About Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Florida (LBTS)


Welcome to our small beachside town on the Southeast coast of Florida, with beautiful white sand beaches, small, family owned hotels, shopping and many dining options, all within just a stroll.

People always say vacationing in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea brings back fond memories of their childhood, and our town’s motto is “Relax,You’re Here!“ for many reasons:

You don’t need a car to enjoy our charming seaside village - everything you need for your beach vacation is conveniently located within a few steps of our hotels, vacation rentals, and other accommodations.

We take pride in being different from our big neighbors to our north and south (Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach), exuding old Florida charm with our low-rise downtown building restrictions and predominantly mid-century modern architecture giving us a distinctive identity - and we embrace both of them as important features of our legacy and heritage. 

We are a “flip-flop kind of town,” so throw a shirt over your bathing suit and enjoy the beach life – we are that kind of place! 

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea stretches from the Atlantic Ocean west to the infamous Intracoastal Waterway, with beautiful marine sculptures along Commercial Boulevard. Here you will also find locally-owned and operated shops  with artisan jewelry, clothing and gift items, as well as bistro- style eateries, ice cream shops and bakeries along the way. (See our Town Walking Map)



Our common areas have been designed with relaxing in mind: public plazas where you sit in Adirondack chairs and chat with your friends or people watch, take pleasure in kids (and grownups!) playing the outdoor games, enjoy live music at various restaurants all year long, as well as enjoy free seasonal dance lessons outside. We have made our beach town a wonderful experience for all ages, and know you will have a great time while here.

Recognized as “South Florida’s Beach Diving Capital,” the Town's shoreline is a mecca for scuba divers with coral reefs teeming with marine life less than 100 yards off the beach. It’s super easy to snorkel or dive right from our sandy beach and go nose to nose with fish, turtles and lobsters (divers walking through Town is very common here) - and of course fishing from our historic pier over the ocean is our most iconic place to visit.

We are also designated a “Blue Wave Beach,” a distinction given to clean and environmentally-responsible beach communities. You can kayak, paddle board, skim and kite board right off of our beaches as well. For more leisurely activities, picnic in our seaside parks, soak up the sun on the beach, or relax poolside at your hotel with the scented breeze reminding you of just how close you are to the ocean.

Now back to no car needed in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea – we offer bike rentals, our free “around Town” Pelican Hopper bus, and the Sun Trolley, which can take you to Fort Lauderdale beach, popular shopping spots, and connect you with other things to do in Fort Lauderdale and nearby.

We welcome you to come and relax with us, whether for a week or weekend, and experience the beachside charm and hospitality of our little town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.