Fort Lauderdale is like a strange foreign land. If you enter without knowing its ways, you'll be chewed up and spit out, bloody and naked.
(Bloody and naked was actually the third runner-up as Fort Lauderdale's slogan.)
But if you learn your way around, where to go and what to avoid, you'll be embraced in a warm Fort Lauderdale hug.
(Do NOT ask for a "warm Fort Lauderdale hug" in any restaurant or gas station.)