It's hard to beat a tranquil day on the beach, especially in the winter months when much of the country suffers from frigid weather. Fort Lauderdale Beach, long considered a rowdy spring-break destination, has recently shed that reputation to become a trendy, upscale escape. With its sugar-white sands and calm, clear waters, the six-kilometer (four-mile) stretch of public beach is the perfect spot for a relaxing morning or afternoon. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for rent. When you're done with swimming and sunbathing, you can stroll the palm-lined promenade, usually bursting with activity, and pop across the street to visit restaurants, shops and high-end hotels.