Pompano Beach is a mecca for beach lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

South Florida’s balmy weather plus more than three-and-a-half miles of white, sandy beach are the star attractions of this seaside resort town. But pristine beaches aren’t the only reason to visit; there are beautiful parks, nature trails, championship golf and special events.

Next to sunbathing, boating and other beach activities, golfing is probably the number one land sport in town.  There are dozens of championship golf courses within a 30-minute drive to challenge every skill level. In fact, Pompano Beach itself boasts nine, 18-hole championship courses; two at the public Pompano Beach Golf Course ; five in North Pompano at the Palm Aire Country Club ; and two at Crystal Lake Country Club.

The Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach has superb deep sea sport-fishing charters. It is the closest marina to the Gulf Stream on the whole of the East Coast, only 6 minutes sailing to the start of deep water so that fishermen can get their lines out almost immediately instead of a slow passage through no-wake zones. Pompano is known worldwide for its most popular annual event, the Pompano Beach Fish Rodeo , where saltwater anglers compete and show off their skills. The resort town has another distinction: known as the “Winter Capital of Harness Racing,” Pompano Harness Track offers pulse-pounding horse racing and competitions throughout the year.

If the great outdoors is more to your liking, visit the Fern Forest Nature Park, a 254-acre Urban Wilderness Site that features the Cypress Boardwalk, an arboretum and the Prairie Overlook Trail, all great attractions for hiking and wildlife enthusiasts.