Located just south of Oakland Park Boulevard, Vista Park offers public beach access, open play area, waterfront benches, and picnic tables. It’s a cozy little spot at the seaside to stay away from big crowds and noise and relax. Swimming, sunbathing, scuba diving, snorkeling, strolling, picnicking, enjoying the sea views, watching the shorebirds, and marine life – all this is about Vista Park Beach.
Location and Access
Vista Park Beach is located at 2851 North Atlantic Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., the park features no entrance fees. There is a parking lot very close to the beach. It fills up quickly so it is better to arrive early (before 8 a.m. on weekends) or be prepared to wait.
The beach is clean, uncrowded, and beautiful! You can bring your own chairs and umbrellas and carrying them will be no problem since the parking lot is just a short walk away from the beach. The sand is not white and powdery but still good enough for children’s games as well as for spreading a towel and lying down. The sea is blue and green, good for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving.
Vista Park Beach is popular not only with traditional couples and families seeking some quiet and tranquility but also with LGBT visitors seeking new acquaintances or coming just to relax in a safe and friendly ambiance on the beautiful Atlantic shore.
Vista Park Beach offers some of the most beautiful shore diving in Southeast Florida. The broad Vista Park Reef is just offshore and easy to reach. Snorkeling and scuba diving are both quite popular activities. There is always something to see including reef squid, turtles, octopus, nurse sharks, and plenty of fish species. The beach has no lifeguard stations so dive flags are required. If you’re experienced, the area is safe enough for solo dives.
- 45 minutes from Miami, FL
- 50 minutes from West Palm Beach, FL
- 2 hours 30 minutes from Fort Myers, FL
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Vista Park Beach which you can visit: