Information & Facts
Soaking up the sun, swimming and snorkelling on the offshore
living coral reef are enough to keep most holidaymakers happy in
Pompano Beach, while anglers can rent a rod and reel on the
1,800ft-long (549m) fishing pier and try their luck. The waterfront
and downtown area is bristling with operators offering a variety of
boat trips and excursions to all the varied attractions of the Gold
Coast area, for those with a yen to explore anything from mangrove
swamps to museums. Pompano Beach's own unique attraction is Pompano
Park, Florida's only harness horse-race track, which offers
exciting day and night events and tours for those interested in
getting up close and personal with the trotters and pacers.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
Public transport is almost non-existent, but not necessary if
you are staying near the beach and do not intend to wander far. If
you wish to see the sights, however, renting a car is a necessity.
Most places of interest are at least 15 minutes drive or further
Pompano Beach does not offer much in the way of nightclubs,
although many of the holiday resort hotels provide an entertainment
programme. After dark visitors tend to congregate in bars to play
darts or pool, chat or watch sports broadcasts on television. An
evening at the races at Pompano Park is a popular diversion. Those
seeking nightclubs tend to travel to nearby Fort Lauderdale to
enjoy the bright lights of the 'strip'.
Like all the resort towns along Florida's Gold Coast, the
holiday resort of Pompano Beach is festooned with a wide variety of
restaurants serving every type of international cuisine, with fresh
seafood predominating as the most popular choice. Also well
frequented here are several sports bars featuring large television
screens along with reliable food. Lighthouse Point Yacht Basin and
Marina in Pompano Beach is the jumping off point for a unique
dining experience: numerous celebrities have taken a boat from here
to Cap's Island, where one of the world's most famous restaurants
operates in a collection of wooden shanties, serving up fresh
broiled fish, chowder and heart of palm salad. One of the most
popular spots for casual waterfront dining is the veranda at
Jeremiah's Waterfront Grille in North Riverside Drive.
Holidaymakers and visitors from all over the world flock to
Pompano Beach for a shopping spree par excellence at the Festival
Marketplace in West Sample Road. This massive air-conditioned
indoor flea market, open daily, is a bargain-hunter's delight, with
more than 800 stores, booths and kiosks selling designer jewellery,
electronics, clothes, shoes and gifts, most of it brand name
merchandise. The town's main shopping centre is Pompano Square
Mall, featuring about 60 shops and department stores.