The 9 best Airbnbs in Fort Lauderdale, from a beach house with a pool to an industrial urban loft – all under $300

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The best airbnbs in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • Nicknamed the “Venice of America,” Fort Lauderdale has water channels that weave through the city.
  • A desirable beach getaway in its own right, it’s also a less expensive option than nearby Miami.
  • From coastal homes to urban lofts, these top Fort Lauderdale Airbnbs range from $75 to $281 per night.

Ask a local why they favor Fort Lauderdale over Miami, and they’ll tell you the coastal city is less crowded and more affordable than its southern neighbor. Just a 30-minute drive north from Miami, Fort Lauderdale boasts similar draws: a vibrant nightlife scene; lively beaches; a strong Latin influence (authentic Cuban sandwiches are never far away); and a massive boating culture.

Nicknamed the “Venice of America,” Fort Lauderdale is home to miles of the Intracoastal Waterway, which fill up with boats that anchor at local sandbars or dock at restaurants along the canals during the weekends.

Florida has no shortage of top Airbnbs, and accommodations in Fort Lauderdale include everything from chic downtown lofts near Las Olas Boulevard, the city’s main street, to coastal homes steps away from the beach for those whose main agenda is sand and sun. Having lived in the city for five years, I’ve visited just about every area and know all the best spots.

I also know that while Fort Lauderdale is alluring all year, the best time to visit is October to May, when you can avoid humid, rainy summers – and hurricane season, which starts in June. Fort Lauderdale can also become crowded during spring break and over three-day weekends, like Memorial Day, so keep this in mind and book far in advance if you plan to visit over popular holidays.

Additionally, though vaccine rollouts are underway, COVID-19 is still a major concern, and travel right now comes at a risk. We always recommend following safety precautions from the CDC, like wearing a mask in public spaces, practicing social distancing, and washing hands frequently.

That said, if you’re wondering if Airbnbs are safe, private home rentals are considered by experts to offer a higher level of safety compared to hotels. Plus, Airbnb hosts are required to follow enhanced cleaning procedures.

So if you are seeking an Airbnb to catch some sun in Fort Lauderdale, consider these top options.

These are the best Airbnbs in Fort Lauderdale, sorted by price from low to high.

Cozy cottage between the airport and Port Everglades, $75

Little Cottage By The Pine Tree Fort Lauderdale

Book this cozy cottage starting from $75 per night

For the traveler passing through Fort Lauderdale on a layover, this quaint cottage is located in the Croissant Park neighborhood, set between the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades. 

Behind the property’s main house, the desert-inspired cottage has its own private entrance where a Queen-size bed and two chairs that fold out into single-sofa beds create cozy sleeping arrangements. Although the home is small, there’s still enough space to fit a tiny, circular dining table with two rustic leather barrel chairs and a workspace, complete with a desk and stool. The home is air-conditioned and includes an updated full kitchen and modern bathroom with funky geometric floor tiles and a walk-in shower.

Complimentary coffee and tea, parking, and two bikes are a few other thoughtful touches.

The property has limited availability until July, so plan ahead when booking.

Modern apartment blocks from Las Olas Boulevard, $125

Apartment in Colee Hammock Blocks from Las Olas Boulevard Fort Lauderdale

Book this moder apartment starting from $125 per night

This modern apartment is an elegant place to retreat to in the upscale Colee Hammock neighborhood. It’s just blocks away from the city’s main drag, Las Olas Boulevard, where you’ll find some of the best restaurants, bars, boutiques, and art galleries. 

The property was designed in the 1960s around a massive oak tree in an enclosed courtyard, which from the sidewalk appears to be sprouting from the building. Minimal decor and high-gloss white vinyl flooring put the attention back on the architecture, which includes uniquely shaped rooms and outdoor spaces. In the bedroom, a sliding door across from the Queen-size bed opens to a private patio with a colorful hammock. Details like a leopard-print rug and palm leaf wallpaper in the kitchen add pizzazz. 

In the living room, a cream-colored pullout sofa can accommodate additional guests and a small, secluded outdoor dining area creates additional hangout space. As an added bonus, there’s free on-site parking.

The property has plenty of availability over the next few months.

Cottage-style condo in Victoria Park, $133

Cottage style Condo in Victoria Park Fort Lauderdale

Book this cottage-style condo starting from $133 per night

Victoria Park is central to just about everything the city has to offer. Locals like calling the historic neighborhood home because it’s a short walk to the bustling Las Olas Boulevard, a five-minute drive to the arts district in Flagler Village, and a 10-minute drive across the drawbridge to the coastline. 

This open-concept condo has fun tropical touches like palm tree paintings and pineapple accents for a sense of place, but the tasteful midcentury modern furniture in neutral colors keeps it from veering into kitsch territory. 

There’s no shortage of greenery, with plenty of plants and succulents filling the bright and airy unit. Free parking on the premise and an updated kitchen complete with basic appliances and cookware make it easy to extend a stay. 

The property has plenty of availability throughout the next several months.

Boho house near the MASS District, $191

Boho House Near the MASS District Fort Lauderdale

Book this boho house starting from $191 per night

This home’s biophilic design brings the outside in and vice versa. There are plenty of plants scattered throughout the open-concept living room, where a white, L-shaped couch decorated with black-and-white throw pillows is the focal point. A Buddha statue sits just above it on the window sill and a full kitchen looks out at the living space, complete with a marble countertop and two stools. A light-filled room with a rustic dining table and four midcentury modern chairs can also be used for sit-down meals. 

Each bedroom includes a Queen-size bed and boasts a minimalistic design with funky lighting, including a small chandelier in one and a white urchin pendant in another. The two bathrooms have very different but equally appealing aesthetics; one features a spa-like shower with white marble floors while the other has a contemporary feel and a sliding barn door.  

But the real draw here is the expansive backyard, featuring a faux grass wall and various seating areas. It’s especially ideal for pet owners since the yard is fenced in, and in the front, there’s free parking on the premise. 

Set in a residential part of town, this entire home is filled with Zen decor and playful artworks that embody the M.A.S.S. District that’s just a five-minute drive away. This up-and-coming, trendy part of town set beside train tracks boasts arcade bars, yoga studios, smoothie spots, coffee shops, and more — all usually found inside buildings covered by murals. 

The property has plenty of availability over the next few months.

Elegant beach apartment, $200

Stylish Fort Lauderdale Beach Apartment

Book this beach apartment starting from $200 per night

Most of the accommodations in the central Fort Lauderdale Beach area are with major hotel brands and boutiques, making this luxury apartment at the Gale Residences a rare find on Airbnb. The ninth-floor condo is located along the Intracoastal Waterway, just two blocks from the beach and right behind the W hotel, which houses noteworthy restaurants like Steak 954 and El Vez. 

The sleek kitchen has stainless steel appliances and opens up to a living room decorated with blue hues that mirror the views of the Intracoastal Waterway just beyond the balcony. The outdoor space features a metal high-top table with matching chairs for an ideal setting to sip morning coffees. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the master bedroom, with a King-size bed and tufted headboard, also boast sweeping sights. The bathroom includes a tiled walk-in shower, and a lacquered desk is tucked into a corner for those who need to balance work and play. 

Other communal amenities currently open to guests include a grilling area, pool with chaise lounges, a fully equipped gym, and a theater room. Free parking is available to guests staying for more than 27 days.

This host currently requires a 15-night minimum stay, but the property has plenty of availability from July onward.

Beach house with private pool in North Fort Lauderdale, $235

North Fort Lauderdale Beach House

Book this beach house starting from $235 per night

This ultra-contemporary house near the beach has plenty of space for families or pods of friends to spread out. The open-concept living area includes a media console at the attention of two black leather couches, which are separated by an oval-shaped coffee table. In addition to a small writer’s desk, there’s also an expansive dining table that can seat up to eight under oversized light fixtures. The full kitchen beckons home cooks with its glossy white cabinets and a subway-tile backsplash. 

Kids will sleep soundly in the Twin-size beds, but parents will surely appreciate the master bedroom, which includes a King-size bed and an ensuite double vanity. Sliding glass doors lead to a private, fenced-in yard with a pool and expansive patio that includes a gas grill. Other notable amenities include a stacked washer and dryer, and a driveway with plenty of parking. 

The home is just a quarter-mile away from the northern, less crowded stretch of beach. The house is also on the outskirts of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, where you can bike, kayak, stroll through the massive banyan trees, or have lunch at Park & Ocean, a shaded, casual cafe with ocean views. 

The property still has some availability during the months of May, June, and August but is booking up fast.

Tropical oasis with private pool near Wilton Manors, $249

'Martini Manor' Near Wilton Manors Fort Lauderdale

Book this tropical oasis starting from $249 per night

Just north of Fort Lauderdale, set between the LGBTQIA neighborhood of Wilton Manors and the coastline, is this listing, which calls itself the “Martini Manor.” The one-story home somehow tastefully meshes pop art with nautical decor.

As the name implies, the house comes ready-made for those looking to have a good time, and includes a coffee bar, wine bar with a cooler, and a fully stocked kitchen. The living room does have a desk and office chair for those who need to work and play, but those are easily overshadowed by the big white sectional sofa, zebra pouf ottomans, cozy fireplace, and dining table with bold red chairs. 

By day, relax at the freeform pool in the backyard, which is shaded by palm trees and outfitted with chaise lounges and a daybed. By evening, use the grill for a cookout and dine under the pergola with hanging bistro lights. A washer and dryer, and covered parking are also perks.  

The property has availability starting in August.

Charming home with saltwater pool at Sailboat Bend, $263

The River House at Sailboat Bend Fort Lauderdale

Book this charming home starting from $263 per night

Get a real sense of old Fort Lauderdale charm when staying in the Sailboat Bend neighborhood. This yellow, one-story home is serving Key West vibes, with a charming seating area on the front porch complete with palm tree cutouts in the lime green wooden shutters. 

Although the home has old bones, the interior is updated, with a modern kitchen that even includes a full-size wine cooler and a U-shaped countertop. Lounge in the living room on an L-shaped couch under an aerial photograph of beachgoers, or practice your chess-playing skills on a game table by the window next to a brown leather accent chair. 

The bedrooms are decked out in nautical decor, including sailboat art and a hanging ship steering wheel, as well as plush robes for a resort-like amenity. The shared bathroom includes a steam-room-style shower, and in the backyard, guests can take a dip in the saltwater pool and Jacuzzi. 

Riverside Market Cafe, a local haunt, is just across the river, and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and the Museum of Discovery and Science are less than a 20-minute walk away. Keep heading down Himmarshee Street, lined with bars and restaurants, and take a right on South Andrews Avenue to arrive at The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, an open-air space along the water with live music and drinks.

The property has plenty of availability starting in June.

Luxury industrial loft in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, $281

Luxury Industrial Loft in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Book this luxury loft starting from $281 per night

Walk to some of the best parts of town when staying at this downtown loft. Take a 10-minute stroll to the FAT Village Arts District, where warehouses open up for art walks on the weekends and hipstery locals hang out inside coffee shops. Just a seven-minute walk away is one of the city’s highest rooftop bars, Sparrow, on top of The Dalmar hotel, and right around the corner is the Brightline station, where you can ride a luxury high-speed train to Miami in just 30 minutes. 

This studio apartment’s vaulted ceiling and exposed pipes create an urban feel, but warm neutral colors soften the design. In the living room area, two cream chairs face a brown pull-out sofa, set on a gray and beige boho rug. Three stools line up at the island in a contemporary kitchen. Close by, two folding chairs and a table create an ideal breakfast nook, while a rectangular dining table and four matching chairs are ideal for larger group meals.

A sliding wall can close off the King-size bed in front of a large, industrial window for added privacy, and the host also provides an air mattress for additional guests. A Pac-Man arcade machine tucked in the corner also adds character, while the building is carefully following CDC guidelines to allow visitors access to the rooftop pool and Jacuzzi.

The property has plenty of availability over the next few months.

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