I know how hard it can be to get out of bed when it’s still dark outside, especially when you’re on vacation. But if you’re staying on the East Coast of Florida, then it’s well worth it, if only on one day, to watch the sun rise. I don’t want to become too lyrical here but watching a sunrise – especially over the ocean – can be a wonderful experience.


Sunrises are far more inspiring and interesting, I believe, because they signify the beginning of a brand new day. Sunsets, on the other hand, are an ending; a finality. I prefer the optimism of a sunrise.

On a more practical level, the beach is usually deserted at that time of the day. There might be a few fishermen, or healthy types out jogging, but by and large, you’ll have the beach to yourself. It’s a wonderful time for meditation or contemplation – or simply relaxing and recharging your batteries.

And I recommend that you do so at the beginning of your vacation rather than at the end. The chances are that you’ll enjoy the experience and want to do it again – so don’t leave it until the last day.

sunrise walk

As you can see above, a dawn walk on the beach will provide you with some fantastic photo-ops. The photographs you see on this page were all taken with an iPhone – so no special or expensive equipment is needed to record your early morning walk.

Share them directly from your phone to social media – and make all your friends envious 🙂

Would you prefer to see the sunrise from your own vacation rental apartment?

Then the place you see here is just right for you. Sit on the exterior balcony or on the dock to watch the sun come up. You can even see the sunrise from the apartment itself.

Plan an early breakfast and sit at the dining table watching the sky change from darkness to the glorious colours of sunrise.

The apartment is located in fabulous Fort Lauderdale and is just a mile away from the beach. And it’s very convenient for the fine restaurants, galleries and boutiques of the famous Las Olas Boulevard.

The windows in the lounge and the dining room directly overlook a wide stretch of the canal – watch for local wildlife too.

Sunny, Waterfront Mid-Century Gem

Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
Set midway between Fort Lauderdale Beach and the fabulous Las Olas Boulevard, this quiet and secluded complex is right on the waterfront and enjoys charming Mid-Century Modern features. Fully moder...

Note: The photographs above were taken by Andy Royston. He is available for talks, tuition and photo tours – you can contact him using the form below.

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JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.

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