Hollywood Beach is more than deserving of its famous name; it's the crown jewel of Broward beaches. While we enjoy other quaint beaches across the county, sometimes we need some action, and Hollywood Beach is the action. Going to Hollywood Beach is more than a trip to sunbathe and swim. It's an event. It's a memory. It's an attraction.
Between the people watching, the attractions, the food, the culture, and the resort style living, Hollywood Beach is hands-down the best beach Broward County has to offer.
10. The Hollywood Broadwalk.
The first thing that comes to mind when people think Hollywood Beach is the Hollywood Broadwalk, so obviously, we must start here. The Broadwalk — which runs two-and-a-half miles along Hollywood Beach — is littered with over 50 restaurants, 30 boutiques and shops, three oceanfront resorts, over 30 small lodging hotels, and three oceanfront parks. Simply put, it's as entertaining as it is beautiful.
9. Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Resort and Hotel.
The $147 million Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort broke ground in August 2013 and has been brightening up Hollywood Beach ever since. Four years later, Margaritaville is such a huge part of Hollywood Beach that we can barely remember what it was like before it arrived. Its style is a hat tip to the lyrics and lifestyle of singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett — a little taste of Key West in Hollywood. Along with the restaurants (including some upscale options like JWB Steakhouse), boutiques, and pools, it's one of the most important things built in Broward in some time.
8. The artwork.
It seems not an inch of a blank space on Hollywood Beach is wasted. At every turn there is a new piece of art, whether it be a sculpture, painting, or piece of architecture; Hollywood Beach is quickly becoming Wynwood North. The art gives the area a unique feel, and it reminds you where you are. Much of the art is spread throughout the Broadwalk, and you can always see beach-goers stopping to take pictures of or with interesting hidden gems.
7. Anne Kolb Nature Center .
Just off the beach itself, you'll find the Anne Kolb Nature Center (751 Sheridan St., Hollywood; 954-357-5161). The nature center complex is a 1,500-acre coastal mangrove wetland that doubles not only as a great park to take the family for a picnic, but as a place that is well known for its fantastic fishing and boardwalk. The trails that run throughout the wetlands make for great sightseeing as the Nature Center is home to a wide variety of plants and animals, including some threatened and endangered species.
6. Cheap meal options.
If you've ever been to Las Vegas, the above sign looks very familiar. The great thing about the Hollywood Broadwalk being packed with 50 restaurants and hundreds of other tiny shops — not to mention the occasional food truck or cart — is that it creates competition. It's a diner's market, which means you'll eat well on the cheap. The signs as you walk by make you do a double take. The idea, of course, is to get you with the cheap food in hopes you stay for the expensive drinks, but you're smarter than that. Maybe. Nah, probably not.