Looking to meet in the quintessential Florida seaside destination? The meeting venues in Hollywood, Florida (not California!) will certainly fit the bill. Part of Broward County, Hollywood has seven miles of uninterrupted natural beach that has been Blue Wave-certified by the Clean Beaches Council for the past decade. The beach experience is further enhanced by the 2.5 mile long Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, Florida's only oceanfront pedestrian promenade.
Situated between Dania Beach and Hallandale Beach, Hollywood is 9 miles from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, 20 miles from Miami International Airport and 7.5 miles from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center.
Hotel venues in Hollywood comprise more than 5,000 hotel rooms and 300,000 square feet of function space. Major meeting-oriented properties include the 1,000-room Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa (209,000 square feet of meeting space), 500-room Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (36,000 square feet of meeting space) and 229-room Hollywood Beach Marriott (6,634 square feet of meeting space).
Among the off-site venues in Hollywood is the Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park, home to a stunning three-mile mangrove preserve, and featuring the 6,600 square-foot Mangrove Hall and a 250-capacity outdoor amphitheater. The West Park site also has open-air pavilions and grassy lawns that can be used for special events.
The social and entertainment hub is the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, a brick-paved thoroughfare ideal for recreation pursuits such as jogging, bicycling and roller-blading. For attendees who favor less strenuous activities, the restaurants, bistros and cafes framing the Broadwalk are excellent places to unwind after a day of intensive meetings.
Among the popular group activities in or near Hollywood include Gulfstream Park, where big-time horse racing is the draw; the Tropical Adventure Cruise, a 2.5-hour sightseeing cruise on the Atlantic Ocean aboard a 115-foot vessel; and guided Broadwalk excursions on the new second generation Segway i2 personal transporter.
For groups that want to incorporate a pre- or post-cruise, Hollywood is ideal. Seventeen cruise lines offering a variety of single and multi-day cruises serve Port Everglades, most of which is located in Hollywood. Major cruise lines sailing from the port include Carnival, Costa, Cunard, Disney, Radisson Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn and Silverseas.