Lauderdale by the Sea

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Lauderdale by the Sea

Staying at the Holiday Inn for two nights.  (See my review)

The south part of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is situated between Fort Lauderdale and Sea Ranch Lakes, while the north half borders Pompano Beach. The town is on land that is essentially a long narrow island separated from the mainland by the Intracoastal waterway (spanned by drawbridges), stretching approximately one-half dozen city blocks to the Atlantic Ocean. The town is centered on the junction of State Road A1A and Commercial Boulevard. The main industry is tourism; the town has many hotels, motels, and residences used especially during the winter by visitors. At the ocean end of Commercial Boulevard is a long wooden fishing pier.

SR A1A is heavily associated with Florida beach culture and is known for its lush subtropical scenery and ocean vistas.

Fishing Pier
In many places, the highway directly fronts the Atlantic Ocean, and in other places, runs 1-5 blocks inland from the beachfront. For most of its length, A1A runs along Florida's East Coast Barrier Islands, separated from the mainland of the state by the Intracoastal Waterway. Because of the road's proximity to the ocean and its susceptibility to storm surges, sections of A1A are often closed or even minorly damaged by hurricanes and tropical storms. North of Atlantic Beach, however, A1A turns inland for several blocks before resuming a northward course that ends at the St. John's River. A ferry takes vehicular traffic to the northern section of A1A which continues inland toward Callahan.

Two miles of A1A were used as part of the legendary Daytona Beach Road Course. A1A also has been a backbone of Florida Spring Break, serving as "the strip" in both Fort Lauderdale, a popular spring break destination in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, as well as Daytona Beach, which became a popular destination for college spring breakers in the 80s through the present.

Bike riders on A1A
In Miami Beach, A1A serves as Collins Avenue, one of the city's main North-South thoroughfares, and travels a similar route through exclusive Palm Beach, further to the north. A1A also bridges Sebastian Inlet near Vero Beach, known as the Surf Capital of the East Coast, and passes just to the west of Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center. A1A also passes through St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States.

 

SR A1A begins as a 2 lane, then 4 lane route along the Straits of Florida. Running along the south shore of Key West, SR A1A is the southernmost numbered highway in the lower 48 states. The portion in Monroe County is secretly known as US A1A. Next, it passes East Martello Tower and Key West International Airport. SR A1A curves to the north to end at U.S. Route 1 (SR 5), after intersecting with SR 5A. SR A1A ends, but begins again at I-395 and US 1 in Miami.

 

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Lauderdale by the Sea
Lauderdale by the Sea
Fishing Pier
Fishing Pier
Bike riders on A1A
Bike riders on A1A
Our hotel
Our hotel
Our hotel
Our hotel
Our hotel
Our hotel
Our hotel
Our hotel
Our hotel
Our hotel
Surfin USA
Surfin USA
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photo by: ejames01