Those little Instagram squares can pack a punch. If a picture can say 1,000 words, then an outrageously beautiful photo with perfect composition and detail can scream millions. As creatives, we are always searching for beauty in the mundane and the unique in the ordinary. South Florida offers some pretty breathtaking spots for photography – landscape, portrait, food, design… we have it all in this bustling beach town that also distinctively contains a vibrant downtown scene. I took on the challenge of finding (5) locales in Fort Lauderdale that are not only a great canvas for a photo, but that showcases the multitude of happenings this colorful city offers locals and visitors alike! This is just a very small medley in the big crockpot of splendidness that is South Florida.
1. Ft. Lauderdale Beach
There are numerous photo opportunities on Fort Lauderdale beach. You will find the infamous wave wall that illuminates the walkway at night, lined with shops and restaurants in addition to the oversized Adirondack chair that sits on the sand, idly waiting for tourists to climb all over it for fun and goofy snapshots! But, at the southernmost tip of Ft. Lauderdale beach, you will find the water channel that leads to Port Everglades. It is not only a beautiful shot with the waves crashing feverishly into the coral and rock formations, but it is quite a sight when the cruise ships are entering and/or leaving the port. Usually, early mornings and early evenings on weekends are when the ships arrive and leave. If you are on the beach close-by, you can’t help but hear the cruise ships sound their horn as they depart from Ft. Lauderdale. Port Everglades boasts more cruise lines and more sailings than any other port in the world. If you are looking for a memorable experience and unique photo – this is the place to do it!
2. Riverwalk Ft. Lauderdale
The Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale is a waterfront pathway snaking through the urban downtown. Locals and tourists alike stroll the Riverwalk enjoying the views of the New River and gorgeous yachts and boats that pass through. Food kiosks and restaurants can be found and numerous events and activities are hosted at several of its locations. The Historic District and Broward Center of Performing Arts are two locations I specifically enjoy visiting and believe they lend to producing some striking photos! The community takes great care in maintaining this beautiful setting unique to Ft. Lauderdale, and you can even purchase a brick for the pathway if you feel inclined to leave your mark!
3. Las Olas Boulevard
The shopping and dining district of Ft. Lauderdale is one not to be missed. Las Olas Boulevard is a feast for the senses – distinctive and striking architecture, notable restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and diverse shops… there is always a new place to discover! Whether you are looking to enjoy a casual morning brew, grab a quick lunch or turn up the heat, and have a thrilling evening out, the boulevard has it all! Laid back luxury at its finest with a nice dose of charm. Fun Fact: Las Olas is Spanish for “the waves”. Originality in name – not so much, but the city has certainly created an original and memorable landmark that is the pulse of Ft. Lauderdale.
Want to go where the locals go? Tucked away at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six is this waterfront restaurant. To get to it, visitors must stroll the docks (ladies in heels beware), and climb a flight of stairs… all amidst goggling at jaw dropping yachts… don’t worry, it’s completely normal behavior. The restaurant is extremely casual and offers some great views of the Intracoastal waterway and downtown skyline. If you are looking for a great photo, sunset is a perfect opportunity to capture this gem of Ft. Lauderdale.
5. Cordova Road (little hidden secret)
For my last recommendation, I suggest exploring one of the many gorgeous neighborhoods located in Ft. Lauderdale. If you take SE 17th street to Cordova Road, you will find a stunning community tucked away with gorgeous foliage, colorful and unique homes, and unearth the little beauties that you often find when you take the road less traveled. These photos are from one particular location (off of SE 14th street) and showcase different greenery to the typical palm trees you are used to seeing. With Cliff Lake providing a habitat for some wildlife and mangroves, you will also find some banyan trees that provide shade and make for a pretty cool photo! This is just one area in that community that I found to have an uncharacteristic appeal in comparison to the surrounding areas.
Have you visited Fort Lauderdale? Where were some locations that you loved and thought were “Instagram-approved”?! Share in the comments below and make sure to tag @WisConcierge on Instagram so I can find out fun new places to explore!