Nestled between Fort Lauderdale and Miami is Hollywood, a classic Florida beachtown that’s enchanted visitors since the 1920s. The Hollywood Beach Resort is the historic star attraction of Hollywood. With fair room prices and beachfront access, we thought we found the ideal hotel, but the excessive parking fee, the unfriendly staff, and the old, run-down rooms quickly changed our view. We don’t, however, spend much time in the room to begin with so the location was its winning quality. At an easy 15 minute drive to Port Everglades Cruise Port, a 30 minute drive from Miami’s South Beach, and a short hop, skip, and a jump to the international airport, we found the Hollywood Beach Resort to be the perfect location for touring southern Florida.
The hotel sits right on Hollywood Beach and Hollywood Boardwalk. The boardwalk features more than two miles of walking, biking, and rollerblading with a beautiful view of sparkling, tropical water. Shops, cafes, and restaurants line the boardwalk and provide a variety of deals. The hot temperatures and high humidity sent us directly to the waters during the hottest parts of the day, but we thoroughly enjoyed the boardwalk during morning strolls and beautiful evenings.Although the ocean was a dreamlike, sparkling turquoise, it wasn’t cool and refreshing; rather it was more like a warm bath tub. Swimming in the morning gave us free range of an ideal spot yet it didn’t give the water time to get too warm.
We chose the hotel pool as our prime swimming option. Since it is located directly on the beach, the pool combined refreshment and beauty, and the laid back attitude of the guards allowed us to sip on a few beer that we brought from my hotel room.Hollywood, Florida was a great destination for fun in the sun and exploring unique territory. It’s proximity to all that Florida offers made it an amazing vacation.