7 Best Beaches In Fort Lauderdale You Don't Want To Miss

Best Beaches In Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is set on the southeastern coast of Florida and is known for its beautiful beaches. The city features twenty-four miles of oceanfront sand for you to enjoy while vacationing. The best beaches in Fort Lauderdale include Deerfield Beach, Hallandale Beach, and a number of others. 

Whether you’re looking for a place to relax or have an adventure on the water, there are many different beaches to choose from depending on what type of experience you’re looking for. Check out our list of the 7 best beaches around Fort Lauderdale that stand out above the rest.

1) Las Olas Beach

When visiting Fort Lauderdale, you might be interested in sitting on the beach and relaxing. Las Olas Beach is large and clean, with palm trees that are the perfect backdrop for any photos you want to take.

The beach features plenty of convenient parking options, making it easy to get from your car to the water. There are chairs and umbrellas available at the beach if you are looking for a place to relax.

2) Drive A Short Ways To Access Hallandale Beach And South City Beach Park

If you are willing to consider greater Fort Lauderdale beaches, rather than only considering those set right in Fort Lauderdale, visit Hallandale Beach and South City Beach Park. Every direction that you look is beautiful at this beach.

The park offers metered parking, picnic areas, bocce courts, beachfront concessions, and other features that make it enjoyable to visit:

  • Public restrooms

  • Showers

  • Open air pavilion

3) Experience Calm At Hillsboro Beach

If you want to visit a quieter beach option in the Fort Lauderdale area, check out Hillsboro Beach. Set on a peninsula, this beach provides you with the chance to sit on the sand and relax. You can spend a day at this beach, sharing a picnic with your family or searching for sea turtles. 

There is a designated space for swimming at the beach, as well. Deerfield Beach is located nearby with lifeguard towers and sand volleyball opportunities.

4) Experience Clear Waters And A Perfect Sandy Beach At Pompano Beach

While in Fort Lauderdale, you do not want to miss Pompano Beach and the beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean that you get there. Located near Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Pompano Beach offers access to three miles of sand and warm water that will beg you to take time to relax.

Pompano Beach is family-friendly and offers walkways and watersport activities. The park also features picnic setups and outdoor fitness equipment.

North Ocean Park is also available in the area and features a lighthouse in view for great photography opportunities.

5) Spend Time Exploring Dania Beach

Whether you are looking to sit and relax or spend time fishing, you will enjoy all that Dania beach offers when visiting Fort Lauderdale. The pier at this beach offers you the chance to clean any fish that you catch or enjoy a special meal prepared for you at the on-site restaurant.

Walk along the trails at this park, or spend time sitting on a bench and simply enjoying the view. This is the perfect beach to visit alone or with your family.

6) Visit The Popular Hollywood Beach

If you are seeking the best beaches that South Florida and Fort Lauderdale have to offer, consider Hollywood Beach. This beach offers various water activities that you can take on, and the area around it offers parks, theaters, and luxury hotels to check out.

There are multiple access points for this beach, allowing you to get to it easily. There is a broadwalk here that runs over two miles along the ocean.

7) Visit Fort Lauderdale Beach

A public beach set right in Fort Lauderdale, this beach is one that you can access easily and enjoy with your family. The beach itself is large enough to offer space to all who gather there, and it features plenty of parking, as well.

The sand at Fort Lauderdale Beach is white and beautiful, and the water is clear. The beach is the perfect place to sit and relax or spend time walking.

The Beaches In Fort Lauderdale Are Definitely One Of The Best

We can fill up any extra time that you have available while in Broward County with paddle boarding and kayaking experiences. We offer snorkel gear and electric bike rentals when you have been to all of Fort Lauderdale’s beaches and you are ready to try something new.

Contact us for Fort Lauderdale water sports equipment rentals and lessons after visiting Fort Lauderdale Beach, and plan an adventure that will leave you with many great memories.

When visiting the best beaches in Fort Lauderdale, know that we can give you an experience you will remember. Book your next adventure today!

Group Size
no limit

Birthdays * Groups * Bachelorettes

Paddle for FREE on your Birthday. (ID Required)
Call (305) 879-4220 for Group Rates!

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2 hours
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At least 1

Island City ECO Paddle Lesson and Tour

We make it Fun and EASY to LEARN how to Stand Up Paddle Board and want our Prospective Guest to know that it is easier then it looks.

Sunrise Paddleboard Guides twist and turn past Manors and Mangroves on this adventurous Journey along “Island City” incorporated in 1947. It is bordered on the north by the North Fork of the Middle River and the city of Oakland Park; to the south, the boundaries include the South Fork of the Middle River and the city of Fort Lauderdale; the westernmost boundary reaches Interstate 95; and the eastern terminus of the city limits extend to Federal Highway (US 1) and the Sunrise Paddleboard Showroom. Your Journey will start from our Middle River Showroom conveniently located on Federal Highway.

We have a restroom for changing, indoor storage (no lockers), outdoor shower, free parking and a Healthy Restaurant (Mya Papaya) that serves Smoothie's, Kombucha, Beer, Wine, Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, and Entrees with healthier choices. Our Showroom location features a variety of Stand up Paddle Boards and Accessories for those who become hooked on the sport. We have sold 1000's of boards and proudly offer some of the lowest pricing on Stand Up Paddle Boards in the SUP Industry.

Your Guide will start off with some quick pointers and launch you into the Knee Position. Once you establish you're able to steer and control the direction of the board; then you will be ready to Stand Up. The entire Voyage is great practice for First Timers as your Guide will provide Instructions along the way for those needing assistance or just give the advice to improve your technique. Experienced Paddlers and Locals are equally Informed as we provide Demos of our Skills and Teach everyone how to Navigate are winding River. We welcome those who learn our routes and return with friends to ultimately lead their own expeditions on the same routes. Due to popular demand, we highly suggest booking in advance. The River offers incredible landscapes and scenery like nothing else in the world.

Trip Advisor says the only way to travel the waterways to really see things up close and personal is by Sunrise Paddleboards and we agree! That was our intention from day one and we couldn't be happier to have a 95% Excellent Customer Satisfaction rating from third-party vendor surveys. Island City ECO Tour travels to a 9.3 acre nature preserve with plenty of tropical palms, birds, marine life, iguanas, and mangroves for your eye candy.

Other Tours we offer will journey from Fort Lauderdale’s Barrier Island to the Riverfront in Las Olas with professional and friendly guides is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence for tourists. However, you would be surprised to know how many locals repeat the Tour as it changes every day.

We may navigate different routes based on current, wind conditions, and other factors to make the tour safe, fun, and inviting for all ages.

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16 to 22 hours
Group Size
no limit

SUPSmart Certification Course for Novice or Beginners

The SUPSmart Certification Course is perfect for Novice or Beginners wanting a complete education on Stand Up Paddle Boarding from learning about the equipment and accessories to situational paddling with variations that will allow you to practice the skills we teach you. Our course is in chronological order making it Fun and Easy to Learn starting with very basic techniques and growing into advanced paddling. Participants MUST complete all Sessions to receive the Certificate of Completion.

My/Our course evolved from over 12 years of experience. My Team and I have trained over 100,000s of Beginners or First Timers. Every 1 of our Guides have completed the course which will Qualify you to become a Guide. I/We are so confident in what will teach you that we offer an OPTIONAL Return Of Your Amount Paid in the form of work and or “Guide Compensation”. How or Why? Just look at all the activities we offer. We have peek seasons that require additional help and who better to call upon then our own Trained and Certified VIP Members. Don't worry, it is 100% optional and we don't expect all participants to want to be a Guide, but for those who do then we look forward to utilizing your newly acquired skills. Participants are guaranteed compensation as a Guide working directly with our Team if you wish to earn Part-Time Income. I will personally guarantee paying you earnings exceeding your Investment as long as you are willing and able.

Brian E. Galton, Founder

1 - History of SUP/course overview
2 - Terminology
Techniques and Maneuvers
3 - Board Parts and Paddle Parts
4 - Pre-paddle Safety and Preparation
Loading and Unloading Board(s) on a Vehicle
Roof Rack Options
Local Launch Options
Rules for Beach Launching and Launch Zones
Tide Tables and Charting Ocean Paddling
Understanding Weather
Optional methods for lifting board on Dock and Seawalls
Avoiding Hazardous Objects (Seawalls and Docks)
How To Escape a Rip Current
Overall Trip Planning (Fuel, Mobile Phone, Hydration, Route Sharing)
5 - Waterway Cleanups
6 - Quick Lesson and Practice
Avoiding Seawalls and Docks (Barnacles)
Learning To Stand Up
How To Fall and Get Back on SUP
Prone, Knee, and Standing Positions
Paddle Techniques: Forward (T-Grip) and Reverse

Session 2: Flat Water Paddle (Island City ECO Paddle and Lesson) - 2 Hours Comfortably Paced
Board and Paddle Preparation
Using Tie Downs
Hand Signals
Buddy Tow
How To Spot Manatee
How To Identify Birds

Session 3: Intracoastal Paddling (Venice Of America and Seven Isles) - 2 Hours
No Wake Zones
Speed Signs
Manatee Season
Low and High Tides / King Tides

Session 4: Ocean Paddle (Reef Snorkel & Ocean Paddle Adventure Lauderdale-By-The-Sea) - 2 Hours
Dive Flag Rules
Pier, Moorings, Buoys, and Boats
Jelly Fish
Identifying Marine Life
Locations To Snorkel

Session 5: Distance Paddling and Touring (7 Mile Paddle) - Guided 3 – 4 Hours Paddling at Comfortable Pace
Practice Everything Learned

Session 6: SUP YOGA - 90 Minute Class with Certified YOGA Instructor
Beginners to Intermediate Poses

Session 7: Paddle Board Fitness - 60 Minutes with Fitness Instructor
How to Use a Board for Strength and Endurance Training

Session 8: Night Paddling (Full Moon Paddle) - 3 Hours
Preparing Board for Night Paddle
Participation as a Guide
Refreshments Celebration

Session 9: Course Final and Bonus Paddle
Sup Smart Certificate of Completion
VIP Memberships Perks
Shirt and Bucket
How to Select a Board including Construction, Sizes, and Purposes
SUP Accessories 101
Bonus: One Way Ticket to Paradise and Wristband for Bonnet House Grounds

Cancelation and Refund Policies
NOTE: All times are approxiamate for each session and will vary depending on your participation. Each Session can and will be scheduled to meet your convenience. Upon scheduling your first session, we will adapt a schedule that works best for you. If for any reason we cannot adapt to your schedule during this first session then a full refund can be requested and will be honored as long as it is done prior to the 2nd session. Any requested Refunds after the 2nd session begins will have $200 deducted from the amount paid for each session already completed and after 5 sessions No Refunds are permitted.

1 to 2 hours
Group Size
1 to 4

Pickleball Experience

Our Pickleball Experience makes it FUN and EASY to LEARN and provides a great way for those curious to decide if this is your new favorite activity. There is a reason why Pickleball has become the fastest growing sport in the USA*.

Your Pickleball Experience will include:
1. Teaching you the Basic Rules as described and for your advanced review including scoring, serving, positions, court etiquette and
USA PICKLEBALL OFFICIAL RULEBOOK: https://usapickleball.org/docs/USA-Pickleball-Official-Rulebook-v8-14-2023.pdf
2. An Instructor to practice and coach you towards improving your techniques
3. Development using our training machine with pickleball drills that humans cannot match, and many experts agree is the best:
Pickleball Tutor is the World’s #1 selling pickleball machine and our Pickleball Tutor Plus with a remote is recognized as an elite machine:
The Tutor Plus packs in all the features you need for a rounded practice session. We can load it with 110 pickleballs and set it to shoot them
with topspin and backspin at up to 65 mph. It also offers manual elevation so you can practice a whole range of shots from slow, high
volleys to quick dink exchanges and third shot drops.
4. Guest are encouraged to bring own Paddle, but we carry a limited number of extras and are happy to provide one by request. Please let your Instructor know and include your request upon making the reservation.

Depending on your level of experience and request, your Coach will customize an experience to meet your skill set. Whether you are a beginner wanting to practice basic shots or an experienced player who wants a challenge, then we will customize the experience for you.

*In 2021, 2022 and 2023, the sport was named the fastest-growing sport in the United States by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, and by 2023 it was estimated to have over 4.8 million players. The growing popularity of the sport has been attributed to its short learning curve, its appeal to a wide range of ages and fitness levels, and its low startup costs. Pickleball is a racket or paddle sport in which two (singles) or four (doubles) players hit a perforated, hollow plastic ball with paddles over a 34-inch-high (0.86 m) net until one side is unable to return the ball or commits an infraction. Pickleball is played indoors and outdoors.

0:60 to 2:30 hours
Group Size
At least 2

Reef Snorkel & Ocean Paddle Adventure Lauderdale-By-The-Sea


We will meet at our designated Beach location and prepare the boards with all the gear including Stand Up Paddle Board, Life Jacket, Mask, Snorkel, and Fins. This is NOT a SUP Lesson, however our Instructors will brief and train you on proper ocean paddle boarding techniques, snorkeling basics, and marine safety before leading you out to the Reef System. You may float attached to your board or we will moor the boards together and begin a “drift dive” over gorgeous multicolored corals and wide variety of marine life! Your Guide will search for cool species. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is considered to be one of the Best Beach Dive Areas in the World and is 2nd only to the Great Barrier Reef as the most visited in the World.

72 Hour Cancellation Notice is Required and Reservations canceled within 24 hours of event start time cannot be refunded due to our limited capacity of the guest. If the trip is canceled due to weather or rough conditions; then you may choose to reschedule or be refunded. Due to popular demand, we highly suggest booking in advance.

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