With avid travelers once again considering their future travel choices, domestic travel and warm-weather places such as Pompano Beach Florida will likely be among top options for safer places to visit as threats of COVID-19 subside. Travelers can stay closer to home, return to their families and doctors more quickly, and still release pent-up travel desires to get out and explore again.
Pompano Beach is a charming vacation town just north of Fort Lauderdale and Miami. It stands out with year-round outdoor spaces, clean air, sunshine, and adventure. Pompano Beach, Florida, has caught the attention of travelers by offering a safer travel option. Vacationers agree that Pompano Beach, Florida is one of the prettiest beaches in South Florida, all without the huge crowds. Further, you will not find the higher prices and louder atmosphere that exist in the larger, better-known neighboring cities.
Oceanfront Promenade in Pompano Beach
Walk along the beautiful new oceanfront promenade in Pompano Beach, and you will hear conversations from vacationers in a dozen different languages. Romantic for a couple’s getaway, and safe for a family vacation with children to travel too, Pompano Beach has three miles of wide, public beaches and year-round options for the best shopping, golf, music, dance, food, cultural arts, casinos, fishing, diving, boating and more. While not all of these activities conform to current social distancing guidelines, there’s plenty on the list that does.
Central to all South Florida attractions, shopping, and business centers, it’s not surprising that the city was rated as one of the top beach destinations in the world for the quality and excellent value by U.S.-based Time/Money magazine in 2018, and then again listed among Travel Addicts’ Best Beaches in the World 2020.
Pompano Beach: Florida’s Warmest Welcome
Pompano Beach lives up to its city motto, “Florida’s Warmest Welcome,” with its clean, safe, family-friendly atmosphere for people to travel too. Not to forget, three miles of pristine public beaches. “We love our guests and it is our job to make sure they have a wonderful, memorable stay,” said Elaine Fitzgerald, owner of Beach Vacation Rentals, with five, top-rated boutique lodgings in the heart of the beach area. Her group of self-service apartment and cottage properties was named 2019 Small Business of the Year for Tourism and Hospitality by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber’s business community.
This is where you can find your place in the sun, while still being able to stay away from crowds and enjoy your private space. You don’t have to be around a lot of other people in hotel lobbies or pools. You have your own full kitchen in a spotless apartment, so you don’t have to rely on populated restaurants, or take-out food. And you are in a perfect area just to relax, get fresh air and exercise.
Safer Accommodations in Pompano Beach, Florida
These charming and affordable multi-unit properties are just 1-2 blocks to the beach. And to be sure, are all members of the Superior Small Lodging Association. They include Cottages by the Ocean, Bahama Beach Club, Sunny Place, Pineapple Place, and Pelican Place.
Studio, one and two-bedroom apartments have full kitchens, outdoor grill areas & guest laundry facilities. Also, you will find beach gear, free wi-fi, free parking, and swimming pools at most properties. It’s a short walk to dozens of restaurants, shops, dive boats, and fishing pier.
“We’ve stepped up our already strict cleaning policies by mandating hospital-grade cleaning, and by posting social distancing and handwashing signage. We’re also scheduling extra days between guests’ departures and arrivals to allow for additional cleaning. Finally, we offer no-contact guest check-ins,” said Fitzgerald. No doubt, those who travel to Pompano Beach to such a destination will appreciate the additional safety measures.
A Redeveloped Central Beach Area
Surrounding Fitzgerald’s properties, the entire central beach area has recently undergone an $80M redevelopment. Now, the public amenities rival any in Florida. The new, state-of-the-art fishing pier is popular with anglers and anyone wishing to take a stroll. It offers shaded areas, benches, public artwork and more along the length of the 1,200-foot structure. The public beach offers a park promenade along the ocean, a splash fountain and play area for children. Those who travel to Pompano Beach will also find an adult exercise area, outdoor café, bicycle rentals, picnic areas, and a central grassy lawn. Indeed, it’s a perfect area for group yoga in the morning and festivals in the evening. Additionally, visitors are treated to movies and concerts under the stars throughout the year.
Not far from the beach is the ocean inlet with the town’s fishing fleet and historic Hillsboro Lighthouse. The lighthouse holds tours twice a month on Saturdays. Also, close by is historic Pompano Air Park. There, you can take helicopter rides over the ocean or Everglades, and visit the Goodyear Blimp base and its free spectator stand to watch landings and departures when the blimp is in town. Pompano Community Park has a five-mile walking and bike trail, and state-of-the-art public tennis and aquatics centers.
Activities in Pompano Beach, Florida
36-hole Municipal Golf Facility
For those who travel and enjoy a round, or two of golf, Pompano Beach offers a 36-hole municipal golf facility. The facility is complete with a driving range and practice greens. Notably, this is the only Greg Norman Signature golf course, in the nation, on a city-owned facility. Further, travelers can check out the Pompano CitiCentre shopping mall, the Isle Casino and horse racing track, Butterfly World botanical gardens, Fern Forest Nature Center, and Shipwreck Park’s impressive artificial reef for divers and snorkelers one mile offshore.
Bike, Paddle-boards, and Kayak Rentals
Those who travel to Pompano Beach can also rent everything from boats to bikes to paddle-boards and kayaks. Pompano Water Taxi offers an All-Day Pass to 11 stops at various parks, beaches, and restaurants. There are many more Things To Do in Pompano Beach.
Pompano Beach, Florida – Historic District
The restoration of the city’s historic district of the original town is well underway. Also, the district is less than two miles west of the beach. Founded more than 100 years ago, this is where farmers from throughout South Florida brought their produce to load onto trains headed for the Northeastern U.S. They stayed in the old Bailey Hotel, which has been restored and repurposed as the Baily Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA).
Baily Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA)
This stunning art gallery with working resident artists’ lofts is open and free to the public. Those who travel to Pompano Beach, Florida are inspired by a variety of regularly scheduled public arts programs. Outside, a Green Market is held on Saturdays throughout most of the year. Also, monthly evening festivals celebrate Pompano’s growing number of craft breweries, outdoor murals, artists, and musicians.
Cultural Arts and Entertainment abound in this city. In addition to BaCA, visitors can also enjoy live jazz and blues and speaker programs at the restored Ali Cultural Arts Center, the Blanche Ely Museum, and the recently completed Pompano Cultural Center. It had an impressive lineup of renowned theater, music, dance, and art exhibitions prior to COVID-19. To be sure, future bookings are expected to be equally exciting. Pompano Beach is also home to The AMP – TravelPulse’s 2018 Florida pick for “Best Outdoor Concert Venue in Each State.”
The Best Kept Secret in Pompano Beach
Here’s one of Pompano Beach’s best-kept secrets: Atlantic ocean breezes keep summers cooler and drier than along Florida’s Gulf Coast or in Central Florida. Temperatures average a comfortable 86˚F. The ocean water is generally calm, clear, and warm year-round. Certainly, it’s thanks to protective reefs offshore, and to the Gulfstream, which comes closer to shore in Pompano Beach than anywhere else along the East Coast.
Those wishing to travel to Pompano Beach can fly into Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. Or, alternatively Miami International Airport. Whichever you fly into, Pompano Beach is just a short 30-minute drive, to your truly wonderful vacation.
For more information on places to stay, visit Beach Vacation Rentals or call 1 (954) 283-1111 for reservations.
Rick Orford is the co-founder and Executive Producer of Travel Addicts Life. He has a passion for traveling, making money, healthy living, and making friends all over the world. Aside from travel, some of his other interests include investing, mentoring, and writing about finance.