Hollywood Beach

A coastal city of over 130,000 residents located in Broward County, Hollywood Beach is nestled between Fort Lauderdale and Miami.  Beginning as an undeveloped tract of pine forests, palmetto plants, and tangled undergrowth interspersed with tomato farms and low lying marshland, Hollywood has become the second-most populated city in Broward County and the ninth largest city in the State of Florida.  Founded by a former resident of California, Joseph Young, Hollywood derived its name in memory of Young's favorite California city:  Hollywood.

Hollywood Beach is proud of it's famous boardwalk - Hollywood Boardwalk, a 27-foot wide walkway which includes a five-mile bicycling, rollerblading and running path that parallels the beach, originally patterned after Atlantic City's famed boardwalk.  Having been dubbed in earlier years the "Atlantic City of the South" Hollywood became the winter home of many northern industrialists, visiting celebrities, and the site of several of Hollywood's fanciest social affairs.

Other notable pastimes in Hollywood are Jai-alai in nearby Dania, the Hollywood Greyhound Track, and Gulfstream Park - a world-class thoroughbred racing and entertainment facility set on a lush, tropical 256 acres. In addition to live racing, the track offers full-card simulcasting, so you can enjoy, watch and wager on races from around the country.
Unique to Hollywood is the location of the Seminole Indian Reservation, a politically independent entity, within the corporate limits of the city. In 1971, Hollywood was the site of the "Pageant of the Unconquered Seminoles" which drew the attendance of Native Americans from across the United States.

In 1975, Hollywood adopted the nickname the "Diamond of the Gold Coast" and has since continued to add luster to its reputation with the opening of the Anne Kolb Nature Center located in Hollywood's West Lake Tract. The center boasts over 1,500 acres of mangrove preserves and is the site of a protected bird rookery and sanctuary as well as a fish nursery ground. On Hollywood's North Beach, a sea turtle hatchery and preserve has been developed. The historic downtown arts district along Harrison Street and the Hollywood Art & Culture Center have become centers of activity in the cultural arts and entertainment communities of South Florida.


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