By enjoyFloridaBeaches.com Staff October 16, 2015
Fort Lauderdale, Florida was rated #7 among the "Top 10 Small American Cities of the Future" for 2013 by fDi Magazine, and one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live by Livability.com. The sparkling city of Fort Lauderdale is a top beach destination attracting affluent beachgoers with high-end amenities and accommodations, including world-class resorts and hotels, cruise ships, restaurants, golf courses, shopping malls, museums, parks, marinas, and a robust night life.
Commonly called the "Venice of America," due to the abundance of canals that meander through the city, Fort Lauderdale is certainly a boaters’ paradise. Besides a hundred marinas, which are home for hundreds of resident yachts, many Fort Lauderdale residents have their own private dock for their boat at home.
The beach in Fort Lauderdale is impressive. Beginning just to the north of Lake Mabel inlet, and stretching eight miles northward to the condo-dominated skyline of the northern suburbs, the beach is complete with sugary sand, aqua-blue water, ocean-front restaurants, public parking, and much more. Las Olas Beach is the main strip of sand, resting close to the downtown area of the city.
The ocean swells in Fort Lauderdale are mild, since the Bahamas and other Caribbean islands bear the brunt of the Atlantic’s ocean currents. This makes the beach safer for swimming compared to some other Atlantic beaches, and a great place for families. In general, the beaches are never too crowded, and the beachfront area is filled with convenient and attractive facilities, including marinas and restaurants.
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Fort Lauderdale Beach is the most popular section of beach, and is located along A1A, between Las Olas Boulevard to the south and Sunrise Boulevard to the north.
Besides the allure of the tropical beach, there is an eclectic selection of hotels, shops, restaurants, and famous night life establishments, providing beach lovers with a fun and relaxing environment.
Things To Do
Compared to the bustling metropolis of Miami to the south, Fort Lauderdale is a much more relaxed vacation option, while still offering the up-scale sophistication of an international beach destination. From the fascinating Museum of Art, to the glamorous beach-front atmosphere, this city is jam-packed with amazing landmarks and entertaining attractions. In addition, its popularity is also boosted by the Caribbean cruise ships that regularly depart from here.
In addition to the alluring beach, Fort Lauderdale boasts many wonderful attractions. Tourists can travel the Intracoastal Waterway on a paddle steamer, enjoy the beachfront promenade on foot or bike or rollerblade, take in the sites of the Museum of Art, or enjoy an afternoon of science at the Museum of Discovery & Science.
Nearby Las Olas Boulevard is also home to some of the best shops and restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, with Sawgrass Mills Mall and the Galleria providing excellent shopping opportunities for the most discerning tastes.
Las Olas Boulevard
Las Olas features luxury shopping and dining, while also hosting regular events. It's a safe and pleasant environment for families, and features unique, authentic, and eclectic shopping and dining district.
When visiting Las Olas, you'll enjoy the numerous al fresco dining options, international art galleries, world class museums, shops, luxury home rentals and yacht charters, and the luxurious and historic Riverside Hotel.