Top 9 Beaches in Greater Fort Lauderdale
Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to so many sought-after beach destinations in the world. Take a look at the top 9!
As the Hidden Gem of the area, Dania Beach is home to some of the prettiest and least crowded stretches of ocean in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Dania Beach Ocean Park has an impressive fishing pier where you can dine and enjoy panoramic views and scrumptious seafood caught just out of the ocean. Close by, John U. Lloyd Beach State Park is also a favorite destination for kayaking, swimming, picnicking or just cloud watching. Take Dania Beach Blvd. east, then the first right over the Intracoastal Bridge.
Enjoy the sunrise on beautiful Deerfield Beach, Greater Fort Lauderdale’s northern most award-winning, cove-like beaches and the destination’s family playground. Take a trip to the beach for sandcastle building, volleyball, dining at open-air eateries or fishing off the Deerfield Pier. Take Hillsboro Blvd. east to AIA, north to pier.
Fort Lauderdale Beach
With its makeover from a college student Mecca to a tonier clientele complete, Fort Lauderdale has been transformed into a Beach Chic destination. From Lauderdale luxe properties dotting the beachfront skyline to Las Olas Boulevard for casually chic shopping and dining scene, Fort Lauderdale Beach has some of the best people-watching in South Florida. And don’t forget to stroll, jog, or blade along the palm tree-fringed, brick-lined beachfront promenade. Take Sunrise Blvd. east to A1A. Turn right, heading south.
At the southern end of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach is the perfect place for a Guy’s Getaway with a wide array of outdoor sports from golf and swimming to boating and salt-water fishing. Visitors can enjoy beautiful stretches of beach and exciting nightlife. Take Hallandale Beach Blvd. east to A1A.
Hillsboro Beach is Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Quiet Escape. Enjoy views of the Hillsboro Lighthouse and remember to watch your step, as the beach is popular with nature lovers who come to see the turtle nesting. Right next to the Lighthouse, the Hillsboro Inlet, where yachts enter, is home to the stone statue dedicated to the Barefoot Mailman. From 1885 until 1892 a mail carrier would make a seven-day journey, walking 68 miles from Palm Beach barefoot, through what is now Broward County to Miami. Take Sample Rd. east to A1A.
Retro Cool, Hollywood Beach is home to the Broadwalk which runs two and a half miles up and down this sun-kissed oceanfront. Visitors can stroll along on foot or hop on a bike and find a great outdoor café to wile away the hours watching “man’s best friend” run up and down the area’s favorite dog beach. (Where, by the way, part of the movie Marley & Me was filmed.) Take Sheridan St. east to A1A. Turn left, go north.
Hugh Taylor Birch State
Three and a half miles of pristine shoreline and nearly 180 acres of lush gardens in the center of Fort Lauderdale. Walking along nature trails, biking, in-line skating, picnicking, fishing and canoeing, along with swimming and sunning. Trails lead from the beach into the park. Park entrance is at 3109 E. Sunrise Blvd.
With a reputation as a Low-Key Get-Away, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, is a 1/2 mile wide hamlet which has that old fashioned, charming “beach village” vibe. This town is one of the only locations in Florida where the three-tier natural coral reef system is close enough for visitors to swim out for snorkeling or diving. Friday nights the one street that runs through this sleepy town is blocked off, a stage is erected and live music is enjoyed. Take Commercial Blvd. east to beach.
Pompano Beach offers sports of all sorts. Named for the saltwater fish found exclusively in area waters and home to the annual Pompano Seafood Festival and Fishing Rodeo, the water on this stretch of coastline is some of the warmest and clearest in South Florida due to a bend in the Gulf Stream. Take Atlantic Blvd. east to the beach.
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