Pack up the kids and head to Florida! Better yet, head to a Beach Vacation Rentals cottage, condo or apartment in beautiful Pompano Beach, just on the North side of Fort Lauderdale. Recommended as the family-friendly, more affordable “Places to Stay” by a major New York Times Sunday Travel article, Beach Vacation Rentals proprietor Elaine Fitzgerald has thought of everything at these nationally rated Superior Small Lodgings to make your stay easy and stress free.
These lovely beach-area properties are immaculately clean, well-maintained and packed with all the comforts of home….everything from free Wi-Fi to children’s books, videos, family games, beach toys and gear, and TVs in every bedroom. They are in safe, quiet neighborhoods just two blocks or less to our award-winning Blue Wave beach with lifeguards. Best of all, the area is chock full of things kids love to do. Read below for details.
Save Time and Money
“For about the price of a single hotel room, we offer families a fully outfitted apartment with everything they would find in their own homes,” says Fitzgerald. “We understand that saving time and money is important these days.” Beach Vacation Rentals properties have no parking fees, no charge for local phone calls, no charge for W-fi and NO resort fees!
For a family of four, eating out can often cost more than the accommodations. But with full kitchens at all of our Beach Vacation Rentals apartments and cottages, families don’t have to eat every meal out. They can opt in for a few meals, and save that money toward entertaining the family at local attractions. And it’s so much nicer to not have to dress the kids and drag them into a restaurant for every meal. Use your own kitchen, or grill out on the BBQ.
Having laundry facilities is another big plus for families. You can pack half as much and avoid the extra baggage fees, knowing you can throw your things in the wash at your convenience. Beach Vacation Rentals even provides the laundry soap and dryer sheets for you. There’s also a clothesline if you just need to air dry a few towels, or prefer sheets dried in the clean ocean air.
If you need baby gear, we recommend an excellent local supplier of wrapped and sanitized playpens, cribs and high chairs, who can deliver and pick up on your days of arrival and departure. Just call ahead with any major credit card.
Clean and Reliable
All of our properties are multiple winners of the Superior Small Lodgings White Glove Award for 100-percent excellence in housekeeping. Our maintenance staff is on duty every day to keep our places in mint condition. You can rely on us for best business practices. Beach Vacation Rentals was awarded 2009 Small Business of the Year by the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce.
You don’t need to be around “life in the fast lane” when traveling with your family. Pompano Beach is a quiet, easy-going oceanfront community where there’s plenty to do for both kids and parents to enjoy clean family fun.
It’s a short walk to our wide public beach with lifeguards, playgrounds and picnic tables and BBQ grills. There are places to rent bicycles, boats, parasails, paddle boards, kite-boarding, personal watercraft and sailboats. Grab the cooler from your Beach Vacation Rentals apartment and pack a picnic lunch, or you can walk to plenty of casual restaurants to suit all price ranges and tastes. Go for ice cream and pizza, or nicer waterfront dining. Then check out the beach-area shops.
The dive and snorkel boats go out three times a day and provide all the safety gear and instruction. Kids who have never snorkeled enjoy the underwater vistas in no time. Those who wish to stay on the boat can watch the sea life by looking through the boat’s glass bottom windows. South Florida Diving Headquarters will pick you up and drop you off for free from our Beach Vacation Rentals properties.
For an easy and inexpensive family fishing trip, try renting everything you need at the public fishing pier. It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Or just enjoy a walk on the 1,000-foot pier to see what everyone else is catching. You can also go on a party fishing boat which supplies all the gear and bait for a low per-person price, and the mates help everyone bait their lines, show the kids how to cast, and clean your fish at the end of the trip. For a more upscale experience, visit our fishing fleet just up the road, and charter your own boat and captain. Then come home and grill your own catch on the BBQ. There’s nothing better!
If you want to skip the fishing and just go for fresh fish, drive North a mile up the beach road to Hillsboro Inlet. On the West side of the road just before the drawbridge, you’ll find our fishing fleet, where captains clean their catch and sell fresh fish off the boats in the late mornings. Your kids will love watching the pelicans eat the scraps. On the East side of the road is a lovely park where you’ll see our historic Hillsboro Lighthouse (with the brightest beam in the world), picnic tables, a playground, boat docks and another fishing pier.
Nearby public parks are some of the best in the nation with all kinds of special things to do. Visit the tropical gardens at Butterfly World in Tradewinds Park, with 10,000 live butterflies in the nation’s largest butterfly aviary. Tradewinds Park also has pony and trail rides and boardwalk nature trails through wildlife areas. Go to Quiet Waters Park for a children’s interactive splash pool water park, and for older kids – skateboard courts and waterskiing on the lake, that’s pulled by a zip line. Fern Forest Nature Center has botanical gardens and boardwalk nature trails. Pompano Beach Community Park has top-notch aquatics and tennis centers, and a state-of-the-art dog park if you brought your pooch on vacation with you. There’s also a five-mile bike and walking path around the park, air park and golf course. Perhaps most unique is the spectator area at our historic Pompano Air Park for the Goodyear blimp “Spirit of Innovation,” which is based here. When it’s in town, you can watch it take off and land every twenty minutes. Quite a spectacular site….and free! Or you can shell out bigger bucks and go for sightseeing helicopter tours over the seashore or Everglades.
Even a rainy day won’t stop you and your family from having fun. The Museum of Discovery and Science and IMAX theater is a short drive and full of hands-on interactive experiences that can keep the kids busy for days. Movie theaters and a bowling alley are just a five-minute drive from the beach. , Extreme Indoor Karting is a short drive south in Fort Lauderdale. And there’s always shopping at fun places like Sawgrass Mills (world’s largest outlet mall). Have lunch at the delightfully entertaining Rain Forest restaurant with its animated jungle animals, tropical fish tanks and exciting indoor “thunderstorms.” While you shop, drop off the kids at Wannado City for supervised fun. It’s America’s first indoor role-playing theme park just for kids, where they can learn about all kinds of occupations and pretend to be whatever they want to be. For another unique shopping experience, visit Festival Flea Market Mall (world’s largest indoor flea market).
When the sun comes back out, there are plenty of South Florida private parks and theme parks to visit, including places like Boomers amusement park, Flamingo Gardens, Jungle Island, Miami Seaquarium, Miami Metro Zoo, Lion Country Safari, Morikami Museum and Gardens, Billie Swamp Safari everglades park and Rapids Water Park.
For even more Family Fun and Things to Do while in Pompano Beach, check out our Local Activities page.