to the corner of Las Olas Blvd. A walk down the beach, one you shouldn't miss when in FLL, would get your mouth salivating and your stomach grumbling for some libations and grub after.
The Fort Lauderdale Beach and the strip are about a 20- to 30-minute drive from FLL airport depending on traffic. If I have a long layover in my future Carribean/Latin America travels (hello, Peru in August 2018!), this is one place I will be going back to see.