Nicknamed the Venice of America, Fort Lauderdale offers seniors 300 miles of waterways for boating and over 23 miles of pristine ocean beaches on Florida’s southeast coast, many with restrooms and handicapped access. Several area beaches are Blue Wave-certified by the Clean Beaches Coalition, which promotes safe coastal recreation. Fort Lauderdale is one of the only places in the world to offer both fresh- and salt-water fishing. Considered the gateway to the Everglades, the city provides nature lovers with ample opportunity for wildlife sightings. Active retirees also appreciate its many shopping malls, museums and golf courses, and for seniors looking to travel, Fort Lauderdale is home to Port Everglades, one of the world’s top three cruise ports.
While its sunny, semitropical climate draws millions of tourists each year, Fort Lauderdale is actually the eighth-largest city in Florida, boasting a population of over 182,000 residents. Plus, with the cost of assisted living in Fort Lauderdale and the greater Miami area coming in over 16% less than the national average, the city attracts plenty of seniors, and nearly 17% of its culturally diverse residents are 65 or older. This guide is designed to help seniors navigate the benefits of Fort Lauderdale’s top assisted living communities.
Atria Willow Wood
2855 W. Commercial Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Conveniently located between I-95 and Florida’s Turnpike, Atria Willow Wood is only a short drive from Fort Lauderdale’s popular Atlantic beaches. Seniors who like to spend time outdoors can enjoy fresh ocean breezes on the facility’s 18 acres of landscaped grounds, which include walking paths, two lakes and a heated swimming pool. This pet-friendly community promotes creative expression and lifelong learning through its signature Engage Life program, which brings residents a full calendar of activities that foster connection, personal achievement and spirituality. Atria Willow Wood has a dedicated auditorium where residents enjoy live performances and inviting common areas where they can socialize with neighbors or visiting family.
Symphony at the Waterways
3001 E. Oakland Park Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
Residents of Symphony at the Waterways enjoy breathtaking views of the Intracoastal and the nearby Atlantic Ocean from the facility’s rooftop patio. Located just minutes away from the area’s world-famous beaches, this luxury high-rise assisted living community also offers seniors convenient access to Interstate 95, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and Broward County Stadium, which hosts vibrant cultural fairs and festivals as well as sporting activities. We include Symphony at the Waterways on our list of Fort Lauderdale’s best ALFs because of its water-view apartments and ample luxury amenities, including a surround-sound theater, waterside outdoor seating and an eighth-floor Sky Lounge and Bar.
1776 NE 26th St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33305
The charm of Williamsburg Landing lies in its picturesque location. Nestled beside Fort Lauderdale’s Middle River, this lushly landscaped community has stunning backyard water views and boasts its own dock, where residents can relax and socialize while watching the passing boats. With some of the roomiest assisted living apartments in the region, Williamsburg Landing was designed for seniors who need assistance with the activities of daily living but wish to remain independent. The facility offers programs to promote socialization, and residents are treated to regular recreational outings at nearby cultural attractions.
Colonial Assisted Living at Fort Lauderdale
2801 NW 55th Ave.
Lauderhill, FL 33313
Designed to recreate the homelike atmosphere of a colonial village, Colonial Assisted Living at Fort Lauderdale offers affordable luxury while providing assistance with the activities of daily living. Embracing Florida’s outdoor lifestyle, the community features secure courtyards and beautiful gardens where residents can soak in the region’s plentiful sunshine. Residents also enjoy the spacious common areas, on-site beauty salon and satellite TV connection. The facility is located just blocks from Florida’s Turnpike and is central to a multitude of area attractions, including Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, Broward County Stadium and The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale.
Belmont Village Fort Lauderdale
1031 Seminole Dr.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, Belmont Village combines luxury high-rise living with care options that help seniors maintain their independence. The community’s signature Whole Brain Fitness Lifestyle program nurtures the mind, body and spirit to promote healthier aging and reduce stress. This upscale facility provides views of the Intracoastal and the Atlantic and is just minutes away from the region’s popular ocean beaches. Residents enjoy an on-site bistro, an outdoor dining area and a pool terrace. Belmont Village Fort Lauderdale makes our list because of its central location, which offers seniors convenient access to major health care facilities as well as premier dining, entertainment and shopping venues, including The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale.
Villa Rio Vista
1115 SE 6th Ter.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
This privately owned 50-bed facility is known for its personalized care and commitment to helping residents live an independent, fulfilling life. Villa Rio Vista offers several levels of care to promote aging in place, and skilled nursing services are available. Located only a block east of Federal Highway, the community is close to many of the area’s premier attractions, including Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, the NSU Art Museum and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Active seniors will also find a public library and several places of worship within easy walking distance of the facility.
Garden Plaza at Inverrary
4251 Rock Island Rd.
Lauderhill, FL 33319
Garden Plaza at Inverrary is a continuum-of-care campus where residents have access to a diverse range of services designed to accommodate seniors’ changing needs. The facility includes its own Life Care Center, which offers rehabilitation and skilled nursing services. Nestled in a resort-like tropical setting, Garden Plaza at Inverrary provides a variety of amenities meant to foster an active lifestyle, including a putting green, fitness center, billiards room and heated swimming pool. Outdoorsy seniors also appreciate the facility’s location, which is central to several prestigious golf courses and a variety of natural spaces such as the Ilene Lieberman Botanical Gardens.
Royal Palm Senior Residence
5121 NE 19th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
With only 34 beds, Royal Palm Senior Residence provides personalized care in a comfortable, homelike setting. The facility is located just west of Federal Highway in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, giving residents and their families plenty of nearby shopping and dining opportunities as well as convenient access to major hospitals and rehabilitation centers. Plus, Fort Lauderdale’s famous coastline is only minutes away by car. We feature Royal Palm Senior Residence in Fort Lauderdale’s top 10 ALFs because of its compassionate approach to care and because it employs workers with many years of experience in long-term residential services.
Is Fort Lauderdale the Right Choice for You?
With an average year-round temperature of 77 degrees and an estimated 3,000 hours of sunshine annually, Fort Lauderdale is an ideal location for seniors looking to escape cold northern winters. From the Everglades to the Atlantic Ocean, the area has nearly endless opportunities for natural exploration and outdoor relaxation, and the city’s Club 55+ offers older residents a discounted membership to encourage visits to city parks and recreation activities. Known for its diverse culture, vibrant art scene and promenade-lined beaches, Fort Lauderdale may be the perfect destination for seniors who want to stay active throughout their golden years.