Location of Hollywood Beach
South of Fort Lauderdale and north of Miami, Hollywood Beach Florida stretches nearly 2.5 miles along the Atlantic Ocean from Highway A1A and Ocean Drive in the north to State Road 858 (Hallandale Beach Boulevard) in the south. It is surrounded by water with the Stranahan River in the west and the Atlantic Ocean in the east.
How to Get in Hollywood Beach, Florida
Hollywood Beach is accessible by car through Ocean Drive and Highway A1A in the north, Sheridan Street, Hollywood Boulevard, and Hallandale Beach Boulevard in the east. Highway A1A and Ocean Drive are the main roads that stretch north to south through the beach. You can also take a water taxi that makes stops in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Other options include the Tri-Rail train which stops at both Fort Lauderdale and Miami airports, the Broward County Transit (BTC) cusses, and the Sun Shuttle. You can also walk or bike around Hollywood Beach.
The closest airport is Fort Lauderdale, which is 25 minutes and 7 miles away, as well as Miami Airport which is 40 minutes and 24 miles away. Check out the best domestic flight deals.
Activities in Hollywood Beach
Hollywood Beach Broadwalk
The Hollywood Beach Broadwalk is the boardwalk that lines the beach and offers unique shops and outdoor cafes. You can jog, skate, and cycle, and even rent some bicycles to ride along the unique boardwalk, viewing the ocean and sandy beach on one side.
There are over 35 parks and 5 dog parks in the area, including a dog beach. Additionally, the Anne Kolb Nature Center offers 1,500 acres of mangroves and several trails you can take a boat down. There are also the Hollywood Trails, which offer walking and biking, including bicycle tours.
Arts and Culture
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a magnificent museum featuring an early 1900s Italian estate with 34 decorated rooms and 10 acres of formal gardens. The Arks Park at Young Circle features 10 acres of green space, and a children’s play area and interactive fountain.
You can snorkel or scuba dive in the turquoise waters off of Hollywood Beach or in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Additionally, you can participate in surf fishing, catching fish while standing in the surf or on the shoreline on Hollywood North Beach Park, or the many beaches in the area. You can even go sailing in the Atlantic Ocean.
There are two country clubs in the area, The Club at Emerald Hills, and Hollywood Beach Golf & Country Club.
Some of the shopping in the area include Aventura Mall, which is the largest independent mall in South Florida, Las Olas Boulevard with posh boutiques, Galleria Mall with premier shopping, and Sawgrass Mills Outlet with over 400 retailers.
The BB&T Center hosts more than 200 events annually, including the Florida hockey team, Panthers. The Hard Rock Stadium hosts the Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami Hurricanes football teams and the annual college football bowl game, the Orange Bowl.
There are many locations including Gulfstream Park, which offers horse racing and casino gaming, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with a 130,000 square-foot casino, and Mardi Gras Casino and Racing with greyhound racing, and gaming.
Restaurants on Hollywood Beach include Le Tub, a renowned burger joint, Pachamanka Authentic Peruvian Cuisine, GG’s Waterfront, offering seafood, Billy’s Stone Crab Hollywood, offering seafood, Nicks Bar & Grill, and The Taco Spot, offering Mexican food.
The Hollywood Beach Culture and Community Center hosts classes, events, activities, and meetings. The building facility has a stage and a few meeting rooms that are available to rent. Many of the hotels in the area also offer meeting and convention space.
When to go to Hollywood Beach
The weather in Hollywood Beach is gorgeous all year round with temperatures ranging from the high 50s to low 90s. The best time to go would be between December and April when the temperatures are between the high 50s and mid-80s and there tend to be fewer people around than in the summer months when many young adults and families visit the beach.
Hollywood Beach is filled with many beach hotels and resorts. Some of the more popular hotels and resorts in the area include Hollywood Beach Marriott, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hollywood Beach, Hollywood Beach Hotels, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel Hollywood, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, and The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood.
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort
The Margaritaville Beach Resort in Hollywood Beach has 369 rooms in an 18-story building. Amenities include two outdoor pools, a waterslide, surfing on the FlowRider, a rooftop, adults-only pool, the Lone Palm Beach Bar, JWB Prime Steak and Seafood, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, the Fins Up! Fitness center and St. Somewhere Spa.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel Hollywood
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel Hollywood offers 1,271 guest rooms among three towers, including the first-ever Guitar Hotel. Amenities include Rock Spa & Salon, the Shoppes at the Guitar Hotel, an outdoor pool, meeting and convention center, golf, and a 30,000 square-foot gaming area.
The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood
With 39 floors holding 1,000 rooms, The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood offers views of the ocean, the intracoastal waterway, or the Hollywood, Florida skyline. Amenities include an infinity pool that overlooks the ocean, a lagoon pool with two waterfalls Diplomat Landing dock, the Candy & Cones ice creamery, Counter Point restaurant, Diplomat Prime restaurant, Monkitail restaurant, and the Diplomat Spa.
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hollywood Beach
Located in the heart of Hollywood Beach, the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hollywood Beach is near many of the casinos in the area. Amenities include a fitness room, an infinity pool, a business center, the Lava Tiki Bar, and the Port South restaurant.
Hollywood Beach Marriott
Located right on Hollywood Beach and the Broadwalk, the Hollywood Beach Marriott offers 229 rooms on 11 floors. Amenities include a fitness center, 4 meeting rooms, the Latitudes Restaurant, the Latitudes Oceanfront Bar, an outdoor beachfront pool, and a biking trail.
Hollywood Beach Hotels
The Hollywood Beach Hotels offers studios, business rooms, one-bedroom suites, and family/group rooms steps away from Hollywood Beach. Amenities include three outdoor pools, BBQ grills, free bikes, beach towels, kitchenettes, picnic areas, and a snack bar.