If you’re looking for a tranquil and secluded stretch of beach surrounded by beautiful palms and gently-sloping dunes on the Atlantic shore, then Dania Beach is the place to go. Located conveniently close to Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, this small beach town with its award-winning blue-water beaches and nature activities is a very attractive vacation destination where you can spend days swimming, sunbathing, dining out, and shopping.
Dania Beach is very family-friendly and, to make things even better, is one of the least crowded beaches in the area. A great place to get away.
Location and Access
A part of the South Florida metropolitan area, Dania Beach is located south of Fort Lauderdale and north of Hollywood. There is a metered parking lot near the beach – two dollars per hour. Be sure to feed the meter timely because the parking lot is properly monitored.
There are public restrooms near the parking lot. The pier area has new benches, trash cans, and water hoses – the place has become cleaner over the past years. There is a decent seafood restaurant with reasonable pricing.
The water is bright blue and so clear you can see fish swimming in it. Be careful in the water as it can get deep very quickly. The waves are good for waders but not for surfers. Swimming is enjoyable for kids as well as adults and there are lifeguards on duty. Be aware that there can be a lot of seaweed in the water and on the shore depending on the weather.
The pier at Dania Beach is very popular with local anglers as well as hungry tourists who are lucky to taste just-caught seafood at the pier restaurant, which is situated directly over the water. For fishermen, there is a nice bait and tackle shop on site. The rental poles are quite expensive ($40 + $10 deposit).
These waters are home to the mutton snapper, mangrove snapper, bluefish, cero mackerel, bonito, and kingfish. If you have no intention to try your fishing skills, you can just stroll over the ocean and watch other people fishing or waves splashing, or planes in the sky arriving into Fort Lauderdale airport.
Some of the best pastime options at Dania Beach are as simple as strolling along the shore or sitting on the beach, listening to the waves and enjoying the views of cruise ships passing by, or colorful parasails in the distance, or Miami skyline at night.
- 35 minutes from Miami, FL
- 55 minutes from West Palm Beach, FL
- 2 hours 10 minutes from Fort Myers, FL
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Dania Beach which you can visit:
- Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park Beach (John U. Lloyd State Park Beach) (1 mile)
- Hollywood Dog Beach (1 mile)
- Hollywood North Beach Park (2 miles)
- Hollywood Beach (2 miles)
- Charnow Park Beach (3 miles)