Ft. Lauderdale Beach / South Beach Park
This beach has become a mecca for kitesurfing and is also shared with catamarans and other types of water sports. This spot is good for winds with an easterly component from North to South. Sailing is open ocean with little or no protection from shorebreak. Waves are fair. Bars, restaurants, picnic site and bathrooms are just a walk away.
The launch is located at a boat ramp with an adjacent water sports concession and kitesurfing school. Launch area is small and can get crowded with sailboats, catamarans, jet skis, kitesurfers and beach goers
During the week, you can usually park on the boat ramp directly off A1A. On weekends, you should park at the adjacent parking lot ($6 per day before 6 p.m., $3 after 6).
Recommended Ability Level:
Because of moderate wave and shore break and due often crowded conditions, Ft. Lauderdale beach requires at least an Intermediate sailing ability level. You should be confident in deep-water starting and have had experience in launching and returning through whitewater and breaking waves.
From I-95, take Broward Boulevard east. After passing through downtown Ft. Lauderdale, go south a few blocks to pick up Las Olas Blvd. Take Las Olas to the beach and then go south on A1A several blocks. Get in the left lane and make a U turn at the parking lot. Look for the catamarans and the boat ramp on your immediate right.
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