Dania Beach is a classy South Florida city that has a population of about 31,000. This thriving community within Broward County is considered a part of the South Florida metropolitan area, which is home to nearly 6.7 million residents.
The charming Dania Beach community boasts the largest Jai Alai frontons in the country, known as Dania Jai-Alai. This sport involves bouncing a ball off a walled space at very high speeds. Another claim to fame in Dania Beach? A flagship Bass Pro Shop and the adjacent IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum. Dania Beach is also the site of the Boomers amusement park, which was formerly known as Grand Prix Race-O-Rama.
Get Outside and Explore Dania Beach
As previously mentioned, Dania Beach is home to a number of popular South Florida landmarks, including the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum and Dania Jai-Alai. This community is also conveniently situated next to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, making traveling easy for residents.
Residents can find national retailers, including HomeGoods and Golfsmith, at Oakwood Plaza shopping center. Along FL-5 are smaller boutiques, antique stores, and professional services.
Unique restaurants are sprinkled throughout the Dania Beach area, offering everything from fresh seafood at upscale dining establishments to Italian favorites in casual settings.
Craving an outdoor adventure? Dania Beach is conveniently located near a number of outdoor parks, such as Anne Kolb Nature Center, Griffin Park, and Tiger Tail Lake Park.
Dania Beach's Intriguing History
Dania Beach was originally incorporated into Broward County in the 1880s, making it older than many other communities in South Florida, including neighboring Hollywood. Beginning as a settlement called Modello, the community was home to many residents of Danish ancestry, who later changed the town’s name to Dania. In 1999, the community officially changed its name to Dania Beach to emphasize its proximity to the water.
Dania Beach grew in 2001 when it annexed several unincorporated areas of Broward County, which also helped increase its population and today, the 6.31-square-mile community is an exceptional community with a robust job market. For instance, Sun Air International is headquartered in Dania Beach, as is the American Maritime Officers and Alec Bradley Cigar Co., which makes hand-rolled cigars, is also headquartered there.
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