FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The beaches of Broward and Palm Beach counties stretch about 70 miles, and each beach has its own character. There are quiet beaches where you can relax with a book and a breeze. And beaches busy with rollerbladers and runners. Several have piers for fishing.
Beaches were closed in March to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and have reopened with new rules about social distancing and large gatherings.
Here's a look at 11 beaches in Broward and Palm Beach.
Consider this Broward County's front porch, where people watching is at its very best. On the south end, South Beach Park is popular with families because of its picnic tables and grills. There's also a basketball court, playground, work out area and volleyball nets. The Strip - which runs roughly from the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach north to Casablanca Cafe - is a loud, bustling stretch of hotels, bars, restaurants and T-shirt/flip-flop stores popular with young people. The beach at Sebastian Street across from the Ritz-Carlton is unofficially known as the "gay beach."
This beach is best explored with fishing poles atop the 900-foot Anglins Fishing Pier and snorkeling masks diving the Shipwreck Snorkel Trail 400 feet offshore. The shaded pavilion at Anglins Square is the charming anchor of the colorful seaside village, often buzzing with weekend bands and giant Jenga, with breezy beach cafes and seafood hubs that stretch from the beach west to the Intracoastal.
DR. VON D. MIZELL-EULA JOHNSON STATE PARK IN DANIA BEACH
Tucked between high rises and the busy transportation hubs of Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, this state park is a quiet oasis with a serene beach, coastal hammocks and the Whiskey Creek Hideout concessionaire. In 2016 the park was named for two of South Florida's most prominent civil rights activists of the 1960s.