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Fort Lauderdale Named Among Best Beach Towns To Explore On Foot

Fort Lauderdale has been recognized as one of the best beach towns to explore on foot.

Real estate company Redfin named the Venice of America No. 2 on its list of the most walkable coastal cities in the nation.

The analysis looked at dozens of coastal cities in Redfin's 75 markets and took into account feedback from its Redfin agents as well as each city’s walk score—a rating calculated based, in part, on how walkable addresses are to nearby amenities like restaurants. 

Beat out only by Santa Cruz, California, Fort Lauderdale received a walk score of 95 that categorizes the city as a “walker’s paradise,” or where daily errands don’t require a car. Other cities on the list include Newport, Rhode Island; Long Beach, New York; and Ocean City, New Jersey. 

The ranking is meant to help give tourists who might be planning a beach trip a better idea of which towns are easy to explore without a car. Plus, locals always love reading positive things about their communities, Redfin spokeswoman Katy Klein said.

While some Broward residents might be quick to argue a vehicle is very much needed to get around the Fort Lauderdale area, local Redfin real estate agent Pierre Shaheen said the rating looked more at downtown neighborhoods like Victoria Park and Colee Hammock, where residents can easily walk to galleries and eateries along Las Olas or bike to the beach. 

Shaheen, who said one of his favorite local spots is Poorhouse, called the rating “spot-on” for the city’s easy access to a variety of recreation and entertainment options for both younger and more mature crowds.

“There’s something for everyone, which is really cool, and you can do it all within walking distance or biking distance,” he said.