Here’s How To Spend A Weekend In Pompano Beach
After a long work week, there’s no doubt that many of us strive to enjoy the weekend to the fullest—even if that means just taking a load off and binge watching Netflix.
But why do the same old thing you do every weekend when you could get out on the town and experience something new? We suggest heading a little north of Fort Lauderdale to spend a weekend in Pompano Beach.
Whether you’re looking to try new tasty treats, experience local history or just want to enjoy the ocean, this local beach town is a thriving weekend destination.
Here’s our suggested itinerary to experiencing the best in Pompano Beach:
6 p.m.: Start off your Friday night by heading over to The Rusty Hook Tavern for dinner and picturesque water views. While watching the sunset over the Intracoastal, enjoy some delicious fresh seafood fare, like the baked mahimahi in a coconut broth, and sip on specialty craft cocktails like the Guilty Plea, made with tequila, Thai chili, passion fruit and jalapeño. The restaurant also serves rotating draft beers from breweries located throughout Florida.
7 p.m.: After you get your fill of fresh seafood, walk across the street to The Great Lawn for its free and monthly “Music Under the Stars” event. On the second Friday of every month, patrons can enjoy listening to live music outdoors. The next show at The Great Lawn, which will be held on Sept. 14, will feature classic rock and pop music performed by Havoc 305.
8 p.m.: Before you wrap up your Friday night out on the town, be sure to grab a night cap at The Vega Lounge. Set within a cozy yet enticing space, this local hot spot is known for boasting a wide variety of craft cocktails, as well as beer, wine and spirits.
9 a.m.: What better way to begin your Saturday then by strolling by the waves at the Pompano Beach Pier. Bring your fishing pole if you want to leisurely catch some fish, or simply take in the beautiful sights and sounds of the ocean.
Noon: Stop into The Foundry for lunch. Showcasing a look and feel of the early 1900s, the restaurant offers guests a look back in time with its industrial revolution décor and atmosphere. The Foundry serves American fare and specialty wood fire pizzas, like the salsiccia, featuring a San Marzano tomato sauce, sweet fennel sausage and local herb-scented ricotta.
2 p.m.: Continue enjoying a blast from the past by learning Pompano Beach’s local history at the Sample-McDougald House Museum. Built in 1916, this historic home offers locals and tourists alike a glimpse into what life was like during the turn of the century. The home served as the base for the Sample family’s farming operations, which stretched from Lighthouse Point to what is now Powerline Road.
5 p.m.: For dinner, continue to enjoy the soft sands and ocean views at Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar. Located within the Beachcomber Resort and Villas, Ocean Grill offers an unparalleled dining experience right on the beach. Grab a bite of its fresh catch of the day or sip on a craft cocktail outside under the chickee hut.
7 p.m.: Keep the party going at local watering hole Briny Irish Pub. If you’re looking for a good time and place to unwind after a long day in the sun, then be sure to check out this lively maritime-themed sports bar.
10:30 a.m.: Go out for Sunday brunch in style at Cafe Maxx. For over three decades, this stylish upscale restaurant has offered diners a white tablecloth brunch experience every Sunday. Served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests can enjoy French-inspired brunch items like cashew-and-macadamia-crusted French toast bread pudding, or smoked salmon eggs Benedict with a lemon-chive hollandaise.
Noon: After possibly a few too many mimosas, head over to one of the two shopping staples in Pompano Beach. Bargain shop unique items, including antiques, at the indoor flea market Festival Marketplace or, for a more traditional shopping experience, head over to the Pompano Citi Centre, which features a variety of shops and popular retailers.
3 p.m.: Now it’s time to check out the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse. Take a tour of the historical lighthouse that has been running since the early 1900s and learn of its rich history.
6 p.m.: To round out your Sunday, head over to Sunset Catch for another relaxing dinner on the water. Perched above the marina at the Sands Harbor, guests can enjoy a variety of fresh seafood and authentic Italian cuisine. While taking in the panoramic views of Florida's Intracoastal, salivate over dishes like the Sunset Catch Pescatore, featuring little neck clams, black Mediterranean mussels, calamari and jumbo shrimp in a garlic white sauce or red sauce, served over linguine.
Where To Stay
Although Fort Lauderdale locals live close enough to Pompano Beach to sleep at home during their “Pompano weekend,” we also suggest making a staycation out of it. We recommend staying at Residence Inn by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Pompano Beach, Beachcomber Resort and Villas and Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa.
Top photo by Luiz Centenaro
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Why do the same old thing you do every weekend when you could get out on the town and experience something new? We suggest heading a little north of Fort Lauderdale and spending a weekend in Pompano Beach.