If your idea of a perfect day at the beach is a day full of action-packed fun, then Fort Lauderdale beach is for you. With a mix of swanky restaurants, shops, and hotels combined with opportunities for beach volleyball, jet skiing, snorkeling, parasailing, fishing, and much more, there’s plenty to do on and off the beach.
Once you’ve arrived at the beach, stroll the famous Fort Lauderdale Beachfront Promenade to scope out the area and decide where you’ll set up for the day. A wave wall stretches two miles along the promenade and makes for a nice photo opt with the ocean in the background.
Activities abound with vendors up and down the beach offering all you’ll need. You can rent everything from boats to bicycles from businesses like Fun Center Fort Lauderdale, and they’ll even take you on tours via Segway or WaveRunner. Aloha Watersports is another rental company for watersports equipment suitable for parasailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and a whole lot more.
Also check out Beach Ventures for SEABOB adventures where you’ll glide under and above the water by an underwater jet ski, Sunrise Paddleboards for kayaks and paddleboards, SUP PUP for tours and yoga on stand-up paddleboards, and Hang Loose Surf School for surfing lessons.
If you’re itching to go beyond the beach and explore the ocean waters further, there are plenty of opportunities to test out your sea legs. Families and kids will love Bluefoot Pirate Adventures where you’ll set sail on a real pirate ship for a treasure hunt led by a captain. Coastal Yacht Tours and YOLO Boat Rentals are excellent options for special occasions where you want to enjoy the luxury of your own yacht to sip champagne and eat caviar.
Fort Lauderdale beach has events popping up all the time. Music lovers won’t want to miss the three-day Tortuga Music Festival in April or the Riptide Music Festival in late November. You can celebrate the holidays at events like the Great American Beach Party for Memorial Day weekend, 4th of July Spectacular, and Light Up the Beach in November. Other signature events include the Fort Lauderdale Air Show in May, Pride Fort Lauderdale Beach Festival and Parade in February, and the A1A Marathon & Half Marathon in February.
When hunger strikes, take your pick of restaurants ranging from casual and family friendly to upscale and refined. Get laid-back, beachside seafood at Bo’s Beach or Lulu’s Bait Shack. Head to 3030 Ocean Restaurant, DUNE, Steak 954 or Takato for elegant dining with exquisite views and an excellent wine selection. For a memorable meal followed by late-night drinks, Casablanca Café or Spazio are top picks.
As a world-class destination, there are plenty of hotels along Fort Lauderdale beach that make it easy to go from your bed to the beach in just minutes. Among the luxury lodging options are The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale and Lago Mar Resort & Club. Chic and contemporary places to stay include B Ocean Resort, where the onsite restaurant features a mermaid show, and Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach.