Las Olas Boulevard

Las Olas Riverfront showing a city and street scenes
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Shops, art galleries and restaurants line a two-lane street that is Fort Lauderdale’s answer to California’s Rodeo Drive.

Las Olas is Spanish for “The Waves,” a fitting name for this 2.5-mile (four-kilometer) boulevard that starts at the beach. It runs west beyond Federal Highway to S. Andrews Avenue in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The commercial area of the boulevard covers about a mile (1.6 kilometers). Here small independent shops, restaurants and cafes line either side of the street. Striped awnings shelter outdoor tables and rows of shady trees provide respite from the sun.

Cars drive up and down the popular shopping street but speed bumps and pedestrian crossings make it safe for those exploring on foot. There are plenty of parking lots one block behind the boulevard.

The stores are fun and eclectic, whether you’re buying or just browsing. Pick up signed posters of famous rock groups, designer wear for Harley fans, gemstone jewelry, fine arts and boutique clothing. Find exotic spices at specialty food shops and a pair of limited edition sneakers from The Archives, a store selling exclusive apparel and accessories. Charming shops are interspersed with upmarket cafés, restaurants and steakhouses.

Enjoy a beer at the historic 1930s Riverside Hotel. The building is typical of the quaint older properties and individual shop fronts along the boulevard.

Other attractions to enjoy around Las Olas include the Riverwalk, the Museum of Art, Huizenga Plaza with its fountain that lights up after dark, and the famous Elbo Room Bar with its roof terrace overlooking Fort Lauderdale Beach.

After dark, join in the nightlife at bars, clubs and restaurants lining the boulevard. Some venues have live music and most have outdoor dining.

In January, March and October, Las Olas turns into an outdoor gallery over a designated weekend when artists display their works along the street.

Top Hotels Close to Las Olas Boulevard

Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale
Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale
3 out of 5
250 N Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
The price is $113 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 18
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,001 reviews)
"Decent stay, fairly clean. Couldn’t find a working ice maker on any of the floors. Bathroom smelled like a musty locker room whenever the fan was turned on. Beds were hard as a rock and creaked every time you moved."

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Riverside Hotel
Riverside Hotel
3.5 out of 5
620 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
The price is $159 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,063 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel! We were originally given a room that was not suitable, but the front desk staff gave us an upgrade that was great. We only stayed one night here before a cruise, but we would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale
Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale
4 out of 5
100 East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
The price is $178 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 17
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a restaurant. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (684 reviews)
"Very nice hotel that is not too far from the airport and has good food in the restaurant. I felt very welcome there."

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Las Olas Boulevard

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3/5 - Okay

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Mar 18, 2020

Not the best for kids

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 23, 2020

Concur car show was amazing with vehicles never seen or even heard of on display on red carpet.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 8, 2020

Expensive shops

5/5 - Excellent

Megan

Feb 7, 2020

We actually stayed here! This place is amazing!

4/5 - Good

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Sep 20, 2019

luigi"s Pizza is excellent!!!

5/5 - Excellent

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Aug 29, 2019

Take the water taxi, bottom of 17th Street under the bridge Go to the Cheesecake factory on Las Olas Blvd

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Best Lodging Options Near Las Olas Boulevard

Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale
Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale
3 out of 5
250 N Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
Riverside Hotel
Riverside Hotel
3.5 out of 5
620 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale
Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale
4 out of 5
100 East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
The Dalmar, Fort Lauderdale, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
The Dalmar, Fort Lauderdale, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
4 out of 5
299 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
Element Fort Lauderdale Downtown
Element Fort Lauderdale Downtown
3.5 out of 5
299 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
Sonder at Riverwalk
Sonder at Riverwalk
3.5 out of 5
301 Southwest 1st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
Tru by Hilton Fort Lauderdale Downtown
Tru by Hilton Fort Lauderdale Downtown
2.5 out of 5
315 NW 1ST AVENUE BLDG B, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
B Ocean Resort
B Ocean Resort
4 out of 5
1140 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33316
Home2 Suites by Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Downtown, FL
Home2 Suites by Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Downtown, FL
3 out of 5
315 NW 1st avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.