If you’re in South Florida, there are countless beaches in & around Fort Lauderdale that are worth visiting.

The Florida coast has no shortage of prime beachfront property, each offering their own adventure, entertainment and experience.

Four years ago we moved to South Florida and began making the rounds to the nearby beaches.

Here are our top six favorite beaches near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Top Beaches Near Fort Lauderdale

Florida draws thousands of tourists every day with it’s beautiful, clean beaches and subtropical climate.

Lined with palm trees, white sand and blue ocean shores, these beaches near Fort Lauderdale are a must for your South Florida travel bucket list.

Deerfield Beach

Deerfield Beach is an award-winning “Blue Wave” beach, one that you can enjoy without the hassle of large crowds.

There’s a large boardwalk, perfect for family walks.

The Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier allows visitors to come by and fish off the pier directly into the ocean for a very small fee.

They even have a bait & tackle shop where you can rent everything on site.

Pompano Beach

This easy-going vacation spot is just north of Fort Lauderdale.

Enjoy three and a half miles of beautiful, white beaches at Pompano Beach.

Or, not too far from the beach, is Butterfly World, one of the largest butterfly conservatories in the world with more than 5000 butterflies and birds that fly all around.


Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is our favorite little beach town hidden between Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

It’s small town charm attracts people from around the world and offers plenty of restaurants, shops and hotels just minutes from the beach.

Be sure to stop by Sloan’s Ice Cream Shop while you’re there, and take a stroll by the pier where you can watch fishermen.

Fort Lauderdale

This iconic and much beloved beach was once known as the place to go for Spring Break, but has since been renovated into the beautiful family-friendly destination it is today.

There are tons of free, public events on Fort Lauderdale’s beaches, such as the annual Fort Lauderdale Air Show.

We just brought our beach chairs, umbrellas & coolers and had a great afternoon (no tickets required for beach-sitting).

Fort Lauderdale is much more popular amongst tourists around the world, but is absolutely stunning and well worth the crowds.

Our favorite Sunday brunch spots are there: S3, Burlock Coast and Casablanca Cafe.

After a nice long brunch (and a few cocktails), the whole family can enjoy an afternoon of people watching on the walk down the beach.

Dania Beach

Antique lovers will be delighted by the array of shops along Federal Highway (U.S. 1) near Dania Beach, both north and south of Dania Beach Boulevard.

End your shopping trip on the beach, with parking right up front (huge bonus points if you’re taking the kids & all their gear to the beach).

The Dania Beach Bar and Grill is settled along the shore with fun, live music on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Hollywood Beach

Hollywood Beach has a little bit of everything.

Easily access the beach from the two and a half mile long Hollywood Beach Boardwalk. Children can play in the sand just steps away from beachside restaurants, allowing parents the chance to kick back and relax.

Not to forget, the nearby main street has plenty of hip & trendy restaurants to enjoy, many of which have received excellent ratings.

Enjoy the Sunshine State!