Monday, April 5, 2010

Hollywood Beach Florida

Hollywood Beach Florida is a treasure that is often hidden away from tourists visiting Miami. It is a fantastic place to visit for anyone at any age, and Hollywood Beach Florida is a great place for families visiting Florida with kids. Hollywood Beach is located about 10 miles north of Miami Beach, and if you want to enjoy the scenic Collins Boulevard/A1A, Hollywood Beach is a great place to end up and spend the afternoon.

Hollywood Beach is one of the few stretches of beach in Eastern South Florida that is not dominated by huge sky rises or private homes. Instead Hollywood Beach is a charismatic place with older hotels, small motels, ins and a few condos. It is a fantastic place to vacation with beautiful beaches, white sand, turquoise water, a sizzling broadwalk and a festive ambiance that can only be found on the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk..

The beaches are broad with lots of activities, such as volleyball nets, rental bikes of different kinds, playgrounds for the kids, racquetball and of course a free walk down the broadwalk.

Johnson Street Playground

Playground Hollywood Beach

The area around Johnson street has a lot to offer besides the playgrounds and the beach. At the Johnson Street Stage, the Hollywood Beach Theater, you can listen to music several nights a week. Local or traveling musicians fill the broadwalk with music, which will often draw small crowds of dancing locals and tourist.

You can find the music event calendar for Hollywood Beach here

The Hollywood Beach Theater

Along the broadwalk which faces the ocean, you will find more swim wear shops and gift shops than you can visit in a day, and there is something for every price class. On weekends there are often craft and art fairs, and on Sundays there is an organic produce market as well.

There are restaurants for every taste and price class, and if an ice cream or a slice of pizza is what you desire there are plenty of options to choose between as well. You can find anything from Greek, Mexican, sea food or burger and fries.

A trip to Hollywood beach can be as frugal as you desire, and the only cost you cannot get out of is parking. There are several great places to park, but on a busy Sunday it can be difficult to find a vacant spot. On the busy days you can park at the parking garage just south of Hollywood Boulevard for $5 a day, or you can choose the Johnson Street garage for $10 a day. All other days turn right straight after Hollywood Boulevard at Polk Street, drive all the way up to the beach and drive down along the beach while you look for the right spot for you. I personally recommend the area around Indiana Street, as there is often a sandbank that calms the waves.

My best recommendation for a frugal day at the beach is arriving early. Watching the sun rise over the Atlantic is priceless, and parking is free until 8 a.m. Bring your own breakfast, snacks and drinks and you'll be set until lunch time. Bringing a sun umbrella and being generous with the sunscreen is highly advised, as the sun's rays are strong in South Florida

Hollywood Beach Florida is a gem of old charm and fun,  and it has the best beach that visitors will have a difficult time leaving.

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