If you go to the Las Olas Riverfront at the Fort Lauderdale on New River, you can take a water taxi to Ft Lauderdale Beach. It’s a longish ride (this loop is 3 hours; $22 gives you access all day; you can stop off at different points and get back on later as there are several boats; see the link at the bottom of the article) but you get to see some very nice homes and other points of interest along the way.
In addition, you come near the 17th Street bridge (A1A). It caught my eye with its interesting supports. Not your usual bridge architecture with the unique Carina Pier.
Just at the bridge we turned left and then into Lake Sylvia, not really a lake but an offshoot of the twists and turns of the Inland Waterway/Intracoastal in the Fort Lauderdale area.
It was a hot and bright July day so the ride was refreshing. Not as comfortable as an air conditioned car but then, there would have been no picture. But soon after we were walking off the pier just north of Las Olas Blvd and then a short walk to A1A/South Atlantic Blvd and the beach.
After a while at the restaurants and shops, we headed back but decided it would take too long on the water taxi back. So the Sun Trolley was very convenient, and cool, since it was air conditioned and cheap, 1$ (see links below). We got off a very short distance from Las Olas Riverfront.
A nice way to end the day.