Dania Pier, near Hollywood Beach, Florida

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Dania Beach Pier and Ocean Park

People always like to gather around a focal point on the beach, and Florid's lack of dramatic geology means that a pier is about the closest we get to focal point. The Dania Pier is a solid concredt structure that juts out into the very clear blue-green waters of south Florida's Atlantic coast, a short drive north of Hollywood Beach. Sure, it's great for fishing, but with plenty of parking it attracts lots of beachgoers.

To get here, take Dania Beach Blvd east toward the beach. When you come off the Blvd, follow the sign that directs you to bear right to Dania Beach. If you are coming north on A1A from Hollywood Beach, you'll need to turn right on N. 4th Terrace, which is just before you go under the overpass. If you go under the overpass you've gone too far. It's an easy turn to miss.

For those with physical challenges Dania Beach gets high marks for being easily accessible on the "diz-abled.com" web site. I don't know whether they have beach wheel chairs.

There is a restaurant on the pier and another one situated within the parking area.

Dania Pier and Ocean Park beach. Florida.
Above: The view looking south from the Dania Pier.
Dania Beach crowd.
 Dania Ocean Park beach.  My telephoto lens makes the crowd look much thicker than it actually is.
Dania Beach has lifeguard protection.
Above: Dania Beach has lifeguard coverage from 9am to 5pm on the south side of the Pier.
Beach access at Dania Beach.
Beach access at Dania beach.
Dania Beach Pier, viewed from the beach.
The Dania Pier as viewed from the beach.
Dania Beach Pier entrance.
Above: The entrance to the Dania Pier is wheelchair accessible.
Dania Pier.
Fishing is a serious pursuit on the Dania Pier.
Dania Pier, looking toward land.
On the Dania Pier. There is a modest charge to fish on the pier and to walk out on the pier for sightseeing.
Looking north from the Dania Pier.
Looking north from the Dania pier. There are no lifeguards on the north side of the pier.
Dania Beach has beautiful water.
Above: Dania Beach has beautiful clear blue-green waters and is great for swimming.
Parking area at Dania beach.
There is plenty of parking (for a fee) at Dania Beach. My understanding is that cars with a "handicap" decal park for free.