Fort Lauderdale is a popular resort city just north of Miami. It is known for its spectacular beaches as well as an extensive canal system. Its waterways are lined with luxurious mansions, high-rise condominiums, resort hotels, and towering office buildings. Located 25 miles north of Miami and 40 miles south of West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale lies near the center of more than five million people on Florida’s Southeast coast. Fort Lauderdale is considered a downtown business district, a beachfront, and a nightlife mecca for Broward County and its surroundings. It has long been a favorite hot spot for spring breakers. Fort Lauderdale is home to Port Everglades, one of the largest freight and cruise ports in the United States.