Florida Snapshots: Fort Lauderdale Beach Promenade

Sea breezes and rustling palms greet walkers and riders on this popular pathway


Once known for its rowdy spring break crowds, Fort Lauderdale Beach has grown up to become one of the most scenic and sophisticated waterfronts in North America. The centerpiece of this three-mile swatch of golden sand is the Promenade, a ribbon of brick walkway that runs between US Highway A1A and the ocean.

For much of its length, the Promenade is shaded by coconut palms, and flanked by an undulating white concrete barrier known as the Wave Wall. Bikers, joggers, rollerbladers and walkers share this path, and benches and public showers accommodate beach goers. If a dip in the emerald waters of the tropical Atlantic isn’t on the schedule, there’s also an eclectic array of cafes, galleries and boutiques that sit just across the road.