If you can, I highly recommend you visit Fort Lauderdale-by-the-sea. Never have I been until last month.
This part of the neighborhood is north of Las Olas Boulevard by about 20 minutes in the car. It has a more relaxed feel with small condominiums and gated communities near the sea. There is no longer a view of downtown Fort Lauderdale but you can see up to Pompano Beach, which is the next town over.
There are a few beachfront dining options. My favorite was Aruba’s on the Beach, which is how I came to this part of town to begin with!
A lovely attraction at Fort Lauderdale-by-the-sea is this pier.
The pier is long and you can see through the water clearly. Many fish come near and they are described as you walk down the pier.
Have you been down this pier?