Fort Lauderdale City Beach
Great For: People-watching. A complete cross-section of the city can be found along the three-mile stretch between Las Olas and Sunrise Boulevards: at the corner of Route A1A, coeds congregate over drinks; across from Sebastian Road, the gay area runs for a block or so; and on the northernmost end, families and retirees gather.
T+L Tip: Head north of Sunrise for the most elbow room.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.