Especially popular with divers and snorkelers, this laid-back stretch of sand provides great access to lovely coral reefs. When you're not underwater, look up and you'll likely see a pelican flying by. Gentle trade winds make this an utterly relaxing retreat from the hubbub of Fort Lauderdale's busier beaches. That said, the southern part of the beach at Commercial Blvd. and A1A is often busy due to a concentrated number of restaurants at the intersection, including the wildly popular Aruba Beach Cafe. Going north from Commerical Blvd. the beach is lined with no-frills hotels and small inns for families and vacationers visiting Fort Lauderdale for longer periods of time, mainly Europeans. Look for metered parking around Commercial Blvd. and A1A. Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards; parking (fee). Best for: solitude; snorkeling; swimming.
Commercial Blvd. at Hwy. A1A, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida, United States