Las Olas Beach has seen a fair portion of Fort Lauderdale’s history. From a favorite watering hole for soldiers during World War II to a spring break destination in the 1980’s to the upscale shopping and vacation destination it is today, the area has always had a vibe all its own.
Exploring Las Olas Beach
Whether you prefer to drive, walk or bike, there are endless options for exploring the area. Located at the junction of A1A and East Las Olas Boulevard, the community offers multiple bus and water taxi stops within walking distance of popular attractions, and of course the hotels near Las Olas Beach in Fort Lauderdale.
Heading north from the beach will take you to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park—an excellent option for enjoying the outdoors without stepping out on the sand. Going south offers Fort Lauderdale Beach Park and a variety of local bars and eateries. Traveling up Las Olas Boulevard provides an array of local shops and services as well.
Of course, you can also just hit the beach, admire the yachts and boats in the Las Olas Marina, and daydream the afternoon away with your toes in the sand. Then retire to the comfort of your guest room at one of the hotels near Las Olas Beach in Fort Lauderdale.
Shopping and Dining near Las Olas Beach
From shopping and dining to historical attractions, there is plenty to enjoy steps from the water. The area is home to an array of local boutiques for finding the perfect item to remember your trip, or a hat to fend off the warm Florida sun.
Gallery at Beach Place is a popular destination, with a variety of upscale stores and tantalizing eateries. After dark, the Gallery is a thriving nightlife destination with beach front bars, live music, and more long into the night.
Elbo Room is another popular lounge on the southern end of the beach. A fixture on Las Olas Beach since the 1930’s, it has seen the scope of Fort Lauderdale history and was a favorite hangout for soldiers, tourists, and celebrities alike. Featured in the movie “Where the Boys Are,” the bar is nearly as famous as the beach it sits on.
Step Back in Time with Las Olas Beach Historic Attractions
For a greater look at the history of Fort Lauderdale, be sure to check out Historic Stranahan House Museum. As the oldest surviving house in the city, it has served as everything from a trading post to a government center. For something truly unique, reserve your spot on one of the Ghost River Tours, highlighting some of the more obscure urban legends and attractions nearby.
Another popular option is the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. Once the estate and vacation home of artist Frederic Clay Bartlett, the house features more than 30 acres of gardens, art galleries, and other exhibits that showcase the history of Las Olas Beach and the community’s local artists, musicians, and other creatives. Tours are available hourly throughout the week to ensure you don’t miss a thing.
Whether you’re planning to work or play, Las Olas Beach has plenty to offer on your next visit to sunny Florida. From history to fine dining, there is something unforgettable waiting for you. So don’t hesitate – book a stay at one of the hotels near Las Olas Beach in Fort Lauderdale today.