Rio Vista

Rio Vista is pristinely maintained, and it is considered a very safe and calm area.

Welcome to Rio Vista

A luxurious waterfront community with magnificent homes
Meaning “River View” in Spanish, Rio Vista is certainly an area that lives up to its name. This luxurious community near the heart of Fort Lauderdale offers breathtaking waterfront scenery and unparalleled ocean access, making it the ultimate dream for boaters. This swanky area is also home to some of the most expensive and upscale homes in the Fort Lauderdale area, and this attracts plenty of wealthy and powerful buyers. Between the convenient waterfront access and the many nearby restaurants and shops, it comes as no surprise that this area is so highly sought-after.

Rio Vista is pristinely maintained, and it is considered a very safe and calm area. Its tree-lined streets are bordered by plenty of impressive high-end homes, ranging in style from contemporary to Mediterranean. Many residences here boast waterfront access, which is a major draw for buyers. Several homes also feature stylish interiors, updated finishes, and tons of outdoor entertainment space.

What to Love

  • Culture-rich communities with tons of character
  • Stunning waterfront views throughout the area
  • Prestigious neighborhoods with magnificent homes

Local Lifestyle

The Rio Vista lifestyle is extremely laid-back and posh, and locals here love to take in all the luxuries that the area has to offer. The unbeatable waterfront access means that many homeowners have space to dock their boats, which allows them to get out on the water to relax or cruise whenever they please. The area is also known for its friendly and walkable neighborhoods, meaning locals can often be spotted biking, walking, or jogging through their well-maintained communities on nice days.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

There are several eateries and bars in the Rio Vista area that locals love to frequent. Canyon Restaurant is one trendy restaurant that is ideal for high-energy dinners with a group. Serving American food with an Asian, South and Central American flair, Canyon provides guests with unique and unforgettable cuisine. Menu highlights include their Pork Risotto and Beef Tenderloin Risotto, served with any of their expertly-crafted cocktails. Be sure to also try their iconic chocolate bread pudding for a sweet end to the experience!

Another stylish nearby restaurant is Wild Sea on Las Olas. The perfect spot for a special occasion, Wild Sea is a high-end restaurant that provides all guests with an unforgettable fine dining experience. The chic dining room and bright outdoor terrace provides the perfect setting for enjoying a divine meal. Well-known dishes here include the Grilled Lamb Loin Chops, the Jamaican Style Jerked Chicken, and the New England Lobster Salad Roll. Guests also love to enjoy happy hour or after-dinner drinks here, as the restaurant features an impressive selection of wine, cognac, and scotch. 

Rio Vista also provides residents with fantastic access to an array of shops. The nearby Harbor Shops has several stores that residents look to for everyday necessities. With an array of spas, fitness studios, accessory boutiques, and more, this is a convenient spot that locals can turn to for the basics. 

Things to Do

There are plenty of things for residents to do within the Rio Vista area! Besides boating and spending time on the coast, locals of the area take part in a variety of other prominent activities. Several locals rave about visiting the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. This Florida state park offers a peaceful slice of the wilderness for guests to explore. A vibrant community center, locals love to gather here to picnic with friends, stroll through with family, or enjoy time reading alone under the shade of the trees. Ideal for those who want a calm oasis, this state park is a must-visit spot. 


Students in the Rio Vista area have their pick of strong schools to pick from. Bethany Christian School is one highly-respected option in the area. A small religious school, Bethany Christian boasts small classes where students receive personalized attention. With a curriculum rooted in rigorous academics and a lifelong commitment to faith, this school provides students with a well-rounded experience that prepares them for the next level of education and beyond.

Demographics and Employment Data for Rio Vista, FL

Rio Vista has 990 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Rio Vista do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 2,653 people call Rio Vista home. The population density is 10,246.909 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Rio Vista, FL

There's plenty to do around Rio Vista, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including My Mama's Books Records Cafe, Born of Water Apparel, and My Mama's Books Records Cafe.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 4.18 miles 15 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 0.99 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.92 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.04 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.04 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 0.78 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

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Schools in Rio Vista, FL

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The following schools are within or nearby Rio Vista. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Bethany Christian School
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