By enjoyFloridaBeaches.com Staff October 5, 2015
Dania Beach is a beautiful beach town with Old Florida charm and known as “The Antique Capital of the South" because of its many antique shops.
This beach community is located just south of Fort Lauderdale and offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of a large city while being just minutes away from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Dania Beach is a perfect destination for beach lovers. And Dania Beach Ocean Park is perhaps the most important location for beachgoers for fishing, diving, swimming, sunning, and just spending quality time with family and friends on the beach.
The Dania Beach Pier spans out over the tropical azure water of the Atlantic coast, and is a great place to fish or watch the waves roll in, and an excellent place to grab a bite to eat at the pier restaurant.
John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, located in the far north section of Dania Beach, is a perfect place for a day at the beach or a picnic, and features numerous activities, such as surf fishing, canoeing, swimming, hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, viewing wildlife, and more. It’s also an excellent location for a beach wedding or vow renewal, while overlooking the beautiful blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
In addition to beach activities, Dania Beach is perfect for many of the saltwater and freshwater activities people love in Florida.
Are you an avid fishing enthusiast? The sheer number of fishing related activities are enough to keep you entertained. Be inspired to fish at the International Game Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, then challenge yourself to catch local game fish at the Dania Beach Fishing Pier.
Scuba diving is also very popular in Dania Beach. You’ll see shore divers on Dania Beach, and numerous dive boats anchored offshore on beautiful days. The current off Dania Beach makes drift diving fun and exciting. Consult local experts before diving Dania Beach the first time, especially to learn about the best dive locations like Dania Beach Erojacks and Dania Beach SeaTech Ledges.
When you’re ready for eco-adventures, visit the Secret Woods Nature Center. You’ll enjoy Butterfly Island, a 3,800-square-foot walk-through butterfly garden, and you’ll love exploring the 1,200-foot mulched Laurel Oak Trail. Also in the nature center is The New River Trail, a 3,200-foot boardwalk trail that will take you through three different ecosystems. Also see the Monarch Interpretive Center, which is a 2,000-square-foot facility with interpretive displays and hands-on activities focusing on the nature center's flora and fauna.
Close by, in Hollywood, Florida, don’t miss West Lake Park and Anne Kolb Nature Center for freshwater eco-adventures and fun for the entire family.
No vacation destination is complete without a wide range of awesome local eateries. Thankfully, Dania Beach has lots to offer when it comes to enjoying different types of dining experiences.
Grandpa’s Bakery and Restaurant features delicious All-American dishes and wonderful pastries that you’ll enjoy. And Islamorada Fish Company, connected to Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World complex in Dania Beach, will deliver a dining experience you’ll remember for a lifetime.
Then when you’re ready for a snack, enjoy dessert at any of the premium shops like Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor, which is an old-school style ice cream shop.
Dania Beach features a bountiful selection of accommodations to meet every budget.
If you want to pamper yourself and your guests, consider staying at the Hyatt, Cambria Hotel & Suites, or the Hilton Garden Inn. These hotels offer amenities such as transportation to the airport and cruise ships, buffets, easy access to shopping and restaurants, while also being located close to popular destinations like Dania Beach, Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Port Everglades, golf courses, and more.
Budget conscious accommodations in Dania Beach include Motel 6, Super 8, and Sleep Inn, which also have airport transportation and other amenities you’ll enjoy on your trip, and are well located in Dania Beach for easy access to shops, restaurants, and local beach destinations.
Dania Beach has diverse shopping options, especially as the “The Antique Capital of the South," with numerous antique shops along Federal Highway known as “Antique Row.” Here, you’ll love the small shops and antique mall that carry collectibles difficult to find anywhere else, such as china, art, sculpture, linen and more.
In addition to local antique shops, there are the chain stores you expect to see in South Florida, in addition to Bass Pro Shops, where you can find about anything you need for your trip.
Weddings & Events
Dania Beach is conveniently located to host weddings and special events. Local hotels and restaurants will make your stay very enjoyable, and provide a great selection of venues to host your event.
Staged Right Events, a local event planner, provides one-stop event services for weddings, corporate events, and social gatherings.
And if you are thinking about having an outdoor wedding, John U. Lloyd Beach State Park is the perfect place to tie the knot overlooking the Atlantic Ocean while listening to the waves.