Florida Snapshots: Dania Beach Pier

You don't have to be a fisherman to appreciate the view


At fishing piers scattered along Florida’s southeastern coast, saltwater anglers can wet a line without having to wade into the surf or charter a boat. A favorite location in the Fort Lauderdale area is the Dania Beach Ocean Fishing Pier. Located just south of the John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, and a quick drive from the cruise ship terminals of Port Everglades, this structure stretches 800 feet offshore from the beach, giving land-bound fishermen an easy opportunity to reach deeper waters where the big fish swim.

No problem if you left your tackle at home, as you can rent fishing gear and buy bait on site. And so long as you are dangling a line from the pier, you don’t need a state fishing license. In addition to the tackle shop, the deck provides shaded benches, restrooms and cleaning tables. The pier is open from 6 a.m. to midnight, and it’s not just fishermen who come to walk over water. The view alone is worth the modest admission fee, and an evening stroll is a perfect complement to a meal at the adjacent Quarterdeck Restaurant.