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Fort Lauderdale Beach

Central Beach, Fort Lauderdale
208 Tips and reviews
  • beach
  • scenic views
  • people watching
  • margaritas
  • seafood
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  • Carl K.
    Carl KruseSeptember 28, 2016
    Nice beach within walking distance to hotels and shops. You can see coconut trees and palm trees. Sea water is crystal clear. They have chairs and umbrellas for rent if you want. I loved Fort Beach.
  • Valerie G.
    Valerie GoodfellowAugust 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Please watch out for the baby sea turtles and nesting mothers. It is illegal to touch or take flash photos of either white lights are prohibited on the beach Feb-Oct so bring a red flashlight
  • Seasons 52
    Seasons 52July 26, 2013
    Besides laying on the beach, you can also go parasailing, deep sea fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving. Tons of great shops and restaurants around the area you must explore.
  • Amanda H.
    Amanda HortonAugust 14, 2015
    Make sure to stop by the Q shop! There are some extremely unique apparel options there, and if you check-in they'll throw in a 10% off discount! Show them my four square.
  • Paula S.
    Paula SantosMarch 23, 2013
    If you want to people watch then you should park yourself near Las Olas Blvd. If you want a more quiet Beach head on up near Sunrise Blvd. Love it either way.
  • Rafael P.
    Rafael PineiroSeptember 1, 2013
    I'm an idiot for not coming here at least once a month. The water is clear. The sand is super nice. And tip: easy access by parking first public parking by Bahia Mar.
  • Amy K.
    Amy KilcoyneSeptember 2, 2012
    Best spot on the beach for large parties. It's first come first serve so come early! There is a playground there as well. By far the best family spot
  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JurczynskiJune 2, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    $1.50 per hr parking... right next to beach but farther away from restaurants. A lot cheaper parking & very peaceful :)
  • Amber G.
    Amber GuildnerJanuary 22, 2014
    An all day pass for the city bus is only $4. Grab lunch at one of the fine restaurants on las olas blvd and catch the bus down to the beach so u don't have to deal with parking or a lot of walking
  • Joan C.
    Joan CartwrightJuly 24, 2010
    After a nice cool beer, get in your car and turn right at the Dive Bar corner and head for the best beach on the planet just below the Pelican Hotel where they have terrific food in the restaurant. Read more
  • Valerie G.
    Valerie GoodfellowJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Please be aware of sea turtle nests marked off by caution tape there are baby sea turtles growing underground. When walking at night keep an eye out for nesting mothers and do not disturb them
  • Caio S.
    Caio SilvaOctober 9, 2014
    Very nice beach with a lot bars and places to eat. Also beautiful and very gorgeuos view.
  • Valerie G.
    Valerie GoodfellowAugust 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Please watch for nesting turtles Feb-Oct! Do not go near the nesting mothers or their nest disturbing either is a felony. No white lights are allowed on the beach at night so bring a red flashlight
  • Solavei M.
    Fort Lauderdale Bahia Mar yatching center host the world largest international boat and yacht shows, this spectacular event happens in october hosting some of the biggest names in boast and yachts.
  • Robin L.
    Robin LeighbuchananOctober 18, 2012
    Wonderful sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, perfect for visitors, and for locals like me to relax, and enjoy the beauty around us.
  • Kimberly M.
    Kimberly MenaDecember 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure you are here by 11 am for prime parking. When you're hungry make sure to stop by Sonic Beach to grab a bite
  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JurczynskiApril 5, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Great walking, restaurants and shops for about 2 miles on Las Olas. *Dog Friendly
  • Mariesther S.
    Mariesther SifuentesOctober 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice beach, warm water, and there's not much people as in South Beach in Miami, I really enjoyed here!
  • Dale N.
    Dale NicholsDecember 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    When position yourself for working on your tan take in consideration how the building shadows will block your afternoon sun!
  • Paulo C.
    Paulo CastroJuly 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    It is a great beach during weekdays, but it can get a bit crowded during the weekend. Don't even try it during Spring Break
  • Ozy O.
    Ozy OzyMay 15, 2014
    the beach is very long,clear and white sands..quite beach .is not like miami.but they are many restaurants around..good margaritas afternoon:)
  • Ana R.
    Ana RodriguezJanuary 22, 2013
    Don't go right in front of Beach Place, go a block south in front of RokBar and you'll have more space
  • Rajlaxmi S.
    Rajlaxmi SoramOctober 20, 2014
    Very....beautiful place..and I really enjoyed the cool sea breeeze in evening...simply the best.!!!
  • Kevin & Christy H.
    Go check out the. sunrise on the beach....wear your swim trunks. You might be tempted to take a dip...or just go "commando" like me!
  • Mazda
    MazdaOctober 29, 2010
    This beach has a beach wavewall – a flowing, swirling beach wall that extends two miles along the central portion of Fort Lauderdale Beach.
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NilgesDecember 23, 2014
    Beautiful beach. Still some work to do after Sandy but still great for families or whoever.
  • iLove F.
    iLove FOLAJuly 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Go South from here to all the major bars and clubs on the strip. Go North for the low key cool local spots.
  • Didi U.
    Didi UPAugust 11, 2015
    the beach is nice and the street in front is full of restaurants and bars. perfect for partying.
  • Luis P.
    Luis P.July 24, 2015
    44 dollars 2 chairs and the umbrella for the whole day! That's amazing!
  • Marissa L.
    Marissa LMay 18, 2012
    If you're here for more than one day, buy your own chair and umbrella. Otherwise you get taken to the cleaners on chair and umbrella rentals
  • Courtney C.
    Courtney ConklinMarch 19, 2016
    Beautiful beach with lots of authentic restaurants. Really great place to stay!
  • Rob D.
    Rob DJanuary 5, 2012
    Great beach but you have to move north to the life guard stand after about 4 to avoid the shadow cast by the Ritz.
  • Andoni M.
    Andoni Molina-BlancoNovember 23, 2013
    Best beach around Miami area. Good services, less crowded, great waves.
  • Rashad
    RashadMay 14, 2014
    Like I said before and will say it again! Ft. Lauderdale Beach is the best one ever! Once you get that you'll say WOW ;)
  • Hans M.
    Hans MFebruary 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you come with your significant other, bring your sunglasses! Lots to see here! ;-)
  • Michele A.
    Michele Arlotta PorrecaApril 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing!! Could not of asked for a more perfect day for a Concert right in the Ocean.
  • Malcom B.
    Malcom BenitesFebruary 24, 2013
    Plant yourself in front of Rock Bar on Sundays and listen to the house music thump all the way to the shoreline.
  • Cari
    CariDecember 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Clean, well maintained beach. Very shelly though so bring shoes
  • Steve T.
    Steve ThorntonJanuary 22
    Great beach! Lots of good shops around the ocean front!
    Upvoted Mar 8
  • Dave K.
    Dave KoganJune 29, 2013
    So beautiful from the shade of the outdoor deck of Starbucks!
  • Greg B.
    Greg BrombergJanuary 25, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Jogging up and down the main beach section is about 6.50 miles. Get 'er done!
  • Cris C.
    Cris CubaMarch 4, 2014
    Arrive before 11 during spring break and you will find a spot easily.
  • Bob G.
    Bob GreenbergOctober 28, 2016
    Great area. Lot's of bars and restaurants right by the ocean.
  • John K.
    John KaoAugust 21, 2015
    Great for families and not crazy like the South Beach Miami scene.
  • Metro O.
    Metro OwlJuly 19, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    There's a photo booth by the elevators on the first floor of Beach Place! You can easily fit 4 people in there. :-)
  • OngAndrew 翁.
    OngAndrew 翁January 3, 2015
    Beautiful scenic view beach in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • Kim F.
    Kim FellJanuary 26, 2012
    beautiful beach just off the main strip, perfect for a little time in the sun :)
  • Laura
    LauraJanuary 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Come after school or on the weekends and it becomes quite easy to score a free brew or two from the local beach bums
  • Pedro B.
    Pedro BrandaoDecember 27, 2013
    Great Beach, very clean as well, enjoy...
  • Bryan C.
    Bryan CrawfordNovember 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Across the street from Marriott Beach Place Towers is a great place to relax and catch some rays
  • Dane A.
    Dane AndersonApril 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to get away from it all... until your neighbor brings her screaming 2-year-old.
  • Box-it C.
    Box-it Connection !!February 21, 2013
    Art is every where!! Stop and take the time to look..:)
  • mike w.
    mike wiseAugust 23, 2015
  • Kristen Q.
    Kristen QuinnJune 8, 2012
    Chairs are expensive (10 for a chair and 5 more if you want the pad and umbrellas are 20).
  • Dan M.
    Dan MurphyJuly 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    View of North Ft. Lauderdale Beach - from the W-FLL
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan SternNovember 9, 2010
    Follow DJ Excel on twitter @djexcel_spins & for the hottest parties & the best music fort lauderdale has to offer!!
  • Thomas
    ThomasSeptember 18, 2011
    Umbrella is $20.00 bucks or get the guy to move chairs under the palm trees and give at tip
  • SheStreams
    SheStreamsMarch 28, 2012
    Don't miss the opportunity to visit this beautiful beach!
  • Fabricia C.
    Beautiful beach!!!!
  • DeVaria H.
    DeVaria HudsonAugust 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Free valet parking at Atlantic Hotel with restaurant validation.
  • Kira M.
    Kira MaixnerMarch 13, 2015
    One of the best beaches in South Florida! Don't just watch the water, get out on it! Read more
  • Mike S.
    Mike SharpeDecember 29, 2012
    Starting point for the Lauderdale beach! Great people watching.
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick Weber-BaumanApril 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This beach is great for people watching and going swimming. Awesome!
  • Tracey M.
    Tracey McRorieSeptember 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Unbelievable!! Gorgeous... Stick to Atlantic coast it is so much cooler & there are less bugs.
  • Toby L.
    Toby LawrenceMarch 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Gift shops are going out of business. Everything must go. 50-70% off!!
  • Eric
    EricMay 22, 2013
    Very good place. This is my Beach
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    >!}={!< Abby <•($)•>April 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Save time by not even bothering to try and park in the los olas/a1a lot. Its too packed you just get stuck driving in circles.
  • Lindsay L.
    Lindsay LehmanSeptember 1, 2014
    Beautiful views but bring plenty of water. Its hott!!
  • Candice R.
    Candice RiveraJuly 26, 2016
    Love this beach, peaceful and nice to walk around
  • Divina P.
    Bring headphones. It's a lot of traffic passing by
  • Lindsey H.
    Lindsey HeyworthJuly 24, 2010
    If you are a ft laud resident you can go to city parking and get pass for really cheap....
  • Marianne L.
    Marianne LaRoccaMay 1, 2013
    Outdoor dining at the pelican grande is fantastic
  • - Travel Advice for Canadians
    Make your March Break as fun as possible – wear sunblock! Red only looks good on lobsters.
  • Gary W.
    Gary WilsonDecember 31, 2015
    Great atmosphere, great beach. I want to move there soon.
  • Sheena
    SheenaDecember 30, 2011
    Lay out south of H20 cafe to avoid having to chase the sun later in the day
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BolemanApril 7, 2014
    Great beach. Great nightlife.
  • Stephanie
    StephanieJuly 24, 2012
    Check out the bars in downtown they are great!
  • Adelino N.
    Adelino NakanoMarch 31, 2016
    Nice beach but not so calm waves for children
  • Jim S.
    Jim StoutMarch 26, 2014
    Avoid this place during the winter and spring...the snow birds are always flocking here.
  • Ja M.
    Ja MochaMarch 11, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Beach, Restaurants, Nightlife, Shopping...everything in one location
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NilgesDecember 25, 2014
    Still recovering a bit from hurricane sandy but it's still beautiful
  • Jay L.
    Jay LampteyJune 25, 2016
    Relaxing beach, less traffic see the sunrise at 6am.
  • Winnie
    WinnieJanuary 9, 2016
    Lots of people alcohol and music
  • Michael B.
    Michael B.August 12, 2012
    This is a nice place 2 go 2 the beach @ A1A & Las Olas.
  • Rishme S.
    Rishme SheriffNovember 16, 2015
    Beautiful beach and great for bbq
  • Bill G.
    Bill GassettNovember 14, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Great spot to's where all the action is!
  • Deacon A.
    Deacon AlbertoApril 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Sebastian beach good men watching. Awesome bodies
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerJuly 13, 2015
    Warm water, white sands. So good.
  • Michael B.
    Michael B.August 12, 2012
    This is a nice place 2 go 2 the beach & tan.
  • Randy
    RandyMarch 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Nice, quiet beach away from the riff-raff of Commercial Blvd
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel C.October 21, 2011
    Shark sighting 2 feet from shore 10/21/11! Lifeguards evacuated water!
  • Michael B.
    Michael B.August 12, 2012
    This is a nice place 2 go 2 the beach in FLL.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CrockerOctober 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Primanti Brothers Pizza at Sunrise and A1A is open 24hrs!
  • Mike R.
    Mike Rich1 week ago
    1.75 per hour parking . Outdoor shower . Restroom
  • DeVaria H.
    DeVaria HudsonAugust 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    $5 valet parking at The W with restaurant validation.
  • Matt R.
    Matt RoachMarch 31, 2012
    Two blocks off the beach all day parking $3.00
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MastersonNovember 6, 2015
    Really nice beach, love it.
  • Daron B.
    Daron BabinDecember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a Margarita over at Rock Bar!
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MouranieAugust 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Friday afternoon getting prepared to watch the Big Ten champs tonight #GoGreen #GoWhite #Repeat
  • Adrienn K.
    Adrienn K.May 7, 2013
    Fort Lauderdale- beautiful beaches... and more
  • José Eduardo T.
    Praia super agradável para passear de carro ou caminhar pela orla com diversas opções de bares e restaurantes e bem mais tranquilo que Miami. Vale a visita.
  • Maria Ines R.
    Maria Ines RuizApril 11, 2015
    Playa tranquila. El agua es transparente y temperada, Perfecta para un chapuzon luego de dormir bajo el sol en la arena. Llevar monedas para el parquimetro, no acepta billetes sólo $1, $0,25 y $0,10
  • Kleber Jorge
    Kleber JorgeSeptember 5, 2014
    Impossível não retornar... Local com excelente área para a prática de corrida de rua. Bares variados e para todos os gostos.
  • Thiago R.
    Thiago RodriguezFebruary 18, 2016
    é conhecida como a Veneza norte-americana porque tem diversos canais, inclusive, muitas das pessoas que vivem nas casas de frente aos canais utilizam lanchas como meio de transporte.
  • Ronald R.
    Ronald RabelloSeptember 1, 2013
    Bares super transados, marinas e casas a beira mar magnificas!
  • Fernando M.
    Fernando MedeirosSeptember 24, 2014
    Praia linda, gente bonita, ótimos bares e balada latina a noite....muito tranquilo e sem aglomeração...
  • Alejandra C.
    Alejandra C.June 10, 2014
    Las Olas, buen lugar, rico para niños, casi sin olas y precioso
  • Luiz A.
    Luiz ArmanditoJanuary 5, 2014
    Ótimos bares, lojas, ótima infraestrutura e muita acessibilidade.
  • - Conseils de voyage pour les Canadiens
    Pour éviter de devenir rouge comme un homard, enduisez-vous d’écran solaire durant votre semaine de relâche!
  • Daniel G.
    Daniel GulmineSeptember 5, 2013
    Praia muito bonita, muitos bares e lojas.
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