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    The best beaches in Fort Lauderdale are the cream of an abundance of sandy shores on the Atlantic Ocean. Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 300 days of sunshine per year, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy them, too. The city might be known to many travellers mostly for its airport, as the hub ferries passengers between North America and Latin America. However, anyone who’s yet to visit the beaches in and around Fort Lauderdale is truly missing out.

    Depending on the beach you visit, you might find beachfront shopping and dining, family-friendly activities, party-esque atmospheres or plenteous water activities, including scuba diving, snorkelling, paddle boarding and jet skiing. Here are some of the best beaches to visit in Fort Lauderdale.

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    Fort Lauderdale Beach Park

    Enjoy a chic, sandy location with all the amenities you need

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    Fort Lauderdale Beach Park is part of Fort Lauderdale’s most stylish strip of beaches, surrounded by luxury properties. Within a short distance of each other, you can also find chic shops and restaurants serving cuisines of all types, from local seafood to international fare.

    A nearby beachfront promenade is a favourite place for people-watching, rollerblading or jogging. The actual beach park itself has sand volleyball courts, a boat ramp, outdoor showers, grills, a playground and a basketball court. If you plan to drive to the beach, make sure to bring some extra cash – parking requires a somewhat hefty fee.

    Locatie: 1100 Seabreeze Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316, USA

    Open: Daily from 5 am to 2 am

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    Hugh Taylor Birch State Park Beach

    Pay a visit to Fort Lauderdale’s Central Park

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    Hugh Taylor Birch State Park has become known as Fort Lauderdale’s version of New York’s Central Park, and for good reason. Amid bustling and somewhat crowded Fort Lauderdale, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is an all-natural oasis, right in the heart of the city. It’s also evidence that not all of Fort Lauderdale’s natural beauty is on the ocean, as the park sits between the Atlantic and the city’s intracoastal waterways, offering access to both.

    To reach the beach, you’ll need to take the pedestrian tunnel under A1A. If you prefer to be on the water versus in or looking at it, you’ll find lots of opportunities to fish and paddle both in the cerulean ocean waters and in the intracoastal waterway.

    Locatie: 3109 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304, USA

    Open: Daily from 8 am to sundown

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    Lauderdale-By-the-Sea Beach

    Soak in the small-town feel of this neighbourhood in Greater Fort Lauderdale

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    Lauderdale-By-the-Sea Beach is located in Greater Fort Lauderdale. The beach for this small and charming neighbourhood is a bit more laidback and low-key than what you might find elsewhere in the area. There are plenty of vacation rentals and low-rise hotels in the vicinity, but none of the big resorts that can make a destination seem tourist-focused and sometimes unauthentic.

    Enjoy the mid-century modern architecture, along with locally-owned and operated shops and sculptures all backing the beach. Lauderdale-By-the-Sea Beach also offers some of the best beach diving in South Florida.

    Locatie: Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida 33308, USA

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    Central Beach

    Kick your vacation into high gear in high-energy Central Beach

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    Central Beach offers a high-energy seaside experience in Fort Lauderdale. The shore is backed by a mixture of nightclubs, kitschy bars with tropical themes, and luxury hotels. Because of this, the beach has become popular with those travellers looking to party.

    If you want to see some of Fort Lauderdale’s culture, that’s possible near this beach, too, as the surrounding neighbourhood is also home to a fine arts museum and some local restaurants. For Central Beach itself, expect a narrow strip of soft sand, often lined with loungers and umbrellas belonging to the hotels.

    Locatie: Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316, USA

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    Sebastian Street Beach

    Relax in a calm, laidback atmosphere appealing to the older and LGBTQ crowds

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    Sebastian Street Beach, over the years, has acquired 2 main demographics – the LGBTQ crowd and older travellers. It’s not a beach locale that’s keen on too much partying, so it’s a good place to kick back and relax if that’s the kind of atmosphere you’re looking for. You won’t find too many people on the beach – the crowds you do see are on the subdued side.

    Compared to some other beaches in Fort Lauderdale, Sebastian Street Beach doesn’t have quite as many palm trees, so shade is lacking. You’ll want to bring your own umbrella, chair, and other beach gear. 

    Locatie: Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316, USA

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    Las Olas Beach

    Settle in for the day at this bustling beach near plenty of shopping and dining

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    Las Olas Beach is located east of Olas Boulevard, one of the top streets in Fort Lauderdale for shopping, dining and entertainment. The beach is on the busier side, as it's just north of the popular Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.

    The beach is bit small but its crowd is a good mix of all ages. Enjoy people-watching at the boulevard. After you’ve gotten your fill of sand and surf, join the locals for some of Fort Lauderdale’s best eats and drinks.

    Locatie: 240 Las Olas Circle, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 3316, USA

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    Fort Lauderdale Jetties

    Hang out on a beach that’s truly more for hanging out than anything

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    Fort Lauderdale Jetties is an excellent spot if you like going to the beach, but you don’t care to don a swimsuit and you’d rather enjoy the view in peace than being surrounded by screaming beachgoers. The small, out-of-the-way beach is very popular with those looking to watch the city’s incoming and departing ships.

    As the Fort Lauderdale Jetties is located near Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, you can find parking at the latter and make your way to the former on foot. There's metered street parking further inland, too. 

    Locatie: Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316, USA

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    Loggerhead Park Beach

    Grab your family or your beau and enjoy this tranquil, remote beach

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    Loggerhead Park Beach is small and secluded, making it more popular with locals – mostly families and couples – than travellers.  It's located between Fort Lauderdale Beach to the south and Commercial Pier to the north. You might see a few kitesurfers out on the water but there's plenty of privacy, especially if you visit the beach during the week instead of the weekend.

    Make plans to catch the sunrise or sunset along with locals who live nearby. Bring your camera, too – you’ll be able to get some nice, people-free shots of the palm trees and marine life.

    Locatie: 3698 Northeast 27th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308, USA

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 8 pm

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    Vista Park

    Grab your picnic basket – this beach is a great spot for a leisurely lunch

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    Vista Park is a small, waterfront park with a small strip of beach backing up to a well-tended grassy area with picnic tables, benches and parking. It’s a lovely little spot to enjoy some quiet time in the sand, as well as a picnic under the palm trees later in the day. Make sure to bring your lunch with you, as there are few places nearby to buy something on the spot.

    If you’re into scuba diving, you’ll find some beautiful sea life after swimming around 5 minutes off the beach. Vista Park is a popular spot with local divers, who report seeing everything from schools of angelfish and tarpon to sea turtles and octopus.

    Locatie: 2851 North Atlantic Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308, USA

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 8 pm

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    Earl Lifshey Ocean Park Beach

    Take advantage of the many amenities at this quiet and relaxed beach

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    Earl Lifshey Ocean Park offers a lot to attract travellers seeking a low-budget visit and a relaxed atmosphere. The clean, sandy beach is on the smaller, quieter side, and is pet-friendly. Outdoor showers are available and parking is relatively affordable (around $1.50 per hour).

    You’ll find the crowds increase on the weekends, but even then, most are looking for a bit of privacy and will leave you be. The crowds are a mix of families and couples of all ages. If you want to stay out of the sun, visit in the afternoon, as that’s when the private homes and condominiums adjacent to the park cast a shadow over the sand.

    Locatie: 3504 North Ocean Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308, USA

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 9 pm

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