Enjoy the perfect spot for a family outing next time you’re in Hollywood, Florida. Located directly off of A1A in south Florida, John U. Lloyd Beach State Park is packed with warm weather fun that lasts all year round. Fishing, swimming, snorkeling, diving, boating and picnicking are just a few of the many adventures and activities this no-snow winter vacation has to offer. Conveniently located near Fort Lauderdale airport and Port Everglades, this state park is the perfect place to waste time while getting ready to board your cruise ship or flight back home.
Boating is probably one of the most popular activities during the winter at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park. A first class boat ramp, parking area and rental concession allow visitors to launch there motorboats, canoes and kayaks along Whiskey Creek. This inlet opens into the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) and the Port Everglades Inlet which opens into the Atlantic Ocean. This is where the large cruise ships depart 24/7 from the inlet.
Loggerhead Café is a full concession with bait, boat rentals and refreshments that John U. Lloyd Beach State Park offers visitors and is located at the entrance to Whiskey creek. Bring a picnic lunch or buy one at the park, then head on down to one of the three hundred first come first serve picnic tables. You can rent out bigger pavilions for family gatherings, business meetings or other large events for $159 a day. Each picnic area has electricity, water, picnic table an barbecue for the perfect day outdoors on your no-snow winter vacation.
Bring your scuba or snorkeling gear and explore one of Florida’s easiest offshore dives. The blue-green waters and sandy bottom beaches allow visitors a glimpse into the underwater paradise that is south Florida’s best all tropical no-snow winter vacation. The waters are warm, the beaches are sunny and the wildlife-both undersea and overland-is spectacular.
Before you leave John U. Lloyd Beach State Park and take a barefoot stroll down the beach back to your hotel, remember that just two hundred years ago, barefoot mailmen used to take days delivering mail up and down the many miles of Florida’s coasts. They sure must have had a great job.
For more information on directions to the park, hours of operations and entrance fees, visit the official John U. Lloyd Beach State Park website here.