Located just south of Port Everglades and formerly known as John U. Lloyd State Park, Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park is a beachside park with a unique undeveloped coastal ecosystem.
It’s a popular location for boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking, hiking, and biking away from the hectic pace of the big city. The park is not too crowded and is a great destination for couples and families.
Location and Fees
The park stretches from Dania on the south to Port Everglades Inlet on the north encompassing the area between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. The address details are as follows: 6503 North Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, Florida.
The park is open from 8 a.m. until sunset every day throughout the year. The admission fee is $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists, $4 for single-occupant vehicles, $6 for vehicles with passengers (2 to 8 people including the driver + $2 extra for each extra passenger). There are several parking lots at various spots and parking is usually not a problem.
For your convenience, there are restrooms, showers, changing rooms, pavilions, picnic tables, and grills. If you haven’t brought your own food for a picnic, there is a concession to buy some snacks and drinks. However, there are no restaurants. For sports enthusiasts, there are watersport rentals. There is also a boat ramp on the western side of the park (boat launch costs $9).
The park offers miles of serene, undeveloped beach. The least crowded section is near Parking Lot 1. The sand has lots of shells, which means more fun for kids. However, walking barefoot may be not a good option so make sure you have your shoes on.
The water is usually clean and clear but, depending on the season and weather conditions, there may be a significant amount of seaweed on the beach and in the water. There are no lifeguards so swimming is at your own risk.
Sports enthusiasts can rent kayaks, paddleboards, and other equipment on site. For those who like strolling, there are trails running along the Intracoastal Waterway where you will find plenty of spots to enjoy the beautiful views of Port Everglades and giant ships coming and going. If you have a valid state fishing license, you can fish at one of the numerous fishing spots in the park.
- 45 minutes from Miami, FL
- 1 hour from West Palm Beach, FL
- 2 hours 20 minutes from Fort Myers, FL
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park Beach (John U. Lloyd State Park Beach) which you can visit: