The Coolest Neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale

Riverwalk in Fort Lauderdale | ©  Don Ramey Logan / WikiCommons
Riverwalk in Fort Lauderdale | © Don Ramey Logan / WikiCommons
Known as the Venice of America, Fort Lauderdale, with its meandering canals, lakes, and beaches, has its share of diverse neighborhoods. From quiet family-oriented ones to cosmopolitan areas with a bustling nightlife to laid-back beach vibes, check out the coolest neighborhoods in the city.


Populated with business moguls and young locals, Downtown Fort Lauderdale exudes a cool, cosmopolitan vibe. The Riverwalk winds along the New River and features a vast selection of restaurants, modern speakeasies, and cultural centers such as the Museum of Discovery and Science. Las Olas Boulevard also has a handful of art galleries and trendy coffee shops, including the hybrid, Ann’s Florist & Coffee Bar. Vibrant and eclectic, it proves Fort Lauderdale has plenty to offer locals and tourists.

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Lauderdale Beach

Miles of sparkling white sands and clear water play up to Lauderdale Beach’s relaxed personality. Though heavily touristy with a handful of souvenir shops and hotel resorts, it’s easy to see why people move to Fort Lauderdale, with its sunny weather year-round, laid-back natural beauty, and all the conveniences of a modern city. Skate along the winding sidewalk or grab a few friends for a game of basketball on the public courts. Also LGBT-friendly with its Sebastian Street Beach, this is a paradise for all.

Fort Lauderdale Beach

Tarpon River

Located north of Davie Boulevard and just west of Andrews Avenue, the one-square-mile area is brimming with parks and single-family homes. The charming tree-lined streets are not too far from the water, making it an easy visit by boat tours, which are popular in the city. The family-friendly residential area has a working-class vibe and is not without its share of shopping centers and supermarkets.

Overview of Tarpon River © LuizCent / WikiCommons

Las Olas Isles

Picture Miami’s infamous Star Island and multiply it by 10—this is what you get with Las Olas Isles. The pea pod islands are home to mega-mansions ranging from $10 million to $30 million, with their respective yachts docked at the shore. Connected by the Las Olas Boulevard, the ritzy neighborhood oozes luxury, with waterfront views of the New River. But you’ll only get a peek if you take a boat tour.

Victoria Park

This gated community in the heart of Fort Lauderdale is the quintessential “American Dream.” The perfect seemingly suburb—though located minutes away from the beaches and a bustling nightlife—is a ritzy residential area with plenty of A+ schools, the Holiday Park, and green lawns with white picket fences. It screams, “If you lived here, you’d be in paradise.”