Hollywood Travel Guide

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Hollywood Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beach, friendly people, nude beach, artsy fartsy downtown, art galleries, charming atmosphere. 

  • Con
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     Close enough to Miami to be crowded at times 

  • In a nutshell
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    SpanishMol12 says…

     Perfect little place for a tropical beach lover! 

Hollywood Things to Do

  • Browse and enjoy local architecture

    Hollywood, FL has some interesting architecture such as mermaids lying in some of the little side streets just off the Boardwalk. You can also see colorful beach huts which house the beach lounge chairs when they are being stored. Even the openings to the beach are sometimes unique archways. Look and enjoy.

  • Many Modes of Exercise on Boardwalk

    Exercise is the name of the game and everyone, young and old, seems to enjoy themselves while taking in the Hollywood, Florida "boardwalk". You will find folks walking, jogging, strolling, pushing baby strollers, biking, roller blading, and skating along this sun-filled avenue that borders the beach in Hollywood, Florida. The beach itself has a...

  • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

    Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and CasinoAddress: 4150 North State Road 7Hollywood, Florida 33024Phone: 866-2-Casino The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is run by the Seminole Tribe of Florida with the famous "Hard Rock Cafe" blended into the resort. Hotel, massive swimming pool and tiki bar, casino with Bingo, over 48 tables, what looks like...

  • Hip-Hop at its best!!!

    Pop Starz is a local company that provides Hip-Hop dance classes to ages from children through adult. My brother is a member of their production company that travels southeastern Florida dancing for concerts, fundraisers, and other such events.If you get a chance to see these kids perform - GO!!!!!! They are full of energy, skill and just plain fun...

  • Win Some Cash at the Hard Rock Casino!

    This mega-complex is the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - and it is massive. Inside the compound is a full casino, multiple restaurants and bars (including the Hard Rock Cafe), and high-end shopping, as well as a hotel and resort.I won $161 on the penny slots (I walked out with $101 of it...), and enjoyed walking around looking at all of the...

  • holland park

    holland park is located on the east end of johnson street on the mainland. this small park offers a boat ramp, fishing, walking trails, and an obsevation deck over looking the intercoastal waterway. a nice park to visit just north of downtown.


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Hollywood Restaurants

  • Amazing Italian!

    >I'm leaving this tip here for the memories .... sigh .... doug48 was kind enough to let me know this place closed about a year ago. The best ever pizza and rolls! This is a local restaurant that's been around since 1978. The food is heavenly in general, and I have to say, their bread was so good I brought some of the rolls home for breakfast!

  • Great Location and Good Food

    There is a variety of food at the Las Brisas Restaurant but its basically an Argentine steakhouse and an excellent one. It is right on the Broadwalk and has a beautiful view of the beach. There are both indoor and outdoor dining areas. The Carmel Flan ($6.00) is to die for; it was one of the best flans I have ever had. The Fish Dorado lunch...

  • New England Seafood in Hollywood, Forida

    Don't judge Clams on the Beach by its exterior; it is really nice inside. This is a small restaurant right on the Broadwalk with a relaxing atmosphere, good food and friendly people. The lounge area with the big screen TV was especially nice; however, during the day the view of the beach is much better than any TV. There are both indoor and outdoor...


Hollywood Nightlife

  • a bar

    kelly's pub is located on harrison street just a block west of young circle in downtown hollywood. kelly's is a local bar which serves beer and mixed drinks. nothing fancy, just a bar. since they do not serve food smoking is allowed. the clientele are locals with an occasional tourist stopping in. good draft beer selection. casual

  • on the intercoastal

    le tub is a funky little place on USA1A (ocean drive) in hollywood beach. le tub is decorated with old bath tubs, toilet seats, and other assorted junk. le tub is on the intercoastal so you can arrive by boat or by car. their deck over looks the intercoastal and is a great place to have a beer and watch the sun go down. they are known for their...

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Hollywood Transportation

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    The MASTER!!!!

    by kymbanm Updated Feb 7, 2005

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    This community does not have individual parking meters - they have a master meter which will print out a ticket that you place on your dashboard. If you put it the maximum of $2, your ticket will be good for several days. These parking vouchers/tickets can be used in any public parking area in the City of Hollywood, during the dates and times your voucher states.

    I actually think this method is better than the usual parking meter set-up .. you pay once, and can use this voucher over and over throughout the city limits - to me, it actually SAVES ME MONEY!!!!

    Great for parking near the beach ....

    I was lucky to have a local with me to let me know what I was supposed to do ... since I've never seen this system before, the directions just didn't make sense to me ... oh, and I was tired .... and I was distracted ... and my phone was ringing ... and I was trying to take pics for VT ..... lots of excuses :)

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Hollywood Shopping

  • And now for ....

    The window display made me think this shop was simply full of spandex, lycra and 'hoochie' type attire ... I was entirely mistaken.The owner is a hispanic woman who caters to clients of all sizes and tastes. She hand picked various outfits for me, and used my likes and dislakes from these choices to come up w/ more choices .. a talented customer...

  • Another little gem ...

    At first I thought this little place was a thrift store - but as I was peering through the window, I spotted a selection of what appeared to be Greecian gauze clothing ... hmmmm... The shopkeeper came out and started telling me about some of the items I was looking at in the window .. and yup, it was Greecian gauze :)Though it was more than I...

  • Incense and fairies - oh, my!

    How can I describe this cornucopia of all things fantasy? The window displays were awesome, but still did not prepare me for the real deal when I actually entered the store ..... the shop is filled w/ the scent of their home-made custom incense, deep colors, wonderful instore displays for pagan jewelry, fairies, Egyptian, Hindu and other faiths. I...


Hollywood Local Customs

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    Hollywood Florida view of the beach ...

    by kymbanm Written Mar 30, 2005

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    Joseph Young came to south Florida in 1920 with a dream. He wanted his city to be accessible to the rich, as well as to the average worker. Beginning as an undeveloped tract of pine forests, palmetto plants, tangled undergrowth interspersed with tomato farms, and low lying marshland, it has become the second-most populated city in Broward County and the ninth largest city in the State of Florida. With Fort Lauderdale to the north, and Miami to the south, Hollywood is idealy situated for exploration of southwestern Florida.

    The municipal charter, signed in 1925 gave this community ‘city’ status. Originally composed of only 1 square mile, Hollywood Florida is now almost 29 square miles in area. The Hollywood boardwalk, with a casino, and luxury hotel, became known as the Atlantic City of the south. In 1926 a hurricane hit the southern Florida coast, and decimated the growing city. Lives were lost and buildings were flattened. Financial concerns led most of the new residents to sell of their land for whatever they could get, and the once hopeful city of Hollywood was heading toward financial ruin.

    Despite all of his efforts, Joseph Young lost his holdings to bankruptcy in 1930. He continued to live in his utopian city until his untimely death at the age of 51, in 1934. Other investors took over Mr. Young’s dream and the city continued to grow. By the end of WWII, the city was prosperous and profitable. In 1975, the city adopted the ame, “Diamond of the Gold Coast”. Hollywood has continued to grow and prosper throughout the years, and is a tourist attraction for Americans and foreign nationals.

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Hollywood Warnings and Dangers

  • crime

    like all southeast florida towns crime is a problem. of all of the south florida beach towns hollywood is one of the safest. there is very little crime in the downtown shopping area and on hollywood beach. as a general rule the best part of hollywood is east of US 1. when staying in hollywood i suggest booking a hotel on hollywood beach.

  • Lifeguards are our friends ....

    Be careful when the lifeguards are off duty, and when they are, listen to them .. they know the currents and dangers of the water along this coastline.The two lifeguards that manned the posts near my daily walk were personable and helpful. One was setting up and not yet officially on duty - she took my ignorant self a few yards down the beack to...

  • Dogs on the beach ....

    In Hollywood they are very strict about dogs not being allowed on the beach, or the boardwalk, during peak public use hours. If seen by officials, you can be up for a 50$ fine - better to wait until after these peak hours, and then slide onto the beach with your pooch when they are more lax .. usually after 5:30pm :)


Hollywood What to Pack

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    Siblings in the sun ...

    by kymbanm Updated Feb 24, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Always bring a collapsible bag inside of your regular bag so that you can bring goodies from your travels home w/out needing to buy another one :)

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sandals are a must!
    Though the weather is usually warm, and the appropriate attire is important, bring a windbreaker or light sweater for those nights when the temperature drips a bit - otherwise you'll be quite uncomfortable :)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy everything you need here - but dont' forget the sunscreen - I'm fair and was lucky to only get a little pink, and quite brown (for me at least) through my SPF 50. If I hadn't been wearing the sunscreen I'd have ended up on a local burn unit!

    Photo Equipment: Cameras are always important! Film, or digital, that's your call - but for catching the wonderful birds and other animal life - telephoto is needed.

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Hollywood Off The Beaten Path

  • Okalee Seminole Museum and Village

    Okalee Seminole MuseumSeminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino 4150 North State Road 7 Hollywood, Florida 33024Directions: Take I-95 to Stirling Road. Go West to State Road 7 (441). On the South West Corner of the intersection. Didn't get a chance to see the Indian Village as it closed before I could enter. The Museum was small, and mostly modern...

  • Trail of the Lost Tribes

    Trail of the Lost TribesThe Trail of the Lost Tribes is a partnership between public and private organizations and individuals to provide consistent interpretation of the archeology, anthropology, and natural history of the ancient cultural sites on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Five centuries ago, Florida was home to approximately 100,000 native people...

  • More of the party

    After a few beers, pushing every one in the pool, and just having great time makes a for a great party.


Hollywood Sports & Outdoors

  • Kitesurfing

    There were a few kitesurfers near the Hollywood Beach Marriott but most were further north in the distance. It was fun to watch them. One of the videoclips shows a couple of kitesurfers coming in and going back out as they tracked south past the hotel.

  • Kite Surfing!

    This looks like a combination of snowboarding and parasailing - with just a rider, a board, and that huge kite!Significant air can be reached w/ techiniques that have the user hit a cresting wave - aerial acrobatics abound!!!I'd never seen this sport before, and didn't have time to take a class - but I did talk to the students and instructors on...

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Hollywood Favorites

  • Sunset Sky

    At the end of the day here at Hollywood Beach you only have to look to the west for a changing sunset every day. The cloud formations over Florida make for some stunning sunsets.

  • Sailing Away

    This was one of the ocean views that caught our attention. They are really far out and I wish I has a telephoto lens. The one in the middle will soon be far ahead.

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