As the Hidden Gem of the area, Dania Beach is home to
some of the prettiest and least crowded stretches of ocean
in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Dania Beach Ocean Park has
an impressive fishing pier where you can dine and enjoy
panoramic views and scrumptious seafood caught just out of
the ocean. Close by, John U. Lloyd Beach State Park is also a
favorite destination for kayaking, swimming, picnicking or just
cloud watching. Take Dania Beach Blvd. east, then the first
right over the Intracoastal Bridge. Map D-4.
Enjoy the sunrise on beautiful Deerfield Beach, Greater
Fort Lauderdale’s northern most award-winning, cove-like
beaches and the destination’s family playground. Take a
trip to the beach for sandcastle building, volleyball, dining at
open-air eateries or fishing off the Deerfield Pier. Take Hillsboro
Blvd. east to AIA, north to pier. Map D-1.
Fort Lauderdale Beach
With its makeover from a college student Mecca to a tonier
clientele complete, Fort Lauderdale has been transformed into
a Beach Chic destination. From Lauderdale luxe properties
dotting the beachfront skyline to Las Olas Boulevard for
casually chic shopping and dining scene, Fort Lauderdale
Beach has some of the best people-watching in South Florida.
And don’t forget to stroll, jog, or blade along the palm treefringed,
brick-lined beachfront promenade. Take Sunrise Blvd.
east to A1A. Turn right, heading south. Map D-3.
At the southern end of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale
Beach is the perfect place for a Guy’s Getaway with a wide
array of outdoor sports from golf and swimming to boating
and salt-water fishing. Visitors can enjoy beautiful stretches
of beach and exciting nightlife. Take Hallandale Beach Blvd.
east to A1A. Map D-5.
Hillsboro Beach is Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Quiet Escape.
Enjoy views of the Hillsboro Lighthouse and remember to watch
your step, as the beach is popular with nature lovers who come
to see the turtle nesting. Right next to the Lighthouse, the
Hillsboro Inlet, where yachts enter, is home to the stone statue
mail carrier would make a seven-day journey, walking 68
miles from Palm Beach barefoot, through what is now Broward
County to Miami. Take Sample Rd. east to A1A. Map D-2.
Retro Cool, Hollywood Beach is home to the Broadwalk
which runs two and a half miles up and down this sun-kissed
oceanfront. Visitors can stroll along on foot or hop on a bike
and find a great outdoor café to wile away the hours watching
“man’s best friend” run up and down the area’s favorite dog
beach. (Where, by the way, part of the movie Marley & Me
was filmed.) Take Sheridan St. east to A1A. Turn left, go north.
Map D-4 & D-5.
Hugh Taylor Birch State Recreation Area
Three and a half miles of pristine shoreline and nearly 180 acres
of lush gardens in the center of Fort Lauderdale. Walking along
nature trails, biking, in-line skating, picnicking, fishing and
canoeing, along with swimming and sunning. Trails lead from
the beach into the park. Park entrance is at 3109 E. Sunrise
Blvd. Map D-3.
With a reputation as a Low-Key Get-Away, Lauderdale-By-The-
Sea, is a 1/2 mile wide hamlet which has that old fashioned,
charming “beach village” vibe. This town is one of the only
locations in Florida where the three-tier natural coral reef
system is close enough for visitors to swim out for snorkeling
or diving. Friday nights the one street that runs through this
sleepy town is blocked off, a stage is erected and live music
is enjoyed. Take Commercial Blvd. east to beach. Map D-3.
Pompano Beach offers sports of all sorts. Named for the
saltwater fish found exclusively in area waters and home to
the annual Pompano Seafood festival and Fishing Rodeo, the
water on this stretch of coastline is some of the warmest and
clearest in South Florida due to a bend in the Gulf Stream. Take
Atlantic Blvd. east to the beach. Map D-2.
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