Home to some of the least crowded beaches in the greater Fort Lauderdale area, Dania Beach (nearly 29,000 residents) is at a prime location: The small and medium-size hotel venues in Dania Beach are appealing to groups seeking close proximity to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for short meetings and easy accessibility to other areas in greater Fort Lauderdale, such as the Greater Fort Lauderdale/ Broward County Convention Center (four miles from Dania Beach).
In addition, Dania Beach is only a mile away from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, 20 miles from the Miami International Airport and 44 miles from the Palm Beach International Airport.
Some hotel venues in Dania Beach are the 388-room Hilton Fort Lauderdale Airport, 250-room Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport and Cruise Port Hotel, 156-room Hilton Garden Inn Fort Lauderdale Airport-Cruise Port and 119-room Cambria Suites Fort Lauderdale, Airport South & Cruise Port.
For a visually captivating off-site special event venue, the 12,000-square-foot International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) Hall of Fame has a spectacular room with life-size replicas of world record big game catches suspended overhead. Suitable for groups as large as 1,000, the IGFA facility offers two event spaces measuring 4,700 square feet and 3,800 square feet and smaller conference rooms are also available.
After meetings, entertainment venues in Dania Beach start with the Dania Jai-Alai, where activities include wagering on Jai-Alai, playing poker and watching and wagering on Thoroughbred horses, harness racing and greyhounds through simulcasting from events around the world. Other things to do include Boomers, an amusement park with a giant wooden roller coaster, and the John U. Lloyd State Park, a 251-acre barrier island with activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking on nature trails, canoeing and picnicking.
For dining, a Dania Beach icon is Beach Watch adjacent to the Dania Fishing Pier, where diners can watch cruise ships leaving Port Everglades. The menu is dotted with seafood favorites like coconut shrimp, calamari and seafood chowder.
Featuring a quaint, historic downtown sector, the town of Dania Beach bills itself as the "Antique Capital of the South" with more than 100 antique shops in and near the town center. Its Art & Antique District is a popular day trip and spouse program destination for group attendees staying in other areas of Greater Fort Lauderdale.