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.
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 Dello Fort Lauderdale Airport features a boutique-style experience. In December 2019, Le Méridien Dania Beach at Fort Lauderdale Airport opened its doors with a French-meets-maritime aesthetic.
Dania Pointe will soon make Dania Beach Broward County’s preeminent lifestyle destination. The mixed-use development has almost 1 million square feet of retail, restaurants, Class A offices, hotels, luxury apartments and public event space.
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 a calm, blue ocean. Pop into BG Whiskey Creek Hideout, and they’ll outfit you for kayaking, canoeing, 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.
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.
If you're looking for world-class designs and renovation inspiration, visit The Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) for 55 premier showrooms, catering to any home, yacht or office project.
Tropical Acres Steakhouse, owned and operated by the same family since 1949, recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. Indulge in charbroiled steaks and the finest of seafood at Broward's oldest steakhouse. Grampa's Bakery & Restaurant, another family owned and operated legend, serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus fresh baked breads, biscuits, pastries and custom cakes. Head on over to Tarks of Dania Beach for wings and classic regional beach fare like shrimp, oysters and gator.
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. Try their famous Kitchen Sink. Got brunch on the mind? Bake Shack serves up made-from-scratch donuts, sandwiches and burgers served on baked house bread or vegan pretzel rolls, chicken & waffle, and more goodies, all in this cozy bakery.
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 Garlic 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. There's always an open seat for you at Antonio's family table. A neighborhood favorite since 1978, Antonio's Pizza & Italian Restaurant serves hand-crafted pizzas, garlic rolls, pastas and other authentic Italian dishes.
Step inside 3 Sons Brewing Co., featuring 25+ beers on tap, cold brew coffee, Italian sodas, and delicious food made daily. The neighborhood family-friendly brewery is the perfect place to unwind, play croquet, and try unique flavors.
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 fishing, hiking, or a day at the beach.
The Casino @Dania Beach features 900 Las Vegas-style slot machines, a 24-table card room, nationally known recording artists and comedians, a simulcast lounge and sports bar, multiple dining options and live Jai-Alai
The Holocaust Documentation & Education Center, South Florida's first Holocaust Museum, has among the largest collections of Holocaust artifacts and research materials, including 2,500 eyewitness testimonies, 6,000-volume research and reference libraries, films, DVDs, photographs, and priceless Holocaust memorabilia. These collections and exhibits attract visitors and scholars from all over the world.
Diverse, low-key, and always surprising, discover another side of Greater Fort Lauderdale in Dania Beach.