Groups seeking a quiet alternative away from action-packed Fort Lauderdale Beach consider Pompano Beach venues. One of south Florida's top vacation home markets, Pompano Beach, a city of 105,000 residents that is 10 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, is a quiet beach town that attracts an additional 50,000 residents during the September through March high season. With its small-town ambiance, excellent family-friendly beaches and world-class sport fishing, Pompano Beach also benefits groups by being within minutes of Miami area nightclubs and the Las Olas entertainment district.
Pompano Beach's closest airport is Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, which is 12 miles away; the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center is 11 miles away.
While hotel venues in Pompano Beach have somewhat limited meeting space, two small group options are the 143-room Beachcomber Resort & Villas with 1,066 square feet of meeting space and the 88-suite Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale/Pompano Beach with 2,553 square feet of meeting space. There are several amenity-laden oceanfront condominium/resort properties in town with little or no meeting space, and groups also have access to meeting-oriented properties in communities less than a ten-minute drive such as Coral Springs, Lauderdale-By-The Sea and Deerfield Beach.
Dining venues in Pompano Beach that specialize in group meal functions include the U.S. Steakhouse at The Ocean Point Resort, which can accommodate up 1,000 in an outdoor reception area, and Galuppi's, with space for up to 200 guests in its banquet rooms.
Off-site special event venues in Pompano Beach include yachts, golf and tennis clubs, restaurants, and attractions. For something decidedly different, Butterfly World, a park with over 5,000 butterflies (amid a natural rain forest environment with flowers, trees and a waterfall), can accommodate groups up to 40 for a banquet or reception. Butterfly World's other features include an English Rose Garden and Lorikeet Encounter, where visitors can feed the unique birds by hand.
The recreational epicenter of Pompano Beach is the Isle Casino/Racing Pompano Park featuring a casino with 1,500 slots, 38 poker tables, 4 restaurants and racing amenities that include a high-tech sports bar and wagering area overlooking the track. There is live racing for March through December and simulcast racing year-round. For shoppers, the Pompano Square Mall, anchored by Sears, JC Penney, and Dillard's, has over 60 specialty shops and restaurants. History buffs will enjoy the walking tours offered periodically by the Pompano Beach Historical Society.