Located just north of Fort Lauderdale, in the heart of Florida's Gold Coast, Pompano Beach is home to some of South Florida’s most beautiful beaches and clearest waters. Sun, fun and adventure set the stage for the ultimate vacation.
Things to Do
Thrills are a given with an exciting array of water sports, from deep sea fishing, diving and snorkeling, to paddle boarding and beach volleyball. If you’d rather spend your day on the greens, the Greg Norman Signature Pines Course offers a full practice facility, PGA professional instruction, club fitting and a fully stocked pro shop. After you play through, buy your foursome a round at Galuppi’s patio par.
For unique shopping, Festival Flea Market is a treasure trove of bargains with 500 kiosks and boutiques, a food court and an antique market, all open daily. Try your luck at the smoke-free Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park with 1,500 slots and live action poker tables, and six restaurants.
Head to the Cypress Nook for a German-style meal that’ll have you dreaming about the Old Country even if you’re not from, nor have ever set foot in, Deutschland. Oma (known by the locals as Ilse), the owner and hostess, will welcome you to the charming cottage-turned restaurant, where she and her family have been serving Bavarian favorites such as knockwurst, gulasch and wiener schnitzel since 1979. Top of your meal with a cold Franziskaner Hefe Weiss import because, well, why not?
High on the list of top picks in several local magazines, Burgers & Suds has turned the craft of making burgers into an art form. That is if your idea of art is an edible sculpture of pure beef beauty on a fresh brioche bun. You’ll have a hard time deciding between the 24 gourmet burger creations on the menu — all under 10 bucks each — so choose wisely. You’ll want to make sure your pairing with one of the 20 craft beers on tap is exquisite.
When South Floridians are in the mood for authentic Lebanese cuisine, they know La Vie is the best show in town. And, it literally IS a show, belly dancing and all. Tucked away in a strip mall, you’d never know the inside of La Vie was a colorful celebration of rich culture. The dining room captures the true spirit of Lebanon in both decor and menu. Begin your meal with a shared order of hot or cold mezza, then move onto succulent lamb kabobs or beef shawarma.