Throughout the summer, "Best Beaches" will highlight the best beach spots Broward has to offer. Don't agree? Check back next week; your favorite beach in Broward could be next.
Hallandale Beach: the place that isn't quite in Miami but is barely in Broward. Hallandale Beach gets overshadowed by the famously named Hollywood Beach — it's like the middle child of South Florida beaches. There's nothing flashy about it, nothing your out-of-town visitors need to see before they go home, but it's just the sort of beach you dream about at work all week.
Relaxed, convenient, accessible, and stunningly beautiful, Hallandale Beach could be the best Broward has to offer.
Some of the beaches we've visited this summer have made a good first impression because of nonexistent traffic or easy access to the sand, but Hallandale Beach jumps out at us because of how beautiful it is leading up to your arrival at the beach. The drive is so nice and perpetually surrounded by beautiful scenery that you actually consider staying in the car longer than you have to so you can continue experiencing it. Hallandale Beach truly reminds you that you live in one of the nicest places in the country.
9. The infrastructure.
Leading up to Hallandale Beach, there are tons of amazing buildings that you just want to take a picture in front of. We don't normally consider a building we have no intention of entering (and aren't allowed in, for that matter) a perk, but the striking beauty and attention to detail you see on the Hallandale coast makes you want to sell everything you own to rent one of those studios. Some parts of Hallandale Beach are so littered with high-rise condos that if you didn't know better, you would think you're somewhere in California.
Parking doesn't matter, right? Wrong. It's huge. There are so many beaches in Broward that remind us of circling the block for a spot before class for hours in college. Hallandale Beach assures you that you will have no such problem by offering the cheapest parking ($1.25/hr) in the best possible locations. There are multiple places to park on Hallandale Beach, but by far the most convenient is the underground garage that's literally a beach ball throw away from the beach. This was one of the most fuss-free parking experiences we've had at a beach in some time, and it's a major plus when ranking Hallandale Beach above others.
7. Bike rentals.
Throughout Hallandale Beach, there are Broward B-cycle stations where you can rent a bicycle for 30-minute increments or for an entire day. For as little as five bucks, you can ride along the beach scoping out places to rest, beautiful people, places to eat, or all of the above. If you join their club, the prices go down to a buck. We've seen these stations at a few beaches along our Best Beach journey, but the ones in Hallandale Beach were the most
6. The unique views.
We've been to a lot of beaches this summer, so we've seen the beach just about every which way imaginable. Hallandale Beach, however, has some views we simply haven't seen anywhere else in Broward. This beach is more hidden than most — you need to actually wind around some buildings to see it — so when you actually get a glimpse of the water over the shrubs, it's apparent which beach you're at. There are 'Kid Zones' set up along Hallandale Beach with seating just off the sand that
5. Hyde Beach Kitchen.
111 S. Surf Rd, Hallandale Beach.
If there's one bar you want to stop at
4. Options, options, options.
At some point when you're at the beach, you get sick of the beach; it's just a fact. Nobody wants to go to the beach to just lie there. You want things to do that don't include basting like a turkey in the sun. Hallandale Beach has activities in spades. The best options are surrounding Hyde, but throughout the
Remember those high-rise buildings we loved to look up at earlier? Turns out they serve another purpose: They create shade on the beach — unheard of! The towering buildings left us with a giant area that made chilling on the beach without an umbrella sustainable for more than twenty minutes, which is something we can't say was a possibility at any other beach we've traveled to this summer. Here we found a group of people that didn't so much come for the tan but for a beautiful place to read a book or take in the ocean breeze.
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2. The lazy atmosphere.
Hallandale Beach gets major points for being just outside of the much busier Hollywood and Miami. It's right in the center of everything, yet it somehow receives much less notice. It's the last stop in Broward on your way out the door and the first stop on your way back in. Hallandale Beach is the successful middle child that doesn't get as much attention from their parents but totally should. It's got everything you need, without all the fanfare.