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Eco-Adventure: South Florida Boating & More

 

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Hollywood, also known as the "Diamond of the Gold Coast," is Florida's own unique gem.
Unspoiled yet exciting, Hollywood has much for both locals and first-time visitors to discover continuously. Noting its seven-plus miles of white, sandy beaches and Blue Wave-certified pristine beaches, Florida Living Magazine recently named Hollywood Beach "Florida's Best Beach." Hollywood is also home to the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Anne Kolb Nature Center, which provide the perfect recipe for eco-adventures and nature lovers.

Hollywood Beach consists of more than seven miles of three uniquely beautiful beaches. North Beach is an area where city, county, and state parks meet to create an eco-friendly paradise rich in nature and water activities. Visitors come from around South Florida and Fort Lauderdale to experience boating, fishing, jet skiing, parasailing, diving, snorkeling, and surfing, among many other activities.

Fishing in particular is a rich pastime in Hollywood. Many guide and charter services are available to make your experience as smooth as enjoyable as possible. Head out to the deep seas off South Florida in a boat or fish the intercoastal waterways on foot or in a kayak; either way, you'll have a great time and, hopefully, catch something delicious for dinner.

Sailor's Point
This pleasant site offers two ramp/launch pads into North Lake for the launching of Sunfish sailboats. Youth and adult classes.

921 Northlake Drive
Hollywood, FL 33019
www.sailorspoint.org

West Lake Park and Anne Kolb Nature Center
The Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park is a remarkable mangrove eco-system that invites you to explore its brackish 1,500-acre realm by paddle, bike or foot. Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle through the tidal channels deep in the mangroves. The three paddling trails, each only a half-mile from Hollywood's oceanfront Broadwalk, might as well be on the moon.

Another way to view the haven is on the pair of boardwalks that cross the mangroves 1,200 and 1,500 feet, the shorter with a simple Noguchi-like bench framed by a gazebo overlooking the lake. Pamphlets and interpretive signs help guide visitors inclined on their own. Low buildings that barely top the mangroves explain the eco-system with photo exhibits, aquariums, a film screening room. Visitors can hop aboard a U.S. Coast Guard inspected 25-passenger covered boat for a narrated tour of the tidal creeks and open waters of West Lake.

Still one more way, a five-story tower rises 68 feet and throws open views of the entire watery realm, ocean to lake, north to the airport and seaport and south to a more recreational portion of this preserved coastal realm.

Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park
751 Sheridan Street
Hollywood, FL 33019
954-357-5161

www.broward.org/parks

Hollywood North Beach Park
Between Hollywood's oceanfront Broadwalk and a serene small seaside lodging district is a protected beach area much favored by visitors, Hollywood North Beach Park. An area where city, county and state parks meet to create an eco-friendly paradise rich in nature and recreation opportunities, the park spans 55 acres of beach and park along State Road A1A along Hollywood Beach. Check out the eco-friendly sea turtle hatchery that's part of the Endangered Sea Turtle Protection Program and climb the park's 60-foot observation tower offering incredible views of Hollywood Beach, the Intracoastal Waterway and Coastal Mangrove Wetland area. One section of the park runs along the Intracoastal Waterway where a long boardwalk edges barrier island mangroves providing a great spot to picnic, launch a kayak and spend the day fishing.

Amenities: Changing rooms and outdoor showers are on-site.

Added Attractions: Beachfront activities include snorkeling, boating, volleyball and picnicking. Intracoastal activities include fishing, canoeing, kayaking and picnicking.

Admission and Parking: Free admission. On-site parking costs $5 before 2PM and $3 after. Search for street parking if you're so inclined.

Where to Eat: Picnic areas with tables and grills available. A variety of fine restaurants are close by along the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk.

Lifeguard on Duty: Lifeguards are on duty daily from 9AM to 5PM, and you can call the swimming condition hotline at 954-357-5161 to get daily ocean updates.

Hollywood North Beach Park
3601 North Ocean Drive
Hollywood, FL 33019
954-357-5161

www.broward.org/parks

Big Cypress Seminole Reservation
Hollywood is also home to The Seminole Tribe of Florida, which serves as the "Gateway to the Everglades." History buffs will love The Seminole Okalee Indian Village, which offers people a glimpse into the lives of the Seminole Indians, through alligator shows, arts & crafts, and live history demonstration. At the Seminole's Billie Swamp Safari within the Seminole Indian Reservation, history comes alive as explorers make their way through more than 2,200 lush acres of the Big Cypress Reservation. While taking an airboat ride or walk through the safari, visitors catch glimpses of deer, water buffalo, bison, wild hogs, hawks, eagles, and alligators. Even more outdoor-history is available at the International Game Fishing Association/Fishing Hall of Fame, with a kid's discovery room, library and virtual fishing.

Blessed with a year-round tropical climate, Hollywood offers thrill-seekers water sports, boating, jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and wind surfing. Visitors can watch or participate in a variety of professional golf, tennis, running, and cycling tournaments.

Big Cypress Seminole Reservation
P: 863-983-6101
P: 800-949-6101
www.seminoletribe.com

Full Moon Kayak Co.
Explore & Experience the Real South Florida! Get away from the every day Hustle and Bustle lifestyle and go paddling. We cater to first time kayakers as well as providing adventurous journeys to more experienced paddlers. Full Moon Kayak Co. offers both urban and eco-tours (most within 15 minutes from downtown Fort Lauderdale) Over 300 miles of navigable waterways and an average air temperature of 77 degrees makes this prime conditions for kayaking.

Choose to watch the sun rise over the ocean from your kayak or paddle through mangroves, or past 100' mega-yachts and mansions on the Intracoastal during the day or night. We pride ourselves on offering safe trips that are suitable for young and old. All the necessary gear for a unique adventure is provided.

Full Moon Kayak Co.
P: 954-328-5231

Plan Your Hollywood Eco-Adventure
Everything you need to set up your Eco-Adventure can be found in our free vacation planner. Request one today and learn what makes the waters and landscapes near Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale such ideal settings for fishing, boating, and other classic South Florida outdoor pastimes.

 
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