Pompano Beach is a bustling city, nestled 17 kilometres north of Fort Lauderdale on the Atlantic coast of Florida. In addition to its beautiful golden sandy beaches, the city is also the gateway to the wildlife haven of Everglades National Park. Visitors to Pompano Beach will find a multitude of shopping malls, theatres, golf courses, parks and plenty of dining options.
Pompano Beach is known for its boating and fishing, and it’s a popular area for diving and snorkelling. The city is home to over 50 local parks, perfect for outdoor and sports enthusiasts. One of the best areas is The Great Lawn, an outdoor concert venue by the beach featuring performances and events all year round. There are picnic areas, tennis courts, outdoor gyms and aquatic centres to entertain all the family. Those wishing to delve deeper into the wilderness should head for the Everglades National Park. The park is the largest mangrove ecosystem in the western hemisphere, and home to 36 protected species. Eagle-eyed visitors will have the pleasure of viewing the American Crocodile, Florida Panther and the West Indian Manatee. The park supports 350 species of birdlife, 300 saltwater and fresh fish, and up to 50 mammal and reptile species. Pompano Beach is also a wonderful area for discovering Florida’s history. The Ely Educational Museum in Pompano Beach is dedicated to teacher and activist Blanche Ely. It offers a fascinating insight into African-American history in the state. Those eager to sample the culinary delights of Pompano Beach will find no shortage of options. The city is home to fine examples of Caribbean, Mediterranean and American gastronomy.
There are many ways in which to reach Pompano Beach. Most tourists arrive by air into Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport or Miami International Airport. Some may also arrive via cruise ship. Pompano Beach rail station offers transport options from West Palm Beach to Miami Airport and vice versa. There are community shuttle buses and public bus services available. Those wishing to gain access to outlying areas should consider renting a car, taxi or Uber.
Pompano Beach was named after the Florida “Pompano”, a fish found in the Atlantic Ocean. The first inhabitants of the city were said to work on the railways, as they arrived in 1896 when the first train arrived. The railroad opened corridors to the rest of the coastline, and many began to settle here. Today, Americans migrate to this area of the country to retire, live a life in the sunshine and enjoy the outdoor pursuits on offer. It’s also a popular area for tourists, due to its proximity to Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Miami and the Everglades National Park.