Hollywoods paved "Broadwalk" along the ocean
Hollywood is a coastal city in Florida, USA that is located between the cities of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. With a population of 146,000 people, Hollywood, Florida is a relatively small city that retains an old laid-back Florida feel to it compared to the larger cities in the area.
Hollywood can be divided into four different areas. The first would be Hollywood Beach along the Atlantic Ocean, where you will find most of the action. A short ways inland is Art Deco downtown Hollywood, filled with restaurants, shops, a park, and California essence housing. From here on out there is not much to see as residual housing and small business occupies the area. When you finally get to the edge of town by the Florida Turnpike, you will find a few hotels, casinos and other attractions here along an Indian reservation owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida who have lived in the area since the 18th century.
Just slightly to the north and south of Hollywood are the closely intertwined communities of Dania and Hallandale Beach respectively.
Hollywood was founded in 1925.
Hollywood has a subtropical climate, with very hot and humid summers and temperatures in the 80s and 90s (26-38 C) during the day, often 76-80F at night. The city has warm winters, with temperatures in the mid-70sF (about 23C), dipping only to 58F at night. Spring and fall have moderate humidity, usually with days around 80F and nights of 65F. The summer/fall is a rainy season with occasional tropical storms and hurricanes, and almost daily thundershowers for only an hour or so. The winter and spring is drier and mostly sunny by comparison. Hollywood gets about 60 inches of rain annually. Wintertime sees cold snaps sometimes, with nights around freezing and frosts, as well as recorded snow flurries twice.
Generally anything that will get you into Ft. Lauderdale or Miami will get you here as well, with just a tad bit more travel involved.
- The city is about 40 minutes from the Miami International Airport or 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale International Airport.
- Interstate 95 that goes south from the Atlantic Coast of the eastern USA and through cities into West Palm Beach, and Ft. Lauderdale, and Miami runs through here.
- AMTRAK offers daily train service on the Silver Star and Silver Meteor routes.
- Tri-Rail,1-800-TRI-RAIL, . Tri-Rail is a commuter rail line linking Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, with Hollywood. It is run by the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. The 72-mile system has 18 stations along the South Florida coast. The rail connects to the Metrorail in Miami at the Tri-Rail/Metrorail Transfer Station.
The easiest way to get around Hollywood and South Florida is by car. If renting, it is substantially less money to rent a car from a location outside of the airport. The city is set up on grid system, and is fairly easy to navigate.
Broward County is served by three major Interstates (I-75, I-95, I-595) and some U.S. Highways including U.S. Highway 1, US 27 and US 441. It is also served by Florida's Turnpike and State Highway 869, also known as the Sawgrass Expressway.
Fort Lauderdale Airport is served by all national and regional rental car franchises.
Taxis are generally expensive, but available at almost any time and place.
- Yellow Cab, fort lauderdale airport (201 van buren street), ☎ +1 954-777-7777. The largest company in the city.
Larrys Limo 1-800-611-6631 www.larryslimo.com
- Broward County Transit (BCT), ☎ +1 954-357-8400, . The county bus system. BCT provides for connections with the bus systems in other parts of the metropolitan area: Metrobus in Miami-Dade County and Palm Tran in Palm Beach County. Buses are available, but often slow and inconvenient. There is a push to increase bus service.
- The Hollywood Trolley, which runs at $1 per ride per person. Great for short trips around town .
- Hollywood shares the Intercostal Waterway with Fort Lauderdale; America's yachting capital. As such has numerous boat charter companies. It is a great way to see the area. There are many restaurants and bars along the intracoastal that cater to this clientèle.
- For those without boat access a Water Taxi runs through this area, as well as Ft. Lauderdale. The four stops in Hollywood are Joe's Tiki Bar and Grill; Giorgio's Bakery; the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa; and the Crowne Plaza Resort Hotel. Tickets start at $10 for one day .
- The Seminole Indian Reservation, . Here you can see the Seminole Okalee Indian Village, and the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum and get a feel for the local Seminole culture.
- The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, located in Dania Beach .
- The Dania Beach Jai-Alai, . Here you can watch or gamble on this unusual, fast paced sport.
- Hollywood offers a clean, excellent beach complete with its "Broadwalk" pedestrian path, which offers oceanfront shopping, dining, entertainment, strolling, a running path and a biking path. Bike rentals are available.
- Downtown Hollywood, centralized location with restaurants, shops, galleries, entertainment, and a newly renovated park. Downtown Hollywood is renowned as a center of art deco, second locally only to South Beach, and filled with art galleries and beautifully restored historic 1930's feel.
- Dania Beach, which offers a wonderful fishing pier complete with a restaurant .
- John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, . Has gorgeous beaches, boating, kayak and hobiecat rentals, a small outdoor restaurant, and public grills.
- The beach at Sheridan Street generally lacks facilities, but is one of the quietest and least crowded beaches in the South Florida area. Take U.S. 1 to Sheridan and go a little east.
- Topeekeegee Yugnee Park, . Located in north Hollywood. Offers walking trails surrounding a lake, recreational facilities, a public pool, water park, and campground hookups.
- Gambling, at either the Seminole Casino Hollywood or the The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and casino. 
- Although it might be hard to get hold of the proper equipment, kitesurfing is great in the area.
- Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St. (The Art and Culture Center 1650 Harrison Street, one block east of US-1 and one block south of Hollywood Boulevard on the corner of South 17th Avenue and Harrison Street.), ☎ 954. 921. 3274, . 10-5, Sunday 12-4. A small art museum located Downtown, in a renovated 1920's Mission-style mansion. Adults $7, seniors, student, children $4.
- Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino, 901 S. Federal Highway, . 24 hours. Since 1939, Gulfstream Park has been one of the most important venues for horseracing in America. Each year from January through April the world’s top thoroughbred contenders pass through Gulfstream Park with their eye on Triple Crown glory.
- All along the Boardwalk you can find restaurants where you can get a very big, very tasty, and usually inexpensive pizza with a large beer to go with it.
- There are many restaurants and bars along the intracoastal waterway that are very good to eat at.
- Downtown Hollywood in particular can offer a good and reasonably priced meal. Hollywood has particularly large populations of Italians, Peruvians, Romanians, Greeks, and Turks compared to the rest of South Florida...all of whom bring their great cuisine with them. There are a lot of live performances from traditional bands, singers, and exotic dancers either inside restaurants or on the street. The coffee, ice cream, and middle eastern cuisine tends to be of insurpassable quality.
- The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and casino, .
- Cambria Suites, 141 SW 19th Court, ☎ (954) 889-2600, . checkin: 3 pm; checkout: 11 az. Upscale business hotel with 100% all-suite rooms. $89 to $149.
- Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, . Located right on the boardwalk.
- Hollywood Beach Marriott, 2501 North Ocean Drive, ☎ (954) 924-2202, . checkin: 4 pm; checkout: 11 am. Just 6 miles from Fort Lauderdale and 8 miles from Port Everglades.
- The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, . A large higher end, but expensive hotel.
- Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort, . A centrally located beachfront hotel.
- Ramada Hollywood Beach Resort, . Ramada Hollywood Beach Resort hotel offers quality oceanfront lodging accommodations near the airport, cruise ship port terminal and local tourist attractions. Packages/specials available.
- Villa Europa Hotel, 954-924-9430, . A boutique hotel with studios, 1 & 2 bedroom beach suites situated in the heart of Hollywood Beach and just ten minutes' drive from Fort Lauderdale Airport.
- Beach and Town Motel, 1010 S. Federal Highway (one block south of Young Circle, five minutes away from Hollywood Beach and ten minutes from Fort Lauderdale Airport and Port Everglades), ☎ 954 922-2679, . checkin: 3PM; checkout: noon. Clean, safe and comfortable motel with large pool. $49.
- Hampton Inn Hallandale, 1000 South Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, . Across the street from Gulfstream Park & Casino. In addition to free breakfast and internet, the hotel also features a fitness center, pool and restaurant.
- Historic Hollywood Beach Resort (HHBR), 101 North Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019 (along Hollywood Broadwalk), ☎ 954-921-0990, . Ocean View Hotel sits right on Hollywood Beach Florida, a family-friendly award winning beach resort.
Hollywood is a relatively safe city, especially near tourist areas along the ocean. Still use common sense. Don't walk at night alone, be wary of strangers, and do not draw too much attention to yourself. Also the beach in the area is prone to rip currents and man-o-war (jellyfish). Usually you will see a flag hanging at a nearby lifeguard stand telling how safe the water is. If the flag is colored green or yellow it should be safe to go in. if the flag is purple, red, or any other color you should stay out of the water.
Remember if you are caught in a rip current don't try to fight it. Instead swim out diagonally with the current until you are safely out of the currents grasp.
As with the rest of the USA the emergency telephone number for fire, police and rescue emergencies is 911.
- Miami. Take the short trip down to check out Miami Beach & South Beach, a pair of world famous beaches.
- Fort Lauderdale beach.