Nestled between Fort Lauderdale Beach and Hillsboro Beach, Pompano Beach lies in the area where the Gulf Stream bends and the ocean waters are specifically warm and clear. The place got its name from the abundance of pompano, a tropical game fish drawn to warmer waters. Pompano Beach is a popular location for beach recreation, water sports, and toursб and one of the country’s top vacation home markets.
Location and Access
Pompano Beach is a beach city located just to the north of Fort Lauderdale and 35 miles north of Miami. The city stretches along the Atlantic Ocean and its beachfront extends for 3 miles from the Hillsboro Inlet to the intersection of State Road A1A and Terra Mar Drive.
Amenities, Dining, and Shopping
There are restrooms, showers, children’s playgrounds. There is no need to leave the beach if you get hungry – there is a variety of eateries on site. If you want to have a picnic, there are picnic tables and grills available. If you’re in the mood for shopping, the city of Pompano Beach provides enough opportunities for that as well.
Sand and Water
Pompano Beach features miles of beach, good for sunbathing, swimming, and watersports. The Atlantic waters in Pompano Beach are especially warm and clear thanks to the Gulf Stream. For your own safety, make sure to swim in the guarded area near a lifeguard station and be aware of possible rip currents.
For sports enthusiasts, there are beach volleyball courts and watersport rentals. The clear ocean in Pompano Beach is good for kayaking, surfing, and paddleboarding. The ocean breeze creates conditions for some nice kitesurfing experience.
The wreck capital of the state, Pompano Beach offers natural coral reefs not far from the shore and Shipwreck Park for scuba divers; you can also take scuba lessons and participate in dive trips offered by South Florida Diving Headquarters. The transparent waters are also good for snorkeling.
There is a 1,000-foot-long fishing pier for anglers. If you like fishing but don’t have a fishing license, don’t worry about that – you will get an opportunity to book a fishing charter anyway.
Cultural Events and Places of Interest
The list of yearly cultural events held in Pompano Beach includes St. Coleman’s Italian Festival, Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, St. Patrick’s Irish Festival, the Annual Blues and Sweet Potato Pie “Juneteenth” Festival, the Annual Nautical Flea Market, the Holiday Yuletide Parade, and the Pompano Beach Holiday Boat Parade. Apart from that, there are a few museums, galleries, theaters and malls in the city.
- 45 minutes from Miami, FL
- 50 minutes from West Palm Beach, FL
- 2 hours 20 minutes from Fort Myers, FL
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Pompano Beach which you can visit: