For all you lighthouse lovers, the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse is a quite impressive. I have to confess that I did not have a chance to go visit on this visit, but I intend to on a future visit. It's setting is just beautiful.
pompano beach is famous for it's excellent off shore fishing. depending on the time of the year you can catch sailfish, marlin, dolphin, tuna, and sharks. there also are off shore reefs where you can catch snapper and grouper. the pompano beach area has a number of marinas where you can charter an off shore fishing trip. see the attached web site for more information.
i am afraid i cannot recommend this day spa. i always get a pedicure and sometimes a facial on my vacation trips, and i was really looking forward to my visit to this place, but it turned out not to be all that special an occasion.
i got a facial and an "ultimate pedicure." because i got two services, my total bill was 10% off. i can't remember exactly how much each service cost, but my total bill was $100 (not counting tip).
the facial was better than the pedicure. it took about an hour. however, although the attendant was very nice, the facial was not particularly exceptional. fragrant lotions and creams were used, but my face didn't feel or look appreciably different from when i started.
the "ultimate pedicure" was a complete disappointment. it took about an hour also. various lotions and creams were applied to my feet. the cuticle- and nail-cutting parts hit some tender spots and actually caused some places to bleed. the nail polish color selection was fairly poor, and it got smeared by the attendant or a towel or SOMETHING before i even left the salon (although i didn't notice until i got out the door, then i was so irritated that i didn't want to go back in).
the worst parts of the whole appointment, tho, were the massages that accompanied the facial (neck and shoulders) and the pedicure (legs and feet). make no mistake, these are deep-tissue massages (and i am accustomed to massages). they hurt somewhat when i was getting them, and the next morning when i got up, i could hardly walk, my legs especially hurt so much and were so stiff. this wore off late on the second day after my appt.
FLAMINGO GARDENS is a 60-acre nonprofit wildlife sanctuary and botanical gardens. unfortunately, the signage is terrible (even with the map they give you), and i could not tell if i'd seen every exhibit there was or even what some exhibits were. the most beautiful exhibit is the flamingo ponds, with all colors of flamingoes; this is very near the tram station. these ponds also have ibises, storks, herons, egrets, and cranes. the most amusing exhibit is the sea otters, altho their water looked very unclean and smelled. gorgeous peacocks patrol the grounds.
the tram ($4) goes thru the park, but the park guide focuses primarily on flowers, trees, and other plant life rather than birds and other animals. it runs on the hour from 11 am to 4 pm, lasts about 45 mins.
one very interesting (NOT boring and not scary) offering is the 20-min wildlife encounter show (park guide working with hawks, owls, opossum, and snakes), which occurs at 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm (no extra charge). if you plan to do both the wildlife encounter and the tram, do the wildlife encounter first and you will easily be able to get to the tram station in time for the next go-round.
there is a large and reasonably priced gift shop and a separate garden shop with plants and garden ornaments for sale. it has a nice gazebo with a porch-type swing, but be careful b/c the whole platform, not just the swing, moves!
open 9:30 am to 5:30 pm every day except monday. adult admission $15, children (4-11) $8, seniors $12. discount coupons are available in most tourist materials. allow 2-3 hrs.
this is among the most extraordinary places i have ever been. it is a collection of large screened and mostly shaded enclosures with different habitats (rain forest, bushes, trees, etc.). inside, butterflies are in flight everywhere, and i mean EVERYWHERE. all kinds, shapes, sizes, colors. the staff raise the butterflies there rather than taking them from the wild, primarily because the life span of a butterfly is two weeks at the most.
there are also several aviaries, each with a different kind of bird -- brightly colored little tropical birds, hummingbirds, macaws. one enclosure has friendly birds called lorikeets (this section open only 10:30-4:30). you can buy a little cup of nectar (sweet juice) that the birds drink while perching on your arm. lots of chirping!
paths are well marked, with benches at nicely spaced and shady intervals. there are waterfalls, fountains, and streams filled with koi (colored carp) and tilapia as well as lush tropical fruits, flowers, bushes, and trees. there is also a swinging wooden bridge.
of interest to budding entomologists, the "bug zoo" contains mounted and some live examples of butterflies, insects, spiders, and scorpions.
the very extensive gift shop includes plants for sale. for children there are stickers, kites, books ($5-$15), t-shirts, etc., many less than $5. adult books are $15-$65 (most are $25+); there are also blouses, purses, tote bags, ceramics, puzzles, wind chimes, garden ornaments, and other trinkets.
there is a small snack bar to the right inside the entrance gate but before the exhibits. each party gets a free soft drink with admission!
open from 9-5 mon thru sat, 11-5 sun; no entry after 4 pm. $19 admission for adults, $14 for children 3-11. discount coupons ($2) are available in most of the tourist materials. a guidebook for $20 is available, but i did not get it, so i'm not sure what it covers.
this is a very beautiful and soothing place to spend an afternoon and worth every penny. allow 2-3 hours.
Everglades Holiday Park
21940 Griffin Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33332
(954) 434-8111; Fax 434-4252
Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruises
801 Seabreeze Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 462-5596; Fax (954) 537-3562
Palm Beach Casino Line/Palm Beach Princess
777 East Port Road
Riviera Beach, FL 33404
(561) 845-2101; Fax (561) 845-2188
Pompano Park Racing, Inc.
1800 S.W. 3rd Street
Pompano Beach, FL 33069
(954) 972-2000; Fax 970-0882
Sea Diamond Gaming, LLC
101 North Riverside Drive, Suite 209
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
(954) 781-7825; Fax 781-9153
ASMI Management Inc.-Pompano Park Racing
1800 S.W. 3rd Street
Pompano Beach, FL 33069
(954) 970-6506; Fax 970-6511
Curtain Call Playhouse
2500 S.E. 3rd Street
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
784-0768; Fax 784-0768
P.O. Box 2045
Pompano Beach, FL 33061
(954) 782-7003; Fax 782-2470
most visitors come to pompano for it's beautiful atlantic beach. on US A1A there is plenty of metered parking.
Find a tiki bar on the ocean and drink margaritas while listening to karioke. This one is at Ocean Point Resort