Moving to Pompano Beach? Fort Lauderdale‘s northern neighbor offers plenty of sunshine, fun beach activities, affordable homes, and more. Check out these 12 things to know about living in Pompano Beach!
Live in the Heart of the Gold Coast
Halfway between Miami and West Palm Beach and often referred to as the “Heart of Florida’s Gold Coast,” Pompano Beach is a gorgeous city to call home. Here, you get the beach access and great amenities but without the cost of other Florida cities! The median home price in Pompano Beach is $165,300, making it a more affordable place to buy a home compared to nearby Fort Lauderdale, which has a median home price of $273,400. And if you’re searching for the perfect waterfront mansion or condo, Pompano Beach has many luxury real estate options as well!
Bask in the Sun, But Prepare for Rain
There’s a reason Florida is nicknamed The Sunshine State, and Pompano Beach is a great example of why! With Pompano Beach’s 240 sunny days per year and annual temperatures averaging between a comfortable 67 and 85 degrees, the Pompano Beach weather will give you plenty of time outside soaking up the sun. Plus, the Gulf Stream gives residents warm ocean waters to swim in year-round, with the average water temperature being around 80 degrees. Just be sure to have your rain gear ready because Florida is known for afternoon rain showers—Pompano Beach sees about 61 inches of rain per year!
Spend a Day at the Beach
With over three miles of public beach access in Pompano Beach, there’s tons of fun to be had in the Florida sun. Swim, sunbathe, or have a picnic on the white sandy beach. Head over to Pompano Beach Pier and take in ocean views while exploring the various shops. Rent jet skis from KC Jet Ski & Water Sports for an adrenaline rush on the Atlantic Ocean. Spend the day at Public Kite Beach, a great spot to try your hand at kiteboarding or windsurfing. Or relax at North Ocean Park, one of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s most beautiful beaches!
Pompano Beach Has Plenty of Green Space
Not only does Pompano Beach have some amazing beach spots, but there are also over 50 parks and green spaces to explore. Play basketball or enjoy a picnic at Pompano Community Park. Go for a run or play on the playgrounds at North Pompano Park. Walk through the palm trees and enjoy relaxing views of the harbor at Harbor’s Edge Park. Explore the Hillsboro Lighthouse at Hillsboro Inlet Park. See Florida wildlife while hiking at Crystal Lake Sand Pine Scrub. Join a sports league, enroll the kids in summer camp, or take a community class at Highlands Recreation Center. Or take your pup out for some exercise at Canine Corner Dog Park!
Celebrate South Florida Arts & Culture
There’s always something fun to do in Pompano Beach, thanks to the local arts and culture scene! Head downtown to the Creative Arts District and explore a rotating art exhibit or enjoy a live ballet performance at Pompano Beach Cultural Center. See paintings and photography from local artists or attend an art workshop at Bailey Contemporary Arts Center. Watch a live music performance at Pompano Beach Amphitheater, an outdoor theater with 3,000 seats. Learn about the African-American community in Pompano Beach at Ali Cultural Arts Center. Or discover more about Pompano Beach’s history or enroll in a storytelling workshop at Blanche Ely House Museum.
It’s a Family-Friendly City
Pompano is a perfect place for families with its many fun activities for kids! Explore the six free-flight aviaries at Butterfly World, the largest butterfly park in the world. Spend the day shopping at Festival Marketplace, a European-style market with vendors selling clothing, jewelry, home goods, and more. Ride horses, walk through the petting farm, or go on a train ride at Tradewinds Park & Stables. Race go-karts, go bowling, and play arcade games at Xtreme Action Park. Explore climbing walls, test your ninja skills, practice skiing, and more at Planet Air Sports. Or play team-building games like Bubble Soccer and Bubble Royale while rolling around in your own inflatable bubble from Bubble Bash Events!
There Are Tons of Local Events & Festivals
If you’re searching for things to do in Pompano Beach, you won’t have to look far! The city hosts several unique events and festivals throughout the year for you to enjoy. Try seafood creations from area restaurants and listen to live music at Pompano Beach Seafood Festival. Dress to the nines and try upscale food and wine at Pompano Beach Fine Food & Wine Celebration. Experience the culture of Brazil at the Annual Brazilian Festival, where you can sample South American cuisine, enjoy live music, shop local vendors, and more. Ride carnival rides and take part in the silent auction all while celebrating Italian culture at St. Coleman Italian Festival. Get in the holiday spirit by attending the nation’s oldest Holiday Boat Parade. Jam out on the beach to local, traveling, and big-name musicians at Beachfest Music Festival. Or taste fruity brews, tropical food creations, and unique rum drinks at the annual Pineapple Jamboree.
Become a Master Angler
Be sure to grab your pole and tackle box before you head to Pompano Beach because you’ll find some of the best fishing spots in Florida, as well as some exciting fishing tournaments! Go charter fishing with Naughty Girl Sport Fishing for a high-energy experience offshore. Hop into a kayak and catch big gamefish like mahi-mahi, kingfish, snapper, and more with TC Kayak Fishing. Or skip the boat altogether and fish from the white, sandy beaches or right off the pier! You can also show off your skills at the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo, the Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament, or the Pompano Beach Sailfish Challenge!
Explore the Ocean Blue
There’s an abundance of scuba spots in Pompano Beach for divers of all skill levels! From shipwrecks to natural reefs, there’s so much to explore. Take diving courses to become scuba certified at Pompano Dive. Head out on a scuba excursion with South Florida Diving. For a more relaxed diving experience that allows you to explore further into the ocean, try freediving at Drift Freediving. Not quite ready to head into the depths of the ocean? Pompano Beach has plenty of snorkeling spots close to the beach to discover as well. You even opt for a sunset cruise with Unforgettable Boat Tours to see the beauty of the ocean while staying dry!
Perfect Your Golf Game
Are you an avid golfer? Courses in Pompano Beach are some of the best in Florida—and because of the amazing weather, you can golf here all year long! Schedule a tee time or join a golf league at Palm Aire Country Club and try out the Palms, Oaks, or Cypress courses. Hit the back nine at Pompano Beach Municipal Golf Course and be sure to compete in the Annual Golf Tournament. Check out the Pompano Beach Golf Shop for clubs, attire, and other accessories. Play the nine-hole course at Leisureville Fairway. Afternoon rain storm delaying your game? Head to Sim-U-Golf for an indoor, simulated round of golf!
Eat Some Delicious Food
When it comes to cuisine, Pompano Beach has everything from fine dining establishments to laid-back seafood spots! Enjoy views of the Atlantic while eating Sun-Kissed Shrimp, Mahi-Mahi, and other seafood bites at Oceanic. Savor authentic Italian dishes like Veal Parmigiana, Shrimp Francese at Gianni’s Italian Restaurant—and don’t forget to get Homemade Tiramisu for dessert! Eat traditional Mediterranean cuisine while enjoying live belly dancing and other entertainment at La Vie Lebanese Restaurant. Eat vegan comfort food like “Surf’s Up” Vegan Surf & Turf Dinner or Vegan Chili Cheese Fries at The Rabbit Hole. Get Endless Sunday Mimosas with brunch foods like Steak & Poached Eggs, Smoked Salmon Spinach Benedict, or French Toast Bread Pudding at Cafe Maxx. Order the Short Rib Roll, Tuna Poke Surf Stack, or Naut Your Average Scampi at Beach House Pompano. And grab some sweet treats like a Brookie Bar, Sweet Toffee Pudding, or Pop Tart of the Day from Sweet Rustic Bake Shop.
The Brewery Scene Is Growing
When it comes to South Florida brewery locales, Pompano Beach may not be the most recognizable. However, there’s a fast-growing community of craft beer and cider enthusiasts here, so you’ll be able to find some delicious local brews. Bring your four-legged buddy to the dog-friendly taproom at 26 Degrees Brewing Company, where you can sip on a Captain Ron Hefeweizen or Ziko’s Rage Imperial Stout. Drink a Black Burry Fruited Sour or Whoop Whoop Hoppy Wheat Ale at Black Flamingo Brewing Company. Crack open a Cypress Creek Cream Ale, Moodoo Voodoo Stout, or order one of the rotating seasonal drafts at Bangin’ Banjo Brewing Company. Take home a bottle of Mango Marauder Golden Wild Ale or Citrus Farmer Ale from Odd Breed Wild Ales. Order a flight of beer served in beakers with options like Water of Youth Pale Ale, Cocobana Blonde Ale, and more at Dangerous Minds Brewing Co. Want to try something new? Visit Broski Ciderworks, where they’re serving up Passion Fruit, Mango, and Strawberry Lemonade craft ciders!
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