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Greater Fort Lauderdale Beaches

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Greater Fort Lauderdale's 23 miles of sun-kissed beaches and eight distinctive beach towns vary in vibe and personality — as well as their variety of hotels, shops and restaurants — but they each offer exactly what you came for. It’s the sensation of soft sand between your toes and warm, tropical waves on your skin. It’s the feeling of escape.

Whether on the beach or in the waves, you’ll find amazing ways to play, explore and relax at Greater Fort Lauderdale’s top beaches. Play beach volleyball, fly a kite, or just stretch out on lounge chairs and enjoy the Atlantic Ocean breeze in your hair.

Outdoorsy types have plenty to do, and there are plenty of places to get equipped. Maybe you love JetSkiing or you’ve always wanted to try surfing. All you need are flippers and snorkel to explore the underwater world just off the shore.

Coral reefs, shipwrecks, high visibility and pleasant water temperatures make Greater Fort Lauderdale a spectacular snorkeling and diving destination. And with several shore diving spots, certified divers can literally walk in and hang out with sea turtles, nurse sharks, angelfish and other sea life.

Visit a lighthouse. Go fishing from a pier. Watch the sunrise over the blue horizon. Whatever you do, you’ll discover beach bliss in Greater Fort Lauderdale.

Rave about the Blue Wave Certified Beaches

Enjoy clean, safe, user-friendly Florida beaches. Hollywood, Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and Fort Lauderdale, are proud to have been continuously certified as Blue Wave Beaches by the Clean Beaches Council of Washington DC since 1999.

Deerfield Beach

Deerfield Beach

Enjoy the sunrise on beautiful Deerfield Beach, Greater Fort Lauderdale’s northern most award-winning, cove-like beaches and the destination’s family playground. For the more adventurous family, a day can be spent at Ski Rixen, one of America's first cable water ski parks. This innovative water skiing system pulls you silently over glassy smooth water without a boat! Or, take a trip to the beach for sandcastle building, volleyball, dining at open-air eateries or fishing off the Deerfield Pier. Click for Deerfield beach hotels.

Hillsboro Beach

Hillsboro Beach Lighthouse

Need to unwind with a tranquil, relaxing day?  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 dedicated to the Barefoot Mailman.  From 1885 until 1892 a mail carrier would make a seven-day journey, walking 68 miles from Palm Beach, through what is now Broward County to Miami. The weeklong trip was spent mostly barefoot walking on the hard-packed sand along the ocean - hence the name. Click for Hillsboro Beach hotels.

Pompano Beach

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For those that think life is always a game, 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. Want to get off the beach? You can tee-it-up for a round of championship golf or place your bets and enjoy harness horseracing.  Click for Pompano Beach hotels. Watch video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yxFwFIFUmU 



With a reputation as a low-key getaway, 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.  Your new favorite spot will be the Ice Cream Shop (yup, that's the name), where they tend to know everyone on a first-name basis. Click for Lauderdale-By-The-Sea beach hotels.

Fort Lauderdale

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 tree-fringed, brick-lined beachfront promenade. Click for Fort Lauderdale beach hotels.

Dania Beach

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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, Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park is also a favorite destination for kayaking, swimming, picnicking or just cloud watching. Click for Dania Beach hotels.



Retro cool Hollywood is home to the Broadwalk which runs 2 ½ miles along sun-kissed beach. Bike or stroll and find an outdoor café to wile away the hours. Play with "man's best friend" in the area's dog beach. (Where part of the movie Marley & Me was filmed.) Hop aboard the trolley and head to Arts Park in Young Circle, the epicenter of Hollywood culture and cuisine. Take an art class during the day, stay for dinner and drinks, and then party the night away at Seminole Hard Rock Casino. Live Hollywood Beach camWatch a Florida Travel & Life video about Hollywood. Click for Hollywood beach hotels. Looking for something particular in Hollywood? Click here for more info.

Hallandale Beach

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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. Two of South Florida's premier "racinos" are located in Hallandale Beach - Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino, home of the sport of kings, thoroughbred horseracing, and the Florida Derby, and the Mardi Gras Racetrack and Gaming Center. Click for Hallandale Beach hotels.



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