Different beaches offer all sorts of vibes and opportunities for fun. Some are more crowded while others are less known. Some are kid-friendly while others are excellent for a party.

After a day at the beach you can try out Fort Lauderdale’s local eateries for some delicious seafood or other fare, including Old Florida Seafood House, Casablanca Cafe and Rosie’s Bar and Grill.


If you’re looking for a low-key beach getaway, you’ll love Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. The locale gives of a distinct laid-back, beach village-like atmosphere and with a natural coral reef, you can plan to don a wetsuit and spend an afternoon snorkeling. It will be fascinating to experience the aquatic life up close and personal as you swim by the variety of fish and other creatures full of color and intrigue. After a wonderfully relaxing day at the beach, show off your suntan Friday evening as you hit the town to listen to live music.

Hollywood Beach

If you’re hoping your stay in Florida allows you many experiences and opportunities for various outings, stay near Hollywood Beach. Hop on a bicycle and explore the 2.5 mile boardwalk after a morning of playing in the surf. Stop by a cafe and sip a coffee while taking in the amazing ocean views, then grab your four-legged friend and a frisbee and head over to the sand for a rousing game of catch at one of Fort Lauderdale’s favorite dog beaches - part of the film "Marley and Me" was even shot here. After spending time in the sand, check out Arts Park where you can take an art class or try the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants.

Pompano Beach

Head over to Pompano Beach to experience some of the clearest waters in south Florida because of a bend in the Gulf Stream. This beach is known for the saltwater fish found here, providing the beach its namesake. It’s also home to the annual Pompano Seafood Festival and Fishing Rodeo. The beach is a great place to enjoy an afternoon of fishing or trying out different water sports. When you’re ready to head inland there’s a great golf course nearby where you can practice your swing or place a bet and hope you’re lucky with harness horse racing.

Dania Beach

If you’re hoping to find a spot away from the crowd, Dania Beach is your place to go. It’s one of Fort Lauderdale's least crowded beaches - it's one of the area's best-kept secrets. Dania Beach is well known for its fishing pier, so grab your tackle box and pole and settle in for an afternoon hoping on a catch or two. At sunset, you’ll be treated to a brilliantly colored sky, then you can stop by one of the local pier restaurants for a meal of fresh fish or blue crabs like Tark’s, Tuscany Caffe and Dania Beach Bar and Grille. For some aquatic fun, Dania Beach is an awesome place to take out a kayak and paddle around, jump right in for a refreshing swim or enjoying a tasty picnic lunch as you gaze out over the water.

Hillsboro Beach

For a beach that’s ideal for relaxing and unwinding, you’ll want to check out Hillsboro Beach. This quiet strip of sand offers serene natural scenery as well as the 19th century Hillsboro Lighthouse. Climb to the top to experience an amazing bird’s eye view of Fort Lauderdale. If you’re an animal lover, you will appreciate that Hillsboro Beach is a location for turtle nesting. Enjoy a barefoot stroll with the sand and surf beneath your feet, stretch out on a beach towel and soak in the sun or dive in for a swim.