Welcome to Hollywood. No, not the lala land and movie star Hollywood. The east coast version, Hollywood, Florida. This beach town is adjacent and just south of Ft. Lauderdale.
The major portion of the town; shopping, businesses and residential areas are on the “mainland”. The resorts, condominiums and hotels are located on Hollywood Beach, a 7 mile long and approximately 1000 foot wide sandbar with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and seperated from the rest of the town by the Intracoastal Waterway on the other. The majority of the resorts are on the southern end of Hollywood Beach.
The Hollywood Beach Broadwalk offers everything you need for a perfect day at the beach. Yes, Broadwalk not Boardwalk. There is no boardwalk, it is a street wide promenade of paver brick running parallel to the beach. Restaurants, ice cream shops, souvenir stores and charming hotels border a 2.5 mile car free “Broadwalk” creating an amazing path for rollerbladers, bicyclers and joggers. An authentic beach resort with a diverse an endless amount of activity from sunrise to sunset.
Since posting the above I walked part of the “Broadwalk” and talked with a shop owner whom told me that up until very recently it actually was a wooden “Boardwalk”. The entire paver brick beach front promenade was recently installed as part of an agreement to secure a Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. The restaurant will be built at the end of Johnson Street, where it intersects with Hollywood Beach. Johnson Street seems to be the hyb of Hollywood Beach. This is where the three trolley lines converge. There is also a covered bandstand at the beach, their version of Hollywood Bowl!
Until next time,