One sunny Saturday Spring break 2018, my partner, his best friend Charlie from out of town and I went to visit Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida. My partner Will and Charlie have been best friends since college in Pennsylvania.
My boyfriend drove us in his Jeep Wrangler east on Commercial Boulevard and we parked near the town hall a few blocks north west of Aruba Beach Cafe restaurant.
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida is a quaint little beach town just north of Fort Lauderdale on the south east Atlantic Ocean coast of Florida. Other towns nearby are another little town called Sea-Ranch Lakes and Pompano Beach.
We went to lunch at Arubas beachfront restaurant and to sight see around Lauderdale by the Sea.
The beach was very crowded that day being spring break and snow bird season and very sunny and warm in the seventies.
Outside the window of the restaurant a young guy in beach wear balanced walking, slack lining on a flat webbing rope like material from one palm tree to another. He was slacklining and he let other people join him in slack-lining, making pics, videos and having fun.
For lunch I had a Tuscan salad that was very delicious with just water. It had romaine and radicchio leaf lettuce with tomatoes, pepperoni peppers, olives, red onions gorgonzola cheese, garbanzo beans, cucumber with a red wine vinaigrette, parmesan cheese and a tasty bread roll on the side. My partner and Charlie had shrimp plates.
Aruba restaurant has a good view of the beach with mostly inside but also outside seating, usually a live entertainment musician inside near the bar area, valet parking, lunch specials and a large regular menu.
The musician playing live today I noticed had his Caribbean music albums displayed in front of his steel drums and other instruments. He sounded really good. His name is Albert Albee Amoroso of the musical sound, Oceanik, and he can be found at www.oceanik.org
After we ate at Aruba Beach Cafe we walked outside to the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida pavilion, a covered open air area where they have benches made out of small boats. Outside the generous pavilion on beautiful decorative tile floor surface are some games and lots of people walking around enjoying themselves.
The city did a very good job redoing the area a few years ago and beautified the area right up to the Intracoastal. There are a lot of restaurants and shops in the area and it’s quite a nice area to visit for that small beach town feel.
There is a diving area off the coast and I have regularly seen divers diving in the area.
The pier located on Lauderdale by the Sea beach is called Anglins fishing pier which is accessed through the Organic Beach Cafe. When we were there it was $2 a person. The cashier told us the end of the pier was boarded off as they were doing some repair work. It was okay as we’d rather be safe and there was still a lot of Anglins Fishing pier to explore.
A few pelicans landed on the railings often and people loved taking pictures of them, posing with them, playing and enjoying being around nature. Other birds besides pelicans commonly seen in the area are seagulls, white egrets, Florida ducks that have a red beak, regular ducks, and green parrots.
Its was nice seeing the shores from the pier too and being over the water. Getting a bigger perspective on the area was good.
The Anglins Fishing Pier and Organic Beach Cafe are located at 2 Commercial Blvd, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida 33308.
In case you’d like to check out other local piers there are others located north of here in Pompano Beach and Boca Raton.
Some of the signs at the entrance to the beach are, Flag Color Guide, Environmental and Notice signs. The beach has a lot of sea oats grass which is really beautiful so please be careful to not walk on them by staying on the trails. Thanks. Other plants you may see in the area are various palms including saw palmetto, palm trees, coconut trees,
At El Mar Drive and Commercial Boulevard at the end of a colorful sitting area with colorful chairs and umbrellas and bike racks, there are some city event signs.