The Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is one of the last Old Florida seaside towns in existence today. Known for its quaint and charming ambiance, this flip flop town is on the Southeast coast of Florida, with beautiful white sand beaches, small, family owned hotels, shopping and many dining options, all within just a stroll. “Relax, You’re Here!” is not just the Town’s motto – it’s a lifestyle and here are a few of the reasons why: No Car Needed: Hop on a bike, walk, or take the Town’s free Pelican Hopper to get to your favorite seaside destinations. The Town is nestled between the Intracoastal and the ocean so everything is within walking distance and close to the beach. Low-rise MIMO Architecture: The Town takes great pride in being different from its big neighbors to our north and south (Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach), exuding old Florida charm with its low-rise downtown building restrictions and predominantly mid-century modern architecture giving it a distinctive identity. Privately Owned Hotels, Shops & Restaurants: You won’t find big box hotels or retailers in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. The vast majority of shops, restaurants and hotels are locally-owned and operated. You will enjoy artisan jewelry, clothing and gift items, as well as bistro- style eateries, ice cream shops and bakeries along the way – check out the Town Walking Map. Plazas and Squares: The Town’s common areas have been designed with relaxing in mind: public plazas where you sit in Adirondack chairs and chat with your friends or people watch, take pleasure in kids (and grownups!) playing the outdoor games, enjoy live music at various restaurants all year long, as well as enjoy free seasonal dance lessons outside. Florida’s Beach Diving Capital: Recognized as “South Florida’s Beach Diving Capital,” the Town's shoreline is a mecca for scuba divers with coral reefs teeming with marine life less than 100 yards off the beach. The Town is home to the SS Copenhagen, a 19th Century British steamship that wrecked in May 1900 less than a mile offshore in 25 feet of water. Florida designated the wreck as an Underwater Archaeological Preserve in 1994. With an estimated 10,000 annual visitors, Copenhagen is the most popular underwater preserve in Florida. The site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. Underwater wreck maps are available at our two dive shops, Town Hall and at the Chamber of Commerce. It’s super easy to snorkel or dive right from the Town’s sandy beach and go nose to nose with fish, turtles and lobsters (divers walking through Town is very common) - and of course fishing from historic Anglins Pier over the ocean is not to be missed. Blue Wave Beach: The Town is a “Blue Wave Beach,” a distinction given to clean and environmentally-responsible beach communities. Enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, skim and kite boarding right off of the beach or picnic in our seaside parks, soak up the sun on the beach, or relax poolside at your hotel with the scented breeze reminding you of just how close you are to the ocean. Whether it’s for a couple of nights, weeks or months, flip-flop wearing kids and adults of all ages are invited to stay, play and relax in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and experience the beachside charm and hospitality of this quaint Town.
What makes this business unique? One of the last Old Florida seaside towns