You can’t visit Fort Lauderdale without visiting the beach with the same name. There’s plenty to do on this stretch of sand, which runs a little over a mile from the infamous Las Olas Boulevard. Along the shore you’ll find people learning how to surf, paddle board and even taking part in underwater adventures like snorkeling. The area is also known for its high-class hotels like the W Fort Lauderdale and the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, as well as incredible restaurants, many of which boast beach-front views.
Locals will hit the beaches near Fort Lauderdale any day of the year – no matter the weather or water conditions – and tourists should do the same if they want to experience the bright blue sea and white sands that make this area of Florida so popular. Fort Lauderdale’s top beaches boast shimmering blue-green waters, palm-tree–lined pathways and boardwalks with plenty of shops and restaurants to explore. If the water is too rough and or you’re ready for a break from the beach, there’s still plenty of things to do in the laid-back beach towns that dot the shores of greater Fort Lauderdale.
While Fort Lauderdale is lauded for it’s proximity to Miami, the vibe in the area is vastly different from the bustling beaches of Miami. The city, which was once a Mecca for wild spring breakers, is now known for its plethora of world-class restaurants and towering resorts that line the oceanfront and a more relaxed vibe. Take that vibe to the sand at the seven best beaches in Fort Lauderdale.
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