The Fort Lauderdale area – about 27 miles north of Miami – boasts of eight beaches that cater to just about every style of beach vacation. The area has worked hard over the last few years to shed its image of a wild college spring break destination, ridding itself as best it can of the types of hotels and bars that attract that crowd and sending strong messages that spring breakers are more welcome elsewhere. In fact, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau recently issued a news release titled “Great Fort Lauderdale says goodbye to spring break.”
“The future looks bright for Broward’s number one industry, tourism, and the 131,000 Broward hospitality employees,” says Nicki E. Grossman, president, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “And we’ve done it with dedicated staff, targeted marketing and not returning to the spring break of the past.”
In another release, the bureau states: “Today, Spring Break has been transformed into beach chic. Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Blue Wave beaches – so certified for their outstanding beauty and cleanliness – have been complemented by upscale hotels and a wide variety of top attractions and activities. Casual yet sophisticated, Greater Fort Lauderdale is South Florida’s renaissance story.”
While the area may not be as rowdy as it once was, it is still active. Fort Lauderdale offers countless opportunities for watersports activities, including kayaking, stand-up paddling, jet skiing, parasailing, wakeboarding, biking, fishing, boating, scuba diving and much more.
“With its makeover from a college student Mecca to a tonier clientele complete, Fort Lauderdale has been transformed into a Beach Chic destination,” the Convention & Visitors Bureau says. “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.”
So, what are the eight beaches of the Fort Lauderdale area? The Bureau lists them as: Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Pompano Beach, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea (which includes North Beach and South Beach), Fort Lauderdale Beach, Dania Beach, Hollywood Beach and Hallandale Beach.
The Beaches of Fort Lauderdale
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