Beaches in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Concierge.com's insider take:
Fort Lauderdale's 23 miles of beaches are, of course, its prime draw. It's usually easy to stake out a spot on the wide sands, hemmed in by swaying palm trees and a low-rise, wavy white wall (the inset strip of neon lighting that has long languished in disrepair has finally been switched back on); if the main drag's busy, head south, as the beach widens in that direction. The water here has been certified Blue Wave for its cleanliness and safety, and there aren't many risky riptides. As for facilities, look for showers at the end of Las Olas Boulevard and restrooms at the junction with Sunrise Boulevard; the unofficial gay beach is around Sebastian Street.