Las Olas Beach#3 in Best Things To Do in Fort Lauderdale
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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 ages. Beach amenities are not as plentiful as those offered at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park; however, visitors have access to beach chair and water sports equipment rentals, restrooms and metered parking. Restaurants, bars and shops are also available across the street.
Reviewers rave about this beach's clean sand and clear water, although some cautioned that the area can get a bit rowdy at night, especially when college students are in town for spring break. Police officers are always present, though, and alcohol and loud music are never permitted. If you tire of sunbathing or swimming, a few travelers suggest taking a stroll along the paved esplanade up to Fort Lauderdale Beach.
This beach welcomes visitors 24 hours a day and can be reached by car or the No. 11 or 40 bus. Another option is to take Sun Trolley's Las Olas Link or Beach Link trolley, or you can walk from nearby hotels, such as The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale.
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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.
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