Greater Fort Lauderdale’s 24-mile stretch of golden, sandy shores features different beaches on nearly every block and vibrant cities and towns with a vibe all their own. Whether you want to be in the heart of the action in Fort Lauderdale or prefer a spot where you can go fishing or diving, Greater Fort Lauderdale has a beach for everyone under the sun.
While the weather app isn’t the most reliable at predicting rain showers, if you want to scout for the best beach for the day, then you’re in luck. Live beach webcams show off real-time views over Greater Fort Lauderdale’s beaches, including the promenade along Fort Lauderdale Beach, the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, and Deerfield Beach’s award-winning Blue Wave beach.
If you’re wondering what’s going on out west in the “River of Grass,” take a glance at the Everglades Holiday Park camera to see airboats gliding through the water and perhaps even a gator.
With consistently warm weather, Greater Fort Lauderdale is a year-round destination with a beach to suit every style. If you want a calm and relaxing beach day, visit one of the local favorites, like Dania Beach or Hillsboro Beach. Find thrilling adventures at Pompano Beach or Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, where you can enjoy snorkeling or diving through wrecks and reefs. And for something on the livelier side with slews of restaurants, bars, and live entertainment, Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood beaches are the places to go.
Greater Fort Lauderdale extends from the coastal communities along the east coast to the neighborhoods bordering the Everglades out west, with a total of 31 cities and towns—each with its own charm and attractions, and all a quick ride (or walk) away from the beach.
Along the A1A Scenic Highway, you'll find nine beach communities – as north as Deerfield Beach, home of the famous international fishing pier, and as south as Hallandale, a laid-back spot for boating and fishing. Further west, you can explore shopping mecca Sunrise, where Sawgrass Mills resides, or Old West-style Davie, which contains an array of outdoor attractions like the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds.
Greater Fort Lauderdale has earned its nickname as the Venice of America thanks to its 300 miles of inland waterways crisscrossing through the area. You can explore the mansion and yacht-lined Intracoastal in various ways: on a luxury yacht, paddleboard, Water Taxi, or Las Olas Gondola, complete with a gondolier dressed in a striped shirt.
March through October is sea turtle nesting season in Greater Fort Lauderdale, where 90% of the nesting takes place in Florida. So if you’re strolling along the sand, keep an eye out for nests—they’ll be well-marked, thanks to the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program. Unfortunately, the odds aren’t exactly in the hatchlings’ favor (only one in 1,000 survive), so they need all the help they can get—meaning the less they’re disturbed, the better.
Hopping into your car, you can check out nine of our beach communities that are located along the A1A Scenic Highway. The 32 miles of now-paved road have been a part of this region’s history for centuries from Native American routes to pioneer trails. Today, you can stroll down one of four piers, explore nature including two state parks, indulge in a variety of restaurants, and of course, don’t forget the beach that’s just steps away.
If you’re looking to electrify your vacation and really treat yourself, professional racecar driver and television racing commentator Townsend Bell has designed four luxury tours for you. With so many things to do in Fort Lauderdale, the stellar lineups include an unforgettable fishing trip, a race around the track ending with a visit to the first-ever guitar hotel, a delicious dock and dine experience, and a helicopter ride to the hockey game.