City Profile: Lauderdale by the Sea

By: VISIT FLORIDA staff

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A living reef make this a unique destination.

Lauderdale By The Sea is a tropical paradise that offers a tranquil coastal getaway along with easy access to nearby bustling cities. Located on Florida's popular southeast coast, it is bordered to the east and west by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, respectively. The city of Pompano Beach lies to the north and Fort Lauderdale to the south. This ideal location allows visitors to enjoy the pleasures of both a serene coastal retreat and an activity-filled stay.

Pelican Square, at the intersection of El Mar Drive and Commercial Boulevard, is at the center of this peaceful community. Lodging, pleasurable dining, boutiques, and charming shops can all be found within walking distance. For those wanting to travel a little further, museums abound in the area; lessons in history, science, archaeology, art, and culture can all be found nearby.

All of these land-loving activities aside, perhaps the best reason to visit Lauderdale By The Sea is the living reef, which can be found just 100 yards from shore and is 20 feet deep at its shallowest point. Hence, snorkeling and scuba diving are popular activities, as are fishing, sunbathing, and swimming-all of which can be enjoyed year round.

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