7 tips for getting the most out of a Fort Lauderdale beach weekend

If the thought of summer warmth and tropical breezes makes want to head to a tropical paradise, a trip to sunny Fort Lauderdale might be a very good idea.

The city here has everything from clothing-optional resorts to boutiques with unique swimwear perfect for the endless white sand beaches and warm ocean water. 

Here's 7 tips for getting the most out of a long weekend in Fort Lauderdale.

Courtyard Cafe

Grab brunch at one of Fort Lauderdale's finest brunch destination. Along Wilton Manors, make friends with the friendly servers and locals all hanging out around the tables of this 24-hour favorite.

Courtyard Cafe

'Best Breakfast' in Wilton Manors
2211 Wilton Dr Wilton Manors

Ball

Once you're able to pull yourself away from the luxuries of lounging poolside, take a stroll along Wilton Drive to peruse the boutiques. Bounce into Ball and grab some new swimwear for afternoons at the beach.

Ball

Get your swim on
2252 Wilton Dr Ft. Lauderdale

Sebastian Street Gay Beach

If you want to skip the ever-popular 12th Street Beach, this alternative is where the gays have made a new seaside esape. Just a few blocks from the gayborhood is Sebastian Street Beach, a small three-block area perfect for catching some Vitamin D.

Sebastian Street Gay Beach

Fort Lauderdale's most popular gay beach
North Fort Lauderdale Beach Drive Fort Lauderdale

Lips

Freshen up and get ready for the nightlife with dinner and a drag show at Lips. This campy favorite is perfect for fueling up and glamming out before heading off to the louder, wilder clubs later in the evening.

Lips

Absolutely fabulous drag dining experience
1421 East Oak Park Blvd. Oakland Park

Hunters

The heat is up and during the weekends this place gets PACKED. In the heart of Wilton Manors, everything really comes alive after 11pm at Hunters. Pull off your shirt and grab a dance floor cutie nearby; the boys here know how to party.

Hunters

Ultimate video bar
2234 Wilton Dr Wilton Manors

Ramrod

Still feeling friendly? The guys aren't afraid to get close at Ramrod, the place to be before last call. Luckily the bars are near enough to the resort that making it back is easy ... possibly with your new friends.

Ramrod

Heavy duty cruise bar
1508 NE 4th Ave Fort Lauderdale

Worthington Guest House

Of all the gay guesthouses along Wilton Manors, the Worthington Guest House is fabulous retreat to check-in so you can check out. Take a dip in the clothing-optional pool before venturing over to see what's hot in the jacuzzi.

Worthington Guest House

Popular men's resort with full amenities
543 N Birch Rd Fort Lauderdale
By Tony Taylor