Pompano Beach combines emerald color water and white granulated sand into a day of fun in the sun. We began our adventurous day taking a trip to a sister resort located on Pompano Beach. We selected a premier spot and set ourselves up with some nice lounge chairs and a few over-sized umbrellas.
The stretch of beach we were on gave us a nice view of the Atlantic with its seasonably warm waves. The sky was blue and the sun was shining bright. Florida’s slogan as being the “Sunshine State” was alive and well on this beautiful day.
Pompano Beach is north of Ft Lauderdale and is a popular destination for people who want to be close to Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway, north to W. Palm Beach and south to Miami’s happening areas. On this particular day the crowd was much lighter than usual, which offered us a chance to relax and enjoy the mild breeze and perfect spring day temperatures.
The resort towers that populate the bright white sandy shoreline offers accessibility to all their attractions. As long as you purchase food and/or beverages from the resort’s bar & grill(s), you can take advantage of their pool and other on-site amenities.
We sat down at a tiki hut that offered us a perfect view of the beach. We ordered a bite to eat and a thirst quenching beverage. After lunch we went back to our little oasis and took in a few more rays and the awesome scenery before us. People watching can be very entertaining to say the least.
We made our way back to the resort where we were staying and prepared for the upcoming evening. We then decided to visit a tourist favorite named Lauderdale by the Sea. The square is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. It has many boutique shops, restaurants and bars to explore. It also has a pier and a open air venue where local entertainers perform. Everyone was having fun dancing and enjoying the free music that was playing from the square’s covered atrium. Just beyond the venue is the local beach and fishing pier which were also busy.
We walked around for awhile to take in the sights and view the many displayed menus. The variety of cuisines made it very hard to choose a restaurant. They all offer their own signature dishes and accented foods. There are establishments that have sidewalk tables, half out – half in arrangements and enclosed dinning areas. After walking past the many options, we settled on Aruba Beach Café.
Aruba Beach Café is an enclosed eating establishment that has the versatility to open its door type windows to let in the fresh sea air. It adds to the restaurant’s total ambiance. Most of the tables face the emerald waters that wash up onto the palm lined beach.
We finished our dinners and decided to take a evening walk around Lauderdale by the Sea’s neighborhood with all its illuminating colors. There was music, entertainment and spirited conversations coming from the square’s many bars & grills. A two person musical group stood in front of Azteca and serenaded the gathering crowd. We could hear music and sounds of celebration coming from all directions in the approximately 2 block square.
The pedestrian highway is shared with umbrella clad tables, the foliage that lines the street and the many activities that gather in front of the eating & drinking establishments. Combining a chic café district with a flare of contemporary style that’s lit up by multi-colored lights in a tropical weather environment, makes for an exciting adventure.
This is not our first trip to Lauderdale by the Sea and its surrounding area. This part of Ft Lauderdale is very exclusive and can be a little pricy for the budget minded individual. With this in mind, splurge a little and tour the square and all its unique atmosphere.