is laced with 300 miles of navigable waterways and canals, so it’s no wonder it has been nicknamed the “Venice of America.” Located just north of Miami, the Greater Fort Lauderdale area is also known as the “Yachting Capital of the World.” With over 40,000 resident yachts, and several active yachting clubs, the city hosts or participates in events such as the Southern Ocean Racing Conference, the Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race, the Lauderdale Ocean Cup, the Olympic Midwinter Championship and the Annual IOD Regatta. Scuba divers and snorkelers rate the area as one of the best in North America, where they come to explore the three-tiered natural reef located just offshore. All types of fishing is available in Ft. Lauderdale, including deep-sea excursions, drift-boat fishing and fishing off the pier. Other aquatic attractions include 81 artificial reefs, 18 major shipwrecks, 23 miles of beautiful white sandy beach and a sunny beach boardwalk. Upscale shops and restaurants, trendy boutiques and outdoor cafes line the beach at Ft. Lauderdale. Boaters can choose from three city marinas that offer amenities such as ample deep-water dockage, dockside parking and attendants, water, electric, phones and cable TV hook-ups. Plus all of the marinas are within easy distance of all of Ft. Lauderdale’s most popular attractions.