DescriptionSettled in 1880 and named for a local fish, Pompano Beach is known for its abundant sunshine and variety of recreational opportunities. Tourism became the city's focus in the 1920s after the Dixie Highway was completed. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, Pompano Beach is a popular resort. The city has approximately 50 parks, many of which offer tennis, softball, fishing and swimming. Shipwreck Park, an underwater artificial reef with rotating art exhibits, is a popular dive site.
In December one of the longest-running holiday boat parades in the nation delights thousands of spectators along the shores of the Intracoastal Waterway. Dozens of illuminated yachts and smaller boats compete for prizes in several categories during the Greater Pompano Beach Holiday Boat Parade .
Horse racing takes place at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, west of I-95 on Powerline Road (Race Track Road/S.W. 3rd St.), early October through late May or early June; phone (954) 972-2000.
Note: Policies vary concerning admittance of children to pari-mutuel betting facilities. Phone for information.
Visitor InfoGreater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce 2200 E. Atlantic Blvd. POMPANO BEACH, FL 33062. Phone:(954)941-2940 or (888)939-5711
ShoppingPompano Citi Centre, 1 Pompano Sq. at the corner of Federal Highway and Copans Road, counts JCPenney, Macy's and Sears among its 50 stores. Festival Flea Market Mall, 2900 W. Sample Rd., offers a farmers market and more than 300 vendors selling bargains daily.