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  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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    5.0
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    4.5
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    4.5

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Want a beautiful Florida beach without a crazy party scene? Fort Lauderdale Beach may be just what you're looking for. Here you'll find a calmer and less chaotic version of Miami Beach – but with the same sugary sands and crystal clear water. There are still parties, but you're more likely to find families relaxing or leisurely walking the waterline than raucous groups of college kids. Backing the shoreline, the palm tree-lined promenade bustles with visitors looking to shop and dine in the many establishments along it. There are also beach chair and water sports equipment rentals near the shore. 

Recent visitors loved Fort Lauderdale Beach for its wide, expansive shoreline, with some noting that even when there were a lot of people, it didn't feel crowded. Many were also impressed with how clean the beach is, adding that its calm waters make it a great place to bring kids.

There is no charge to enter the beach, but on-site parking will cost you $1.75 per hour. Sun Trolley's Las Olas Link and Beach Link routes also stop by the beach, or you can take the No. 11 or 40 bus to one of the stops along North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and hotels such as the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach and the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort are within walking distance as well. The beach welcomes visitors 24 hours a day. To learn more, check out the City of Fort Lauderdale's website.

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Green Island Inn

Green Island Inn ...

  • 0.8 Miles Away
  • 2.5-star Hotel Class
Lafayette Motel

Lafayette Motel ...

  • 0.5 Miles Away
  • 2.0-star Hotel Class
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#1 Fort Lauderdale Beach Want a beautiful Florida beach without a crazy party scene? Fort Lauderdale Beach may be just what you're looking for. Here you'll find a calmer and less chaotic ... Read more » Philipp Walter / EyeEm / Getty Images

#2 Fort Lauderdale Beach Park Located less than a mile south of Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Beach Park beckons to families who want to spend their beach day doing more than just lounging and ... Read more » Serenthos / iStock / Getty Images

#3 Las Olas Beach Head north from Fort Lauderdale Beach Park or east on Las Olas Boulevard and you'll find Las Olas Beach, a small stretch of sand that attracts beachgoers of all ... Read more » Mark Lewis / Getty Images

#4 Hugh Taylor Birch State Park Located a few blocks north of Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park's position between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean makes it a fun ... Read more » Doug Waldron / Flickr

#5 Boat Tours One of the best ways to take in your surroundings is to sign up for a boat tour. Fort Lauderdale boat operators offer a variety of ways to get out ... Read more » Meinzahn / iStock / Getty Images

#6 Las Olas Boulevard Diverse restaurants, 10 international art galleries and dozens of retail options line Las Olas Boulevard. But while casual walkers and window shoppers enjoy soaking in the Floridian atmosphere and overall ... Read more » benedek / iStock / Getty Images

#7 Bonnet House Museum & Gardens This house sitting between the Intracoastal Waterway and Fort Lauderdale Beach has a long romantic history. In 1919, a wealthy settler gave the 35-acre property (named after the bonnet lily ... Read more » Lisa Jacobs / Flickr

#8 Sawgrass Recreation Park Take an airboat tour of the Florida Everglades at Sawgrass Recreation Park and prepare to be amazed (or scared) by the close-up vistas of alligators and other creatures. You can ... Read more » Jaimie Tuchman / iStock / Getty Images

#9 Museum of Discovery and Science If it's a rainy day and you need an indoor activity that will appeal to the kids, take them to the Museum of Discovery and Science. The museum is ... Read more » erluko / Flickr

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# Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum Read more » Bertimann / iStock / Getty Images

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Even though the beach can get busy at times, many recent visitors said they enjoyed lounging on Fort Lauderdale Beach's long, expansive shorelines. Philipp Walter / EyeEm / Getty Images

At Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, visitors have access to public facilities like grills, outdoor showers and picnic tables. Serenthos / iStock / Getty Images

The aptly named Las Olas Beach sits within steps of Las Olas Boulevard, making it a popular spot to sunbathe and go for a swim. Mark Lewis / Getty Images

It's hard to miss Hugh Taylor Birch State Park's impressive banyan trees. Doug Waldron / Flickr

One of the best ways to see Fort Lauderdale's waterways is to sign up for a boat tour. Meinzahn / iStock / Getty Images

One of Fort Lauderdale's premier thoroughfares, Las Olas Boulevard is lined with both new and classic Floridian architecture. It's also one of the top places to go out at night. benedek / iStock / Getty Images

What was once a home for newlyweds is now the intricately-designed Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, a property featuring various works of art and wildlife within its gardens. Lisa Jacobs / Flickr

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