Fort Lauderdale Beach
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Fort Lauderdale Beach is a thin strip of sand bordered by a shadeless but attractive boardwalk and pretty wave wall. The wave wall opens up to the beach at each intersection, graced by a white swirl. The ocean is a vibrant aquamarine color from a distance. Up close, it is clear yet with a strange brownish hue not seen at other South Florida beaches. Is this because of the 700,000 tires dumped off shore? Or pollution from the cruise ships coming into the harbor? Despite the color, a swim is lovely at this beach.
Condos that have had better days fill the side streets of Atlantic Blvd, the street that runs alongside the beach. The crowd that congregates on the beach is not the most attractive, either. And there are a fair number of sleezy guys out to hit on girls.
There are a number of restaurants opposite the beach along Atlantic Avenue, from surf 'n turf style ones to classy brasseries. The view is amazing, though the noise from the traffic is very loud.If you walk south on the boardwalk you come to the Sheraton Beach Hotel, which looks like a cruise ship stranded on the sand. Here there are a ton of sand volleyball courts and young people gather on the weekend to play. The beach is wider here and there are even some wispy pine trees creating shade by the picnic tables back from the beach. A multi-colored playground in the sand makes for a nice spot for kids to climb. And there are even basketball courts in the sand! The feel here is fun, setting the mood for your holiday!While in Fort Lauderdale, check out the Museum of Discovery and Science- it's incredible! Just outside the museum is a great little area with restaurants and walks along the river called Old Fort Lauderdale/Riverwalk/Riverfront.
For another gorgeous beach, visit Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, a ten minute drive to the north.
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Fort Lauderdale Beach runs along Atlantic Blvd between Sunrise Blvd and Holiday Dr. A wave wall and boardwalk runs the entire length of the beach. You can park in metered stalls that require quarters along the side streets at the north end of the beach or park in the huge parking lot (the green patch on the map) beside the sand on the south end of the beach. These parking lots have meters that allow credit cards and give you a receipt to put in your car.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.