For those who love a day at the beach but can’t tolerate crowds, it can be a challenge to find a nice spot to lounge with a good book under a beach umbrella or play in the waves. Depending on the time of year, Fort Lauderdale can be packed with tourists, making this task even more difficult. We’ve researched some of the best, least-crowded beaches in the Fort Lauderdale area to make your South Florida beach vacation stress free and more tranquil. Keep in mind that weekdays are the best times to visit these scenic beaches. As is the case with most Florida beaches, these four tend to be busier in March and April (spring break season).
Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park
Located just south of downtown Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park (formerly known as John U. Lloyd Beach State Park) is a gorgeous natural preserve on a 251-acre barrier island. There are sandy beaches perfect for lounging, as well as opportunities to kayak, scuba dive, and learn about sea turtle nesting. Pack a picnic and make a day of it!
One of Fort Lauderdale’s most historic and beautiful beaches is Hillsboro. Enjoy views of the turn of the 20th century Hillsboro lighthouse, let the kids play at Hillsboro Inlet Park, charter a boat for the day, or simply wiggle your toes in the sand and go for a dip in the gentle waves. No visit to Hillsboro is complete without a visit to the “Barefoot Mailman” — a stone statue in honor of the 19th-century mail carrier who walked the route from Palm Beach to Miami (a seven-day trek) weekly between the years of 1885 and 1892.
Lauderdale By the Sea Beach
The Beach at Lauderdale By the Sea (a town with an approximate population of 6,000) is a tranquil spot to spend the day. With plentiful parking, beach umbrella rentals, and nearby eateries, this delightful beach has everything you need for a relaxing experience away from the crowds. As with the other beaches, it’s best to come here during the weekdays. However, if you do visit during the weekends, there’s a charming farmer’s market within walking distance of the beach.
Deerfield Beach is another great spot to experience all of the beauty of South Florida’s beaches without dealing with crowds. This picturesque beach is the perfect place to surf, play beach volleyball, boogie board, bike (on trails), lounge, or enjoy food and drink from one of the nearby casual restaurants. It’s a great beach for families or travelers looking for an alternative to the typical Fort Lauderdale party beach scene.
Do you frequently go to Fort Lauderdale area beaches? Got any favorites you’d like to tell us about? Let us know in the comments section.