Las Olas Beach is located just a stone’s throw away from Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Port Everglades. Here you can pass the time sunbathing and swimming in a relaxed atmosphere before heading for a shopping trip on the Las Olas Boulevard. A multitude of restaurants and the exciting nightlife make Las Olas Beach even more popular with locals and vacationers.
WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT LAS OLAS BEACH?
Many visitors rub their eyes when they see the immaculate white sand of Las Olas Beach for the first time. With its tropical palm trees and shining, turquoise waters, Las Olas could easily pass as a Caribbean beach. Cleanliness can only be described as excellent, life guards are on duty around the clock, beach chairs are readily available, and the sand amazes with powdery softness.
Walks on the beach provide the perfect opportunity to collect colorful shells. But maybe you are more of an action lover. In this case, just rent a Jet Ski and turn the blue ocean into your race course. Other popular water sports include kayaking, paddleboarding and snorkeling. Swimmers will be happy to hear that water temperatures range around pleasant 25 to 31° C the whole year round.
Showers are located at all entrances, and families with children can enjoy picnic areas and playgrounds in the shade. Of course, all this happy beach life attracts a fair amount of visitors. However, Las Olas is rarely overrun. During Spring Break many college students flock to Las Olas, but the wild days are long gone. Alcohol and loud music are prohibited on the beach, and police have an eye out for party-goers.
RESTAURANTS AND SHOPPING AT LAS OLAS BEACH
relaxed yet glamorous vibes Florida is known for. The culinary choices leave nothing to be desired, as American, Indian, Mexican, Middle Eastern and many other types of restaurants are waiting for guests. Whether you are looking for fast food or fine dining, vegan place or steakhouse, breakfast or dinner – Las Olas Boulevard has you covered. Not hungry? Then simply come and enjoy yourself at the many cafés, charming pubs, cocktail bars and wineries. The BSquare Restaurant is famous for its skillfully prepared desserts and homemade ice-cream. And if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, there is no better place than Hoffman’s Chocolate. Even the decoration looks mouthwateringly delicious.
If you want to push your credit card to the limit, you will love the variety of shops on Las Olas Boulevard. More than 65 boutiques sell everything from casual clothing and swimsuits to children’s apparel. They are complemented by a multitude of shoe stores, jewelers, luxury watches, stylish sunglasses, massage parlors, book stores, gift shops, drug stores and pharmacies. Art connoisseurs are advised to stop by at Sienna Fine Arts, a gallery that displays many contemporary paintings and sculptures. And for those interested in nature photography, the National Geographics Fine Art Gallery is just the right place.
If you want to know more about the rich history of Las Olas Boulevard, you can always join a tour. The Ghost Tour lets you in on stories about celebrity scandals, infamous gangsters and paranormal phenomena in this part of Fort Lauderdale. Gourmets should go on the Food Tour and taste the less well known specialties Las Olas has to offer.
ACCOMMODATION AT LAS OLAS BEACH
Las Olas Beach has a lot of attractions in store – why not stay longer, then? Thanks to a wide range of accommodation options, everybody will find a place that suits them.
If you wish to reside in style, the Riverside Hotel might be just the place for you. This Fort Lauderdale original has been in business for 75 years and lets you choose between 220 rooms. Its swimming pool is perfect for cooling off, and at the sun deck you can spot the ocean liners on their way to distant shores. 4 restaurants and bars offer many culinary options.
Another prime luxury accommodation is the Marriott´s BeachPlace Towers. Its spacious rooms come with a balcony, the villas have their own kitchen, and the beach is just 2 minutes away. If you want to stay in Fort Lauderdale even longer, you can book your holiday apartment at the stylish Las Olas Beach Club, known for its big infinity-pool, spa, fitness center, billiard room and many other amenities.