Just north of Fort Lauderdale Beach is the laid-back enclave of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Named the ‘Beach Diving Capital of South Florida’, there’s a natural coral reef that’s within swimming distance of the shore. Here, the picturesque Anglins Fishing Pier and the village’s charming dining options complete the yesteryear vibe.
Further north, Deerfield Beach hops with activity. In addition to beach volleyball, visitors can fish from the Deerfield Beach Fishing Pier. Making the most of the waves, outfits such as Island Water Sports rent surf, skim and SUP boards, and also provide free lessons for beginners of all ages. Ski Rixen also operates here, providing an exciting activity that’s likened to waterskiing on zip lines. Afterwards, head to The Whale’s Rib Raw Bar, a destination for exhausted beachgoers who are hungry for fried clams and conch chowder.
At nearby Pompano Beach, the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier is a popular place to cast for grouper, snapper, mahi-mahi and amberjack. The beach and surrounding city is, in fact, named after the saltwater fish that’s common in these waters, The Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo attracts competitive anglers of all ages each year, with Pompano Seafood Festival drawing crowds each April.