Despite its misleading name, Port Everglades is not part of the massive wetlands known as the Florida Everglades. The port encompasses nearly 2,200 acres within the communities of Dania Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and unincorporated Broward County on Florida's southeast coast. Originally known as Lake Mabel, Port Everglades was first established as a deep water harbor in 1927.
Port Everglades has since developed into one of the busiest seaports in the country; as of 2014, more than 5,300 ships call annually at the port. Along with PortMiami and Port Canaveral, Port Everglades is one of the top three cruise ship ports in the world. It is also one of the most active container ports in the United States and the region's main receiver of petroleum products, including gasoline and jet fuel.
The high level of activity makes the destination a major economic hub of the Southeast, with annual operating revenues of more than $66 million and total water commerce exceeding 23 million tons of liquid, bulk and containerized cargoes.
Port Everglades is recognized for its commitment to environmental protection and ongoing improvements. A favorite U.S. Navy liberty port, it offers convenient connections to the adjacent Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, with I-595 providing direct links to Florida's entire highway system.