This month marks the beginning of our touristy “busy season.” Snowbirds from the northeast and Canada will be flocking to South Florida to escape the onset of winter for the warmth of the Sunshine State. And really who can blame them? The oppressive heat and humidity of July, August, and September have given way to the welcoming cool, breezes of November, and everyone wants to enjoy them.
If you’re looking for a sophisticated and secluded retreat, Broward County has several fantastic private beach clubs, including The Seagate Beach Club, which provides a casual elegance in a British Colonial style with a Bahamian influence; and Lago Mar, which offers its members 500-feet of private beach, and 10-acres of seclusion in the exclusive Harbor Beach neighborhood of Ft. Lauderdale. Feel free to email me for ideas on other private clubs in the area.
There are also eight public beaches along the Atlantic Coast of Broward County. While many people have a particular favorite, each features its own unique personality.
Deerfield Beach is Fort Lauderdale’s most northern cove-like beach. It has many family-friendly attractions, including a cable water ski park, volleyball, open-air eateries, and fishing off the Deerfield Pier.
Hillsboro Beach is known as Fort Lauderdale’s Quiet Escape. If you’re looking for a relaxing spot to unwind, this is it. This tranquil beach offers views of the Hillsboro Lighthouse, turtle nesting, and the Hillsboro Inlet, where yachts enter.
Pompano Beach has some of the warmest and clearest water in South Florida, due to a bend in the Gulf Stream. Named for the saltwater fish found exclusively in these waters, Pompano Beach is home to the annual Pompano Seafood Festival and Fishing Rodeo.
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea has retained that old fashioned, charming “beach village” vibe. This stretch of beach is one of the only locations in Florida where the three-tier natural coral reef system is close enough for visitors to swim out for snorkeling or diving.
Ft. Lauderdale Beach is still the most well-known of all Broward beaches. You can stroll, jog, or bike along the palm tree-lined, beachfront promenade, or soak in the casually chic atmosphere along Las Olas Boulevard.
Dania Beach is home to some of the prettiest and least crowded stretches of ocean. You can fish off of Dania Beach Ocean Park, or just enjoy the impressive views from the restaurant on the pier.
Hollywood Beach is home to the Boardwalk, a 2 ½-mile brick-paved stretch along the beach ideal for biking, running, or simply strolling to find an outdoor café to idle away the hours.
Hallandale Beach is at the southern end of Ft. Lauderdale. Thanks to recent renovations, this stretch of beach now features an open-air pavilion, two bocce courts, a playground, a sand volleyball court, and a full service beachfront snack bar.
November temperatures in South Florida range from the mid-60s to the low 80s, allowing the masses to fall in love with our beautiful cities and beaches. If you or someone you love struggles to leave their temporary beach oasis each spring, I can certainly help them find a more permanent waterfront property. Just contact me to find out more.