Florida’s Hollywood is a laid-back bohemian-style beach enclave sandwiched between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Crystal-clear coves and long stretches of sunny beaches dominate the coastline, dotted with old-fashioned promenades, waterfront bistros, pubs and nature parks.
Things to do in Hollywood
Sand and waves aren’t the only attractions in Hollywood, with the Beach Broadwalk pedestrian promenade buzzing both day and night. Skaters, joggers and cyclists dart in and out, while beachfront stalls sell souvenirs, beach gear and snacks. You can rent a cabana, skates and paddleboards from dozens of outfitters along the promenade.
Families gather at Charnow Park to enjoy the interactive splash fountain and climbing walls, followed by live music and performance art at Hollywood Beach Theater. A trolley from the beach takes you to the downtown area, where you can peruse local art galleries and colourful street murals stretching for blocks.
Spend an afternoon enjoying the sights and sounds of ArtsPark, located within the Young Circle urban park. Outdoor stages host theatrical performances and dedicated glass-blowing artisans put on free demonstrations. Test your luck at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino nearby, which boasts slot machines and table games.
You can explore the South Florida ecosystem at Anne Kolb Nature Center and West Lake Park, a 600-hectare coastal mangrove with hiking trails. If you want to see some of Florida’s oldest inhabitants, roam through the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary at Flamingo Gardens to see alligators, panthers and flamingos in their natural habitats.
Getting around Hollywood
The Hollywood Trolley services major tourist spots, including the beaches, while buses, taxis and ride-share drivers offer widespread transportation. You can rent a bicycle along the waterfront or pick up a rental car at Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, about 10 kilometres from the city centre.