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Things to do in Florida at Hollywood Beach Broadwalk

hollywood broadwalk

Here’s an insider tip for things to do in Florida.  One of my very favorite hometown hangouts is the Hollywood Broadwalk.  No, that’s not a typo. The city named the boardwalk The Hollywood Broadwalk.

Did you know there is a city in Florida named Hollywood?

Not very many people do.  It’s the complete opposite of the one out in California.  Located between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale this small beach town is very diverse receiving visitors from all over the world. It’s relaxed, laid back and family friendly.

Hollywood Boulevard ends at A1A where you can access Surf Road and the Hollywood Broadwalk. The Broadwalk stretches for about two and half miles.  On one side of the Broadwalk are seven miles of sand with the view of the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean, which changes from jade to turquoise depending on the light.  The other side of the Hollywood Broadwalk is lined with shops, cafes, ice cream shops, restaurants, hotels, inns and other businesses.

Experience South Florida the way the locals do.

Hollywood Broadwalk Collage

See

If you park at the north end at Sheridan Street there is a viewing deck where you can climb up a few stories to take in the beautiful beach view from above.

Eats

The Hollywood Broadwalk gives you the opportunity to have a seaside meal. At the north end of the Hollywood Broadwalk, just off of Sheridan Street you will find plenty of parking, shade and picnic tables.  You can use the grills or bring your own.

On the weekends there is a fresh market at the south end of the Broadwalk where you can find organic produce and drink a refreshing smoothie made from locally grown fruits and vegetables.

And in between you will find a great variety of restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlors, pizza joint and just about any type of food you’re in the mood for.

Sleep / Stay

You will find various types of accommodations along the Broadwalk from large chain hotels, small mom and pop hotels. If renting is your thing you can find anything from luxury to casual beach house.

Play

Just off of Garfield Street you can find a playground, ball courts and even an interactive dolphin fountain for the kids to splash and play.  Charnow Park features shaded seating areas and picnic pavilions.

Sand

While on the sand you’ll see all types of boats out on the water.  On weekends you might see a group of twenty small sailboats bobbing along during sail school.  At night you’ll see large cruise ships and their twinkling lights as they head deep into the ocean.  The port of Ft. Lauderdale is only about eight miles away.

Sports

The Broadwalk is always bustling with skaters, joggers and bike riders.  There are at least two places I know of where you can rent wheels.  You can pick up a racket and play ball at the ball courts off Garfield Street.

Water

In the water you can swim, float, fish. If you want to play in the water you can also rent jet skis.

Entertainment

You will find various entertainments at the different bars and restaurants. For free entertainment you can find live music performances at the band shell located off Johnson Street. The Hollywood Beach Theater hosts live music five nights a week and a variety of cultural performances just 25 steps from sand to center stage.

You can see what’s happening at the beach now via this live webcam or view a map to plan your next trip here.

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10 Fun Things to do in South Beach Miami Florida

Best Things to do in South Beach

South Beach is a neighborhood in the city of Miami Beach, Florida.  Located due east of Miami city between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean it is known for being trendy and attracting rich, famous and beautiful people.   This place is always bustling with locals, visitors and things to do.  Sobe is high energy and attracts large crowds especially on holidays.  I would describe it as stylish, extravagant and luxurious.  At night it is the hottest club scene I’ve ever been to.  Fashion and music merge on the beach with influences from Latin and European cultures.  I wouldn’t be surprised if you bumped into a celebrity or two during your visit.

South Beach is also known as the historic Art Deco District.  A trip to Miami is not complete until you visit and experience this area for yourself. You will be transported to another time surrounded by the interesting architecture, which dates back to the 1920’s.  Everywhere you look you will find fancy details from that long ago era.  Today there are over 800 Art Deco Structures lighting up South Beach in a rainbow of neon and pastel.

What is art deco you might ask?  The Miami Design Preservation League defines art deco as:

“Art Deco was a product of new ideas and movements and found its inspirations in many distinct early 20th Century European design styles such as Cubism, French Art Deco, German Bauhaus and Expressionism, Dutch de Stijl and Amsterdam School, Vienna Secession and others.”

They offer a free historic district sites map on their site.  You can take a guided tour or do it yourself.

South Beach Miami Beach Florida

Ocean Drive

When visiting South Beach I highly recommend both driving and walking Ocean Drive.  This street has served as the backdrop of countless movies.  You will see grand hotels, interesting art deco architecture, the gorgeous beach and when the sun sets the famous neon lights come on.  There are plenty of shops, restaurants and places to stay.  Most restaurants offer outdoor seating.  A great way to do some people watching or just enjoy the ambience and beautiful weather.

Be warned shopping here is more expensive than other spots.  A mixed cocktail can easily cost over $20.00.

A few famous places on the strip are Casa Casaurina, also known as the Gianni Versace Mansion, the Clevelander, Park Central, the Tides Hotel, the Cordozo Hotel and the Waldorf Towers.

Be sure to park your car and hit the beach.  Lummus Park Beach is on the list of world’s most beautiful beaches.  On the boardwalk you can skate, bike, run or take a stroll.  There are places for the kids to play as well as places to exercise and work out.  Out on the sand you will see Miami’s iconic colorful lifeguard stands, soft white sand and gorgeous blue and jade waters.

Lincoln Road Mall South Beach

Stroll along Lincoln mall which built in 1912 as a sophisticated retail spot is also one of the county’s first outdoor malls.  Today you will find casual restaurants, fine dining, high end designers, book stores, bars, theater and a Star Bucks on every corner.  There are art galleries and artist studios which open up for tours, movie theaters, street vendors and all types of street performers.  You can spend hours here.  I suggest having a seat, it’s a great spot for people watching.  You never know what rich and famous person you might bump into.

Head to the beach.  It usually rains in the afternoon during Florida summers.  I recommend heading out early.  I was able to beat the rain on Sunday and enjoy some beach time.  This beach has vendors for just about everything including snacks.  Be sure to get a peek of the famous lifeguard stands.  No two are alike.

Walk down Ocean Drive and see many familiar historic art deco hotels.  This street appears in numerous films and television shows.  There are lots of places to pick up souvenirs.

espanola way

Visit Espanola Way an often overlooked bohemian spot for shopping, dining and art galleries.  The area was modeled after the Mediterranean villages of Spain and France and was originally built as a meeting place by Miami Beach’s wealthiest citizens.  It’s very pretty at night it’s lit up by strings of light bulbs.

If you like music check out the New World Symphony schedule.  Some performances are projected on the buildings huge wall facing the park.  On certain nights they present free outdoor movie screenings.

Visit the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater for live entertainment, concerts, comedy tours and private events.

If you love to dance some of Miami’s most famous nightclubs are on Washington Avenue, Collins and Ocean Drive.

Best Things to do in South Florida Sunset

 

My favorite thing to do at South Beach is to try and catch the sunset.  This photo was taken on the beautiful romantic rooftop of the Tudor as the sun was setting.

You can find more things to do, news and deals by reading my specially curated Florida twitter list.

 

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What was your favorite thing to do here?

 

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What to Wear to South Beach #DestinationSummer #Sponsored

South Beach

 

South Beach is a neighborhood in the city of Miami Beach, Florida.  Located due east of Miami city between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean it is known for being trendy and attracting rich, famous and beautiful people.   This place is always bustling with locals, visitors and things to do.  Sobe is high energy and attracts large crowds especially on holidays.  I would describe it as stylish, extravagant and luxurious.  At night it is the hottest club scene I’ve ever been to.  Fashion and music merge on the beach with influences from Latin and European cultures.  I wouldn’t be surprised if you bumped into a celebrity or two during your visit.  

South Beach is also known as the historic Art Deco District.  A trip to Miami is not complete until you visit and experience this area for yourself. You will be transported to another time surrounded by the interesting architecture which dates back to the 1920’s.  Everywhere you look you will find fancy details from that long ago era.  Today there are over 800 Art Deco Structures lighting up South Beach in a rainbow of neon and pastel.

What is art deco you might ask?  The Miami Design Preservation League defines art deco as:

“Art Deco was a product of new ideas and movements and found its inspirations in many distinct early 20th Century European design styles such as Cubism, French Art Deco, German Bauhaus and Expressionism, Dutch de Stijl and Amsterdam School, Vienna Secession and others.”

They offer a free historic district sites map on their site.  You can take a guided tour or do it yourself.

Ocean Drive

When visiting South Beach I highly recommend both driving and walking Ocean Drive.  This street has served as the backdrop of countless movies.  You will see grand hotels, interesting art deco architecture, the gorgeous beach and when the sun sets the famous neon lights come on.  There are plenty of shops, restaurants and places to stay.  Most restaurants offer outdoor seating.  A great way to do some people watching or just enjoy the ambience and beautiful weather.

Be warned shopping here is more expensive than other spots.  A mixed cocktail can easily cost over $20.00.

A few famous places on the strip are Casa Casaurina, also known as the Gianni Versace Mansion, the Clevelander, Park Central, the Tides Hotel, the Cordozo Hotel and the Waldorf Towers.

Be sure to park your car and hit the beach.  Lummus Park Beach is on the list of world’s most beautiful beaches.  On the boardwalk you can skate, bike, run or take a stroll.  There are places for the kids to play as well as places to exercise and work out.  Out on the sand you will see Miami’s iconic colorful lifeguard stands, soft white sand and gorgeous blue and jade waters.

I’ve styled some fabulous clothing, shoes, makeup and accessories to give you some ideas on what to wear on your visit to South Beach.

 

SouthBeachStyleBluesGreens

What to wear to iconic South Beach.  Greens and blues.

Soaked Striped Caftan Cover-Up, Croft & Barrow® Fit For You Tummy Slimmer One-Piece Swimsuit – Women’s, SONOMA life + style® Banded Platform Wedge Sandals – Women, Candie’s® Tie-Dyed Backpack, Fantas-Eyes Rimless Aviator Sunglasses, Croft & Barrow® Simulated Crystal & Square Bead Multistrand Necklace & Drop Earring Set

SouthBeachStylePinksYellows

What to wear to iconic South Beach.  Pinks and yellows.

Soaked Tie-Dye Chiffon Sarong Cover-Up – Women’s, California Waves Crochet Monokini Swimsuit – Women’s, Mudd® Crochet Wedge Sandals – Women, La Diva Laced Scoop Shoulder Bag, Croft & Barrow® Silver Tone Bead Stretch Bracelet Set1928® Gold Tone Beaded Multistrand Necklace, Converse Pedal Round Sunglasses, David & Young Straw Striped Edge Floppy Hat

South Beach Style Rocking Studs

What to wear to South Beach rocking the studs.

Journee Collection Taffy Platform High Heels – Women, Jennifer Lopez Embellished Tee, Jennifer Lopez Skinny Ankle Jeans, Everlasting Gold 14k Gold Bead Chandelier Earrings, GS by gemma simone Gold Tone Openwork Dome Stretch Ring, LORAC Breakthrough Performance Lipstick SPF 15 Leading Lady, ELLE Cosmetics Nail Lacquer Crimson Sunset, JLove by Jennifer Lopez Eau de Parfum Spray – 1.7 oz.

 

South Beach Evening Outfit

What to wear to South Beach evening.

Speechless Sequin Chiffon Dress, Exchange by Charles David Octavia Peep-Toe Platform High Heel, Sterling Silver Black & White Diamond Pendant, Ring & Drop Earring Set, Bulova Stainless Steel Crystal Watch, Gunne Sax by Jessica McClintock Origami Flap Clutch, CARGO Eye Shadow Color: Babylon, essie Encrusted Treasures Nail Polish

I’ve styled these four fabulous looks as part of Kohl’s #DestinationSummer campaign.  Which did you like best?

Have you been to South Beach?  What’s your favorite South Beach spot?

 

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Picnic at the Hollywood Broadwalk #DestinationSummer #Sponsored

Hollywood Broadwalk Florida

Hello readers, I have some exciting news to share with you.  Bella Vida by Letty is participating in Kohl’s road trip across America.  Every few days a new blogger from a different state shares their personal picks highlighting their favorite things at their locations and you can follow along on Pinterest.   I’ve been selected to represent the beautiful state of Florida for Kohls #DestinationSummer.  Woo to the hoo!!

There is so much to see and do in my grand state. Today I want to start by sharing one of my very favorite hometown hangouts, the Hollywood Broadwalk.  No that’s not a typo they city named the boardwalk The Hollywood Broadwalk.   Did you know there is a city in Florida named Hollywood?  Not very many people do.  It’s the complete opposite of the one out in California.  Located between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale this small beach town is very diverse receiving visitors from all over the world and is relaxed, laid back and family friendly.

Hollywood Broadwalk Collage

The Broadwalk stretches for about two and half miles.  On one side of the Broadwalk are seven miles of sand with the view of the gorgeous Atlantic ocean which changes from jade to turquoise depending on the light.  On the other are shops, cafes, ice cream shops, restaurants, hotels, inns, playgrounds, ball courts and even an interactive dolphin fountain for the kids to play.  Every weekend there is a fresh market at the south end of the Broadwalk where you can find organic produce and drink a refreshing smoothie made from locally grown fruits and vegetables.

See South Florida the way the locals do.  The Broadwalk is always bustling with skaters, joggers and bike riders.  There are at least two places I know of where you can rent wheels.  You can also rent jet skis.  In the evenings you can catch live music at the bandshell.

enjoy the sun

Shown in the photo: The Big One® Stripe Beach Towel, The Big One® Geo Dot Beach Towel, Croft & Barrow® Radial Tweed Floppy Hat, Apt. 9® Groovy Textured Round SunglassesPatriotic ”America” Decor

While on the sand you’ll see all types of boats out on the water.  On weekends you might see a group of twenty small sailboats bobbing along during sail school.  At night you’ll see large cruise ships and their twinkling lights as they head deep into the ocean.  The port of Ft. Lauderdale is only about eight miles away.  You can see what’s happening at the beach now via this live webcam or view a map to plan your next trip here

take your picnic to the sand

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You can tell by my posts and photos one of my favorite things to do is head to the beach.  I find it so relaxing and peaceful.  Sometimes I go by myself and run the Broadwalk but I also like to gather with friends and family there.  Sometimes it’s to celebrate an occasion and sometimes simply to spend quality time together and get in some fun.  One of our treasured gathering places is Hollywood beach.  We have grand cookouts with tons of food.  At the north end of the Hollywood Broadwalk, just off of Sheridan Street you will find plenty of parking, shade and picnic tables.  You can use the grills or bring your own.

I created a wishlist with my beach picnic essentials to help you with ideas to create your own beach picnic.

Beach Picnic Essentials

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Did you know there is a city named Hollywood in Florida?  Have you been?

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Crescent Beach on Anastasia Island Florida

Crescent Beach

I found my new favorite beach and it’s called Crescent Beach located on Anastasia Island in Florida near St. Augustine.  One of the reasons I travel are the unexpected surprises.  Plan as much or as little as you like but you never really know what you might find or see.  I’ve found so many interesting places because of a small sign or just because I curious to see what was at the end of a dirt road.

Crescent Beach

On our trip to St. Augustine one of our stops was at Fort Matanzas which is located on Anastasia Island.  I had been to St. Augustine before but I hadn’t taken this particular route.  We merged onto old A1A via the beautiful little town of Palm Coast, where pretty houses are tucked away behind large moss draped trees and bright green flora.

Crescent Beach

Approaching Anastasia my eyes feasted on the lovely colors of the beach houses perched up high on the sand blocking the view of the water.  The area is known for its preserved sand dunes.  Once you get close to the bridge that crosses to Anastasia you can see miles water on either side.  It was a holiday weekend so the place was crowded with beach goers, fishermen and women and lots of boats parked on the sandbar while their passengers splashed and played in the water.  St. Augustine’s beaches are such a beautiful sight.

Crescent Beach

I really like Crescent beach because it’s shallow for miles and has super soft compacted sand.  Another special feature are the sand dunes.  They are so beautiful I just had to stop and dip my toes in the water.  This is one of the few areas where vehicles are allowed to drive unto the sand.  Be careful though, you don’t want to get stuck.

We entered Crescent Beach at the entrance which is directly across Fort Matanzas.  There are no showers or bathrooms at this beach.  You can find bathrooms across the street at the Forts visitors center.  This is one place I will revist.

Crescent Beach

Have you been to Anastasia Island?

Have you fallen in love with a beach?

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“Let us accept truth, even when it surprises us and alters our views.” George Sand

“I was surprised, as always, be how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.” Jack Kerouac (On the Road)

“Life takes us by surprise and orders us to move toward the unknown -even when we don’t want to and when we think we don’t need to.” Paulo Coelho

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Amazing Spot for Photo Ops Blowing Rocks Jupiter, Florida

Blowing Rocks, Jupiter, Florida

Florida is a huge state with two spectacular coasts donning some of America’s most beautiful beaches.  On one of my many road trips I discovered an amazing spot perfect for photo ops.  The place is called Blowing Rocks Preserve.  I found it because the town it’s in has a wacky name so of course I wanted to explore it.  The town is called Jupiter and located in Palm Beach County Florida.

Blowing Rocks Preserve was named for the rocky Anastasia limestone shoreline.  This one mile stretch is special because most of it is either underground or underwater.  It’s one of Florida’s rarest surviving landscapes.  There is a dune habitat with beach sunflowers, bay cedar, sea grapes and sea oats.

During the summer months the beaches provide important nesting habitats for endangered sea turtles.  The sea turtles and the nests are protected by federal, state and local laws to prevent extinction.  Do not touch them or their nests.

On the day I was there a rain shower passed through causing giant splashes as the Atlantic Ocean slammed into the hard rocky surface.  Don’t be afraid to get wet.  It’s a really fun sight to see and makes for some wonderful photos.

Blowing Rocks Jupiter, Florida

Blowing Rocks Jupiter, Florida

Blowing Rocks Jupiter, Florida

While researching I found it turns out that a bunch of famous people have homes in Jupiter, Florida.  Burt Renolds, Tiger Woods, Celine Dion, Tori Amos, Michael Jordan, Dara Torres and Camilo Vargas just to name a few.  If you’re interested in history the Town of Jupiter has a website with a timeline dating back to prehistoric times when the Tequesta lived there.

Blowing Rocks, Jupiter, Florida

I recommend this spot whether you just have a few free minutes or an afternoon to spare.

Have you been to Blowing Rocks or Jupiter?

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“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.” Henri Cartier-Bresson

“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.”  Robert Frank

“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is thereby a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.”  Ansel Adams

 

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Everything is Temporary

Temporary: 1. not permanent; provisional 2. lasting only a short time

What Color is the Atlantic Ocean in this photo????
Hutchinson Island, Ft. Pierce, Florida

I was on a walk about again last weekend. This time it was a weekend at the Disney Parks in Orlando where I always have fun. I’m telling you, I never get tired of visiting Disney. More about that trip later in the week. This post is about the magical place in the photo. Can you believe that’s a real place?  I still don’t have a name for the special color of the Atlantic Ocean which elicits magical feelings of joy and the wonderment of possibilities from me.

On the drive back home we decided we weren’t done having fun yet.  So we exited the Turnpike in search of the beach.  Florida is fabulous that way, just head east and eventually you’ll reach the beach.  Driving over one bridge, then another and another.  Stopping here and there but I still longed to continue roaming and exploring until finally ending up on a quiet street with little traffic.  From the road the only thing visible was a welcoming gazebo painted a funny shade of orange where tall brown beach grass danced and swayed to the rhythm of the wind. I was completely clueless of the beauty lying in wait of my searching heart.

At the top of the gazebo stairway I was  stunned speechless.  That color!!!  What a color.  I felt I was the luckiest person on the planet to witness such intense beauty.  I’m sure I said ‘wow’ and laughed out loud as I pulled out my camera to greedily capture this precious moment. 

Half mesmerized, I took my time finding a spot on the sand near the shore where I could safely watch the rough waves pounding forcefully onto the sand without the ocean stealing me away.  Paper thin luminous seashells made music as the waves tussled them about.  The sun momentarily bouncing off the pearl like surfaces only to disappear with the next wave.  It was a reminder of how everything is temporary and we are extremely lucky for the good things we get so we better treasure them while we can. 

Hiding behind the lens, snapping away trying not to cry because I was overwhelmed with the feeling of joy.  Completely grateful to be alive and be able to experience everything I have experienced.

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“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” Muhammad Ali


“Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them, any happiness is only temporary, because there’s nothing to make it last.” Nicholas Sparks

“You are an infinite spiritual being having a temporary human experience.” Wayne W. Dyer


“We might not know we are seeking people who best enrich our lives, but somehow on a deep subconscious level we absolutely are. Whether the bond is temporary or permanent, whether it succeeds or fails, fate is simply a configuration of choices that combine with others to shape the relationships that surround us. We cannot choose our family, but we can choose our friends, and we sometimes, before we even meet them.” Simon Pegg

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