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Fort Lauderdale Neighborhood Guide: Pompano Beach

By Bri Hand | Aug 16, 2021

If you’re planning on moving to Fort Lauderdale, FL, you’re likely trying to figure out the best neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale and which one would be the right fit for you.

Located just north of Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach is a great city if you never want to be bored. With fantastic beaches, shopping, boating, fishing, and even dive sights along the offshore coral reef, there’s plenty in Pompano Beach to keep you busy. 

Thinking about moving to Pompano Beach, FL? Here’s our guide to the best restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, outdoor attractions, gyms, nightlife, and transportation in the neighborhood.

Where to go out to eat in Pompano Beach, FL

Oceanfront dining is the name of the game in Pompano Beach. Enjoy a beautiful view of the water and palm trees at the Seaside Grill, a beachside tiki bar with various sandwiches, salads, and bar bites to enjoy. You’ll also love indulging in the seafood at Beach House, an upscale restaurant with gorgeous beachfront views.

You can even watch the sunset from The Rusty Hook Tavern, which serves modern Mediterranean cuisine (and makes a mean cocktail!). We recommend trying the Blackened Unicorn Fish Fillet! 

For a more casual dining experience, stop by Lucky Fish, which has an amazing breakfast menu (including Lucky’s Hangover Hash!), along with bar bites and their “Flip Flop Cocktails.” We can’t say to a Vodka Lemonade!

Where to get groceries in Pompano Beach, FL

Looking for a place to grab your groceries? Stop by Publix and Whole Foods for everything you need. 

Where to get coffee in Pompano Beach, FL

Whether you love decadent coffee drinks or drink your daily fix black, there’s plenty of places in town to grab a cup of joe. Cafe Brie serves all your espresso favorites, as well as breakfast items, quiches, and savory French crepes. We recommend trying the Pina Colada Crepe—you’re in Florida, after all! 

Be sure to stop by the Dandee Donut Factory for old-fashioned donuts and mouth-watering coffee drinks, such as lattes, cappuccinos, and chai tea lattes. We recommend pairing the Vanilla Dip Cruller with the White Chocolate Mocha, or giving the S’mores donut a try. And the best news? This spot is open 24 hours a day! 

Like drinking your coffee sitting down instead of on the go? Check out Lester’s Diner, which has regular coffee and espresso, as well as delicious diner food.

There are also a handful of Starbucks locations throughout town to choose from. 

Outdoor attractions in Pompano Beach, FL

This Florida city is home to more than 50 local parks, which means you’ll have plenty of chances to get outside and enjoy the “sunshine” part of the Sunshine State. Pompano Community Park is one popular attraction, with sports fields, an outdoor pool, a playground, and grills. 

Another great park option in the area is the family-friendly North Ocean Park, which boasts beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean, palm trees, and the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse. 

Beach and fishing aficionados alike will love exploring the Pompano Beach Pier. Situated right on the Atlantic Ocean, this beachside pier is the perfect spot for sightseeing and walking with friends along the water.

Local gyms in Pompano Beach, FL

CrossFit enthusiasts, rejoice! There are multiple places to get a workout in nearby, including CrossFit CVI, CrossFit Out of the Box, and CrossFit Lighthouse Point. If you’re looking for a more traditional workout experience, consider getting a membership at  LA Fitness, YouFit Health Clubs, Rave HIIT Fitness, or 9 ROUND

Nightlife in Pompano Beach, FL

For a spirited night out on the town, head over to 26 Degree Brewing Company, a local craft beer brewer that serves delicious brews such as the Scotch Ness Monster. You’ll also love Briny Irish Pub, an upscale dive in the area with great beers and Irish dishes. 

Looking for a new date night spot? Check out Deep Oceanfront Restaurant and Bar, whose cocktails dazzle guests just as much as the ocean views outside. A frose by the sea? Don’t mind if we do! 

You’ll love the happy hour deals at Bru’s Room, which is co-owned by a former player of the Miami Dolphins. This is a great bar to watch your favorite sports team play, with many TVs inside and delicious bar bites.

Things to do in Pompano Beach, FL

The Sample-McDougald House Museum is a historic home popular among tourists (though residents of Pompano Beach do get free admission!). The museum also hosts various events, such as seasonal exhibits, gardening workshops, and live music.

Continue your cultural tour through this Florida city with a show at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater, an open-air venue featuring concerts and music festivals. 

If you want to kick your night up a notch, head over to the Isle Casino Pompano Park, a horse racing track and casino in the area. 

Transportation in Pompano Beach, FL

This Florida city is served by the Tri-Rail public transportation system. There is also a free community shuttle that operates within the city that works in conjunction with the following Broward County Transit (BCT) routes: 10, 1, 20, 31, 50, 60, 83, 93, and 95. 

If you have your own car, you will be able to easily get around to nearby cities such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Boca Raton. 

Land in a great apartment in Pompano Beach, FL

If you like the idea of moving to Pompano Beach near Fort Lauderdale, Landing offers fully furnished apartments with flexible lease terms, concierge services, seamless transfers, and all the amenities you need. Browse our available apartments in Pompano Beach, or contact us to learn more about how Landing works.

Still looking for the right Fort Lauderdale neighborhood for you? Browse our other Fort Lauderdale neighborhood guides!

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About the author

Bri Hand

Bri Hand is Landing's Content Marketing Manager. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts, with her partner and dog, Arlo, but relishes any opportunity she can to travel so she can try new foods, see gorgeous sights, and daydream about living somewhere new after visiting there for less than 24 hours.