Boasting more than seven miles of beautiful beaches, the city of Fort Lauderdale offers good opportunities for all-family recreation, which include swimming, sunbathing, playing volleyball, snorkeling, scuba diving, boating, windsurfing, jet skiing, fishing, shopping, and dining.
If you have a four-legged friend, you can take him or her with you – there is a designated section that allows dogs on the beach as well as in the water.
Location and Access
Fort Lauderdale Beach is located along North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard between East Sunrise Boulevard and Las Olas Boulevard. The beach is public, which means there is no admission fee.
There is a big paid parking lot near the beach and there is parking available in other places as well. Note that in high season, it may be difficult to find a parking space due to the big number of visitors.
Fort Lauderdale Beach has all the necessary amenities, including restrooms, outdoor showers, feet washing stations, which you can find at the beach entry points. There are basketball and volleyball courts, an exercise area, and a children’s playground. For those who like picnicking, there are picnic tables and grills.
Shopping and Dining
The scenic coastline of Fort Lauderdale boasts a wide range of beach bars, sidewalk cafes, family restaurants, entertainment venues, and various shops. Everything is within walking distance.
Fort Lauderdale Beach doesn’t have soft white sand – its sand is gritty but quite clean. Some parts of the beach are more crowded than others. The beach is long, palm-fringed, and there are sidewalks for strolling and biking (you can rent a bike on-site). There are chairs and umbrellas for rent.
The ocean is warm, tame, and transparent. It is most safe to swim in the guarded area, which comprises two miles of the beach from Hugh Taylor Birch State Park to the South Beach Picnic Area and includes 15 permanently staffed lifeguard stations. During the peak season and special events, they also add 10 auxiliary stations.
Fort Lauderdale Beach features at least two LGBT-friendly areas: Sebastian Street Beach and Terramar Street Beach. Both are very popular among local gays. These smaller beaches offer a friendly and relaxing atmosphere.
In addition to swimming and soaking up the sun, more active visitors can enjoy such recreational activities as volleyball, rollerblading jet skiing, boating, windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing.
- 50 minutes from Miami, FL
- 1 hour 5 minutes from West Palm Beach, FL
- 2 hours 20 minutes from Fort Myers, FL
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Fort Lauderdale Beach which you can visit:
- Terramar Street Beach (0 miles)
- Sebastian Street Beach (1 mile)
- Vista Park Beach (2 miles)
- Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Beach (4 miles)
- Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park Beach (John U. Lloyd State Park Beach) (5 miles)