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Neighborhoods: Fort Lauderdale Beach

Check out what makes this area a unique part of Fort Lauderdale.


When the 1960 film “Where the Boys Are” was released, everyone was flocking to Fort Lauderdale Beach for Spring Break. Decades later, the beaches are still packed with college students looking for the ultimate Spring Break experience. Just across the street from the beach is the main drag of bars, restaurants, and hotels. Elbo Room, open since 1935, is an iconic beach bar that has seen the ebb and flow of Fort Lauderdale Beach. At Beach Place, is home to Fat Tuesdays, Sopranos Dueling Piano Bar, Lulu’s Bait Shack, and other popular watering holes.


However, Fort Lauderdale is not just a haven for coeds. High-end hotels, including the W Fort Lauderdale, Hilton, Bahia Mar, Westin, and others have immaculate views of the water and offer up exquisite hotels bars and restaurants to enjoy. Other popular stops on the beach include Casablanca, McSorley’s, Quarterdeck Seafood Bar, and many more. Also, condos are moving their way onto the strip as more people are heading north from Miami for less expensive abodes.


Finally, nature lovers can also enjoy the beach. From October to March, sea turtles slowly make their way onto the beach to nest, and various groups work to protect the hatchlings. Through the Museum of Discovery and Science, visitors can also walk the beach and possibly witness, from a safe distance, mama sea turtles preparing their nests.