This idyllic beach community north of Fort Lauderdale is named for the saltwater fish found offshore. Feel the golden sand between your toes before exploring the nearby stores and restaurants.
1. Sip and SUP at Beach House Pompano
A warm ocean breeze sets the mood at the Beach House Pompano restaurant. Indulge in mouth-watering Beach House Clams with andouille sausage, white wine and plenty of grilled French bread for dunking, and toast to the good life with a frozen Pops and Prosecco cocktail.
2. Shop at Miami Blues
In the heart of the beach district, and just a block from the shore, Miami Blues offers everything you’ll need for a day by the ocean. Pick up a souvenir T-shirt or oversized beach towel before you hit the sand, or opt for an inflatable so you can spend your afternoon floating in the Atlantic.
3. Pick up music at Record Rack
If you prefer buying classic vinyl, then Record Rack is for you. It caters to a traditional crowd, with a focus on rock, metal, jazz, and blues albums.
4. Enjoy an ice cream cone at Razzleberry’s
Enjoy the cinnamon apple pie or pumpkin praline cheesecake ice cream flavours at Razzleberry’s, a family-operated store with gluten-free options.
5. Have a brew at 26° Brewing Co.
Rich in artisan traditions, 26° Brewing Co. produces world-class, craftsmen-inspired beers on the premises. Try the brewery’s own Ziko’s Rage imperial stout, a gold medal-winner at the U.S. Open Beer Championship, or opt for one of its ever-changing weekly beer releases.
6. Rent a surfboard at 2nd Street Surf Shop
Hang 10 like a local at 2nd Street Surf Shop, located a few minutes from the beach. From stand-up paddleboard to surf and skim board rentals, this one-stop surf and skate shop, which has been in operation since 2006, also features trendy sunglasses, bathing suits and retro T-shirts.
7. Catch a glimpse of Pompano Beach Fishing Pier
The 24-hour pier is currently undergoing a $15 million reconstruction and is due to re-open in March 2019. Construction of the Pompano Beach Fishing Village that surrounds the pier is underway with some of its new properties boasting anticipated opening dates as early as December 2018. Be on the lookout for the redeveloped walkway, a chocolate, fudge and ice cream shop and restaurants such as an outdoor beach bar and gourmet burger joint.
8. Visit Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse
Visit the museum to learn about the history and preservation of this lighthouse station, such as the barefoot mailmen who walked more than 40 miles along the beach each week to deliver mail between Palm Beach and Miami from 1885 to 1892. On November 11, take a tour of the historic lighthouse, it’s a challenging 175 steps to the top.
9. Book a snorkel trip at Pompano Dive Center
Whether it’s your first or 100th this dive outfitters offer maximum freedom and adventure, all while considering the safety of the marine environment. Take a dive charter or snorkel trip and experience the beauty of this area’s underwater world.
10. Rent an electric bicycle at South Beach Cycle
Regardless of your next adventure, this bike rental store merges fun and technology with trendy e-bicycles. Rent an electric bike and set off on a fabulous beach hopping adventure and explore this charming coastal community.
[This story appears in the November 2018 issue of WestJet Magazine]
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