Hollywood Florida Beaches
Hollywood Beach recognized as a healthy place to swim and recreate
Hollywood Beach has been designated as a Blue Wave Clean Beach by The Clean Beaches Council. The designation recognizes the City of Hollywood's efforts to manage its public beach responsibly with a focus on protecting human health and the environment.
The beach extends from Hallandale Beach Boulevard to county-owned North Beach Park and about a half-mile short of Dania Beach Boulevard. Its adjacent 2.2-mile Broadwalk is crammed with cafes, bars, shops and its own band shell. There's also a sea turtle hatchery, part of the Endangered Sea Turtle Protection and Relocation Program. Beach conditions: 954-921-3334. Annual resident parking permit info: 954-921-3535. North Beach Park: 954-926-2444.
Facilities: Showers, restrooms, three playground areas with slides and swings (Charnow, Harry Berry and Keating) with picnic pavilions at Charnow Park and Garfield Street. Nearby one can play paddleball at the historic Garfield paddleball courts. The Hollywood Beach Theater at Johnson Street offers entertainment. Adjacent North Beach Park, at Sheridan and A1A, features a 60-foot observation tower, picnic facilities, restrooms and (on the Intracoastal side) shelters and fishing piers.
Lifeguards: Twenty-one lifeguard towers and eight first-aid stations operate from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day during the summer; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. other times.
Rules: No pets, alcohol or glass containers. Saltwater fishing license is not required. Oceanfront fishing is allowed only before 8 a.m. and after 6 p.m. No feeding animals or strays, or removing plants. No firearms or fireworks permitted.
A certified clean beach is a Blue Wave designated beach that is managed responsibly, with a focus on protection of human health and the environment. Clean beaches are relatively free of litter, have handicap accessibility and public restroom facilities, clearly demonstrate to the public laws and information on the beach and its management, and have swimmable waters.
Hollywood Beach Broadwalk
Named one of America’s top ten nostalgic promenades by USA Today in 2005, the pedestrian Hollywood Beach Broadwalk has undergone a complete renovation.
Built in the 1920s, the oceanfront Broadwalk offers over two miles of car-free enjoyment. Walkers, runners, bicyclists and rollerbladers set their own pace on this path, which is bordered by six miles of Hollywood’s famous coastline, boutique hotels, charming shops, and cafés and places to eat facing the ocean.
Hire a bike on the Broadwalk and follow the gorgeous new path. Then, continue into the West Lake Nature Preserve to reconnect with nature and discover what early Florida looked like.
The beach offers its own entertainment, including paddle ball, volleyball, group yoga and Tai Chi classes. Several golf courses and tennis courts are also within easy reach. At night, a full season of cultural events takes centre stage.
Still, the most popular pastime on the beach is simply savouring the charming character of this truly unique setting. Comfortable sun beds and cabanas are available for rent, so reserve a day for relaxing to the sound of soothing waves. The fresh ocean air will carry you into a state of pure bliss. Hollywood is also a haven for ecotourism. From canoe trips through pristine West Lake Park, a 1,500-acre nature preserve, to extreme watersports, Hollywood has something to keep every body in motion. And after a refreshing trip to the popular weekend organic farmers’ market and juice bar, take advantage of the exciting nightlife options in Historic Downtown Hollywood.