Located on the Southern tip of the Sunshine State just above Miami, Fort Lauderdale is one of Florida’s best holiday destinations, especially when it comes to beach getaways. With world-class shopping, top-notch dining and famous cultural events, this city is a hive of entertainment for all types of visitor but the majority head straight to the coast, and understandably so.
Fort Lauderdale is home to eight unique beach towns and no less than 23 miles of stunning shoreline provide visitors and locals with outdoor entertainment and picturesque, post-card scenery. From fun family-spots to romantic refuges, the beaches here offer endless amounts of oceanfront perfection, so take your pick.
Home to some of Fort Lauderdale’s least-crowded stretches of shoreline, Dania Beach is the perfect spot for peaceful sea kayaking, paddling and picnicking. Visitors come to unearth hidden treasures in the famous antique shops that are found both north and south of the boulevard, and to dine in style on Dania’s signature pier.
Deerfield is a family favourite amongst Fort Lauderdale’s collection of beaches. These cove-like spots are great for volleyball and surf lessons, and is home to a fantastic selection of open-air restaurants and a popular fishing pier. Visitors can also enjoy the ‘Quiet Waters Park’ where guests can use excellent camping facilities, a skate park and the longest ‘cable ski’ course in the nation.
Of course, this is one of the most popular beach spots in the city. This chic beach destination is dotted with premium properties and boutique shops, and people walk, run or blade their way down the palm tree lined promenade where the signature, white wave wall carves its way along the pristine beach.
Hallandale Beach offers an exciting array of water sports and outdoor activities and tends to be favoured by those without children. Visitors can enjoy boating and salt-water fishing before retreating to the nearby golf courses for a round on the green. Thoroughbred horseracing is a popular past time in this area and a handful of casinos provide entertainment after hours.
Hillsboro Beach offers a quiet escape for those looking for beachfront tranquillity. Home to the brightest lighthouse on the East Coast, people come here for spectacular photo opportunities and nature lovers visit to witness the turtle nesting season.
Discover the outdoor cafes and eclectic shops lining the famous Broadwalk which spans 2 ½ miles along the sun-kissed beach. Spend hours during the day soaking up the essence of retro Hollywood and experience some of the finest cuisine and party hotspots by night.
This low-key town provides an old fashioned, ‘beach village’ feel with a whimsical charm that’ll win over any visitor. A natural coral reef system can be found just 100 yards offshore making it the perfect place for visitors to swim, snorkel or dive and explore Florida’s colourful marine life. The town’s main street is blocked off on a Friday evening and a stage is built for visitors and locals to enjoy live music as the night falls.
This family-friendly nautical town is home to some of the warmest and clearest waters in South Florida thanks to a blend in the Gulf Stream. Sports of all kinds can be found in this area but fishing lovers flock to this destination for the annual Fishing Rodeo and Pompano Seafood Festival.
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