For a small, walkable beach to visit while in Greater Fort Lauderdale, choose Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. The relaxing, casual town has the breezy atmosphere of a seaside village, mid-century modern architecture, and lowrise-only development reflecting the charming style of Old Florida.
The beach is the heart of things to do and see in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Anglins Fishing Pier is a top attraction open 24 hours a day featuring a bait shop, cafe, and occasional live music performances. Extending more than 900 feet over the Atlantic, it’s beloved both by anglers who want to cast their lines and sightseers who stroll out to enjoy the ocean air.
Public parks and oceanfront spaces are favorites for visitors and locals alike. El Prado Park is the area’s most popular beachfront park and the Beach Pavilion is another restful spot for people watching with an ocean view. Lined with Adirondack chairs and boat benches, you can sit and take it easy between beach activities or shopping in Anglin’s Square.
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is Florida’s Beach Diving Capital. Just 100 yards from the beach is the first reef of a three-tiered natural coral reef system. This proximity means visitors can swim out from shore to go snorkeling or even scuba diving and explore the diverse ocean habitat.
Don’t miss out on fun events in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. For the Fourth of July, the holiday kicks off with a parade in the morning, family-friendly gatherings all day, and caps off with a fireworks display launched from the beach at El Prado Park. Later in July, the town welcomes a two-day lobster season with BugFest-By-The-Sea which features lobster diving competitions, seminars, cooking demos, parties, concerts, and more. The last week of October brings Boo-By-The-Sea, a trick-or-tricking event for kids 3 to 11 years old. And, from late fall through spring, be on the lookout for the farmers market at El Prado Park and free dancing lessons at the Beach Pavilion.
For breakfast, pastries, and a cup of coffee, stop by Bean and Barnacle in the Plunge Beach Hotel. Casual restaurants near Anglins Pier include Anglin’s Beach Cafe for breakfast classics, seafood, and Greek-style dishes; and Aruba Beach Cafe for a surf-and-turf menu and weekday happy hour specials. For a classy yet casual restaurant, try 101 Ocean featuring a large outdoor bar, or head to Sea Watch on the Ocean, an old time Florida seafood restaurant with sweeping ocean views.
Places to stay in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea are all within walking distance of the beach. Boutique hotels and resorts on the beach include Plunge Beach Hotel and the Sea Lord Hotel & Suites. The recently renovated High Noon Resort has two heated pools with palm-covered umbrellas and tropical landscaping. For rooms with kitchens, perhaps 4145 By the Sea Inn & Suites or the Sea Cliff Hotel will suit you. The Courtyard Villa on the Ocean has quiet and well-appointed rooms with French doors that open to private balconies; while the top-rated Beachside Village Resort serves light breakfast on weekdays and offers guests free beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, and outdoor sports equipment.