1) Big parking lot at Las Olas and the beach. Lots of locals, lots of bars and some shops.
Hidden local tip: Park for less under the bridge that carries Las Olas over the Intercostal, then walk three blocks to the beach.
2) For less noise, but still cool wide beach, walk South from Las Olas for 1/4 mile to the intersection of the side road called 'Swimming Hall of Fame' and the beach. Less crowed, good zone for wearing a thong without hassle, cool coffee shop directly across the road and smoothie shop and bar down the side street. The very limited parking along the mini park across the road cuts down on the hordes so you will have lots of space.
3) If you want a quiet bit of beach with no shops or condos behind it, a bring your own cooler sort of beach, then try the first 1/2 mile of beach North of Sunrise Blvd. (Beach behind low grass dunes).
There is NO LONGER any free parking on the beach road, north of Sunrise. This was free but is now metered by the hour. On a sunny day or weekend you will need to get there early to get a space. The best bit of this section of beach is within the first 1/2 mile of Sunrise, behind grass dunes. North of that it is very skinny and road runs right behind it.
If the beach side parking is full, or you want cheaper parking, then turn inland on Sunrise Blvd and take the FIRST RIGHT, into the park. Park entry price varies depending on Week - Weekend rates but if you are staying more than a couple of hours it's cheaper than a city parking meeter. It is a State park. As soon as you get into the park bear right and right and keep turning right until you find the parking. Walk down to the beach and access it by crossing road or taking tunnel under the road. No thongs or topless sunning allowed in the park, but the rules end at the road, so you can wear your thong swimsuit on the beach across from the park. (One advantage with parking in the park, is that there are bathrooms!)
If you create a free account on 'The Thong Wearers Message Board' (link below), you will find a long thread about Fort Lauderdale Beach, with detailed info on current parking prices, who hangs out where, etc. Don't be put of by the name of the board, the Fort Lauderdale thread is normally very up to date.
Most days the best place to watching good bodies in thongs is at Las Olas and A1A. This is a the 'local's' section of beach due to the parking available by the beach and back under the bridge.
Most days you will see dozens of women in thongs and probably a few men. The beach is ‘Thong Friendly’. If you are adventurous feel free to thong. It's OK for both men and women.
Some times you will see topless women but it they are less visible and tend to be discreet. If you want to go topless just ask a life guard if it’s a problem. They will probably tell you what they tell us, “No problem, If somebody really complains, I may come let you know, but don't worry about it. Nobody ever complains." Just don’t go topless on the highway.”
We suggest you lay out close by the life gaurd stand. They will keep and eye out to make sure no one gives you a hard time.
If you would like to know more, and want a guide to zones on the beach where you may be more comfortable, then checkout the following threads on 'TopFree' and the 'Thong Wearers Message Board' on the links below.
There are The TopFree has a couple of encouraging examples and the Thong Wearers message board has several long and detailed Fort Lauderdale beach reports, that include everything from parking to coffee shops.
John U. Lloyd State Recreation Area
This is a really great place to spend the afternoon. Very tranquil......if you can ignore the jets roaring overhead as they depart from the airport. This place is right under the flight path.
Though a very built up town, there is still an abundance of wildlife. You often see dolphins swimming in the ocean close to shore, and on my morning walks there is a constant serenade of parrots. Here’s another common sight, a pelican, right on my trail.
This is how Ft. Lauderdale and the famous intersection, A1A and Los Olas Boulevard looked in 1985 before renovation began.
This is where the 'Boys are'.
Great beach for just sitting and watching the water. Take heed of the signs and watch where you step, there were Man O’Wars all over the beach.
Here’s one of those critters that washed up on the beach. Unbelievable blue colour!
Hugh Taylor Birch State Recreation Area offer a quiet oais just across the street from Ft. Lauderdale's busy beach. Nature trails, picnic areas, and canoe rentals available.