A Little Retro. A Little Modern. Discover the Charms.
Off-the-beaten-path is what Dania Beach does best. Unhurried and laid-back, this charming city invites you to breathe in all the cool and diverse experiences Dania Beach has to offer in its eight square miles of beach, canals, accommodations, dining and shopping in Greater Fort Lauderdale.
Comfy and Convenient Accommodations
Barely a mile from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, you could literally land and be on the beach in minutes. But you probably want to check into your hotel first, of which there are plenty. Names like Hyatt, Marriott and Hilton assure you of comfort and quality — as well as complimentary shuttle service. Hotel Morrison FLL Airport features a boutique-style experience. In December 2019, Le Méridien Dania Beach at Fort Lauderdale Airport will open its doors with a French-meets-maritime aesthetic.
Relax and Play Outdoors
Whichever hotel you choose, you’ll always be just a few minutes from a great discovery. Relax on the beach and get back to nature at Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park. It’s a historic Dania Beach gem that offers trail hiking, bird watching, and swimming in calm, blue ocean. Pop into Whiskey Creek Hideout, and they’ll outfit you for shore kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.
You can also reach the beach at the Dania Beach Pier, but fishing is the real attraction here, where you can get supplies at the bait and tackle shop. You’ll see anglers of all ages dropping a line into the ocean, as well as sightseers enjoying the horizon. Catch a sneak peek of the golden sand and fishing scene on the live Dania Beach Pier and Beach Webcam.
A Design-Lover’s Dream in Dania Beach
Although one of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s eight unique beach towns, Dania Beach has discoveries beyond the beach. You might expect “Broward County’s First City” to keep it old school, and it does.
A variety of antique shops dot the area around Federal Highway, promising souvenirs like no other. You might find antique toys, Art Deco décor, or an unexpected treasure. Old Florida Bookshop has towering stacks of antique editions and plenty of atmosphere, with Tiffany lamps and Persian rugs.
Since eclectic things are your thing, you must visit the nearby Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts, a world-class, Louvre-level collection of ceramic art and studio glass right here in Dania Beach. Browse priceless pieces from various ages and makers, including Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Wedgwood and Lladró. And — hello! — the gift shop is unforgettable.
A World of Ways to Feast
Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlour and Restaurant provides more old-fashioned fun, featuring delicious comfort food and a huge collection of rural American memorabilia. But you came for the ice cream, didn’t you? They make it fresh daily in a variety of classic and inventive flavors.
There’s a bit of Ireland in Dania Beach at The Field Irish Pub & Eatery. Grab a booth or a bar stool for the live bands, including traditional Irish music — fiddle and all. Then fill up on the authentic atmosphere and hearty menu, from Irish Breakfast to Gaelic Steak. Or savor flavors from this side of the Atlantic at Padrino’s Cuban Cuisine. Enjoy classics like abuela used to make, such as Vaca Frita, Shrimp Creole and Arroz con Pollo.
Dine on the water at Historic Dockers Restaurant and Pub, nestled inside Cozy Cove Marina and serving delicious seafood and more. Islamorada Fish Company, located inside Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, also has a sensational seafood menu and indoor/outdoor seating. Plus, while you’re there at Bass Pro, you can pick up some gear for that fishing, hiking or day at the beach.
Plan Your Dania Beach Escape
Diverse, low-key and always surprising, discover another side of Greater Fort Lauderdale in Dania Beach.