This is Broward County’s front porch. From almost any perch along the expansive shoreline you can see a wild and heady mix of people, every demographic you can think of and a few you didn’t have a clue about. Generally speaking, and this is only for the sake of getting your bearings, the beach changes character from the family-oriented South Beach across the street from the Bahia Mar resort up through the youthquake territory of The Strip and then the gay beach at Sebastian Street. All along the way is a loud, bustling line of hotels, restaurants, bars and T-shirt/flip-flop shops. Then there’s the North Beach Village area (between Sunrise Boulevard to the north and Bayshore Boulevard to the south), much quieter with some great retro-chic motels and swank guest houses. That’s where locals go when things get too frisky at Beach Place.
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