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“Sleep, Dive, Eat, Dive and Sleep!” 4 of 5 stars
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Sands Harbor Hotel and Marina Pompano Beach
2.5 of 5 Resort   |   125 N Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach, FL 33062   |  
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Ranked #20 of 36 Hotels in Pompano Beach
New Paltz, New York
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“Sleep, Dive, Eat, Dive and Sleep!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2011

For over ten years I have been bringing Scuba Divers here to the Sands Harbor Resort and Scuba diving with Scubatyme. The convenience of a short drive from Fort Lauderdale Airport to Sands Harbor in Pompano Beach Florida, followed by a short walk to the Scubatyme dive Charters makes this a great place to take a long weekend and do lots of diving.

This year 9 divers did 12 dives in just three days, 3 on Friday, 5 on Saturday and 4 on Sunday. All of us dove with nitox and five of us did the Saturday night dive.

We eat at the hotels pool bar, "The Bearded Clam" just down the street and at Umberto's across the inter-coastal. All offered good food at reasonable prices.

This is Old Florida at its best, relaxing and fun.

We will be going back again. Thanks to Enzo and Amanda for making the diving so much fun.
Safe Diving,
Brad

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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cloe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2011

this was our first trip to the sands harbor but won't be the last. the property was older but very clean and the staff went above and beyond to make sure you were taken care of. if you're looking for a "happeing" place this is not it but if you want to relax this is the perfect place. and if you want things to do it is only about 15 minutes to ft. lauderdale with all kinds of things to do. the property is right on the intercoastal waterway with a nice patiobar/ pool/restraunt area food was very good there is also a nice restrauant to eat inside there. the beach is about 2 blocks away. rooms have a balcony with great views, it is a great value for the price we would definately recommend this place

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jacksonville, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2011

This is definitely an "Old Florida" kind of place. No spring breakers allowed, so any time visit will be quiet. You can sit on balcony and view the yachts go down the inter-coastal and there is small marina connected to hotel. Not really beach views or sunset views, but close. You will need to walk across huge parking lot and around a condo property to get to the beach. Beach is clean and wide with a mix of young and elderly sand lovers. The hotel has small bar that collect some locals with the quests. Very small pool, but relaxing. They attempt to keep the "old" property as clean as possible, and the staff very friendly to everyone. If they updated the rooms, which are surely in need, you would lose some of the charm and for sure increase the prices. The free breakfast was coffee, yogurt and packaged muffins. It "ain't South Beach" but close enough to sleep comfortable and take a leisurely drive to Miami sands anytime day you wish. If you are on of those folks checking out things in life's, such as "who owns the most toys or most expensive patio", take one of the inter-coastal tour boats, an interesting couple of hours.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2011

We came to SCUBA Dive and had a great time. Keep in mind that this property is part of "Old Florida" so it is "a bit tired" around the edges. At the outdoor bar, I talked with one couple who visit every year to remember their honeymoon here 48 years ago, they say it is the same. So yes it needs new carpet etc. but everything was in working order and everyone was very attentive, friendly and fun! Oh and the restaurant was good also with indoor and outdoor dining. The Pompano Dive shop is at the marina and they were great.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2011

First time there and planning to go again soon. It is close to everything! The hotel was clean, the staff could not have been better, and our stay was so relaxing. We tried to do it all, but one week is not enough. We had ages from 21- 52 and each of us thoroughly enjoyed this vacation.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rossiter, Pennsylvania
1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2011

Nice clean rooms, very friendly staff. Food extremely good. Best Tiki Bar ever! Great place for relaxing and spending time by the water enjoying the boats and yachts. Already planning a longer vacation here next year!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Punxsutawney, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2010

The Sands Hotel is located right along the intercoastal, right next to the draw bridge in Pompano Beach, FL. Every room has a balcony and you can sit outside look to the left and the ocean is two blocks away and look to the right and watch the boats go up and down the intercoastal waterway. It is an older hotel, but rooms are very clean and spacious. There is a patio bar and grill with a nice swimming pool and the boats pull right up and dock and stop for a drink or to eat. Food is delicious! There is also a very nice restaurant, Joe's connected to the hotel with excellent seafood. Moderately priced and worth it! U can walk to a few places from hotel but would recommend having a car. Fort Lauderdale is about 20 minutes south. Area is mostly condos so not a lot of activity around, but definitely fun at the patio bar! Best rum runner I have every had!! I go every year for the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival which is held one block away, and I would highly recommend to anyone to go during that week especially!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sands Harbor Hotel and Marina Pompano Beach

Address: 125 N Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach, FL 33062
Location: United States > Florida > Pompano Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 36 Hotels in Pompano Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sands Harbor Hotel and Marina Pompano Beach 2.5*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sands Harbor is the complete Florida resort that includes 3 popular restaurants and a full service marina with fishing charters, snorkel & scuba diving trips, small boat and jet ski rentals plus monthly boat trips to tour the historic Hillsboro lighthouse. A million dollar renovation was just completed in 2014 that includes many improvements to our Superior rooms, a beautiful new public lobby and more. Come enjoy the best waterfront views and the friendliest staff in beautiful Pompano Beach! ... more   less 
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