What to do in John U. Lloyd Beach State Park

The park was named in memory of the late John U. Lloyd, Broward County's attorney for more than 30 years, who was instrumental in acquiring the first piece of property that eventually became this park. It is located adjacent to busy Port Everglades and is being preserved by the Florida Park Service. This beautiful natural resource was nearly destroyed. When driving on the beach was banned, sand dunes, anchored by sea oats and other rare beach plants, began to reform.

John U. Lloyd Beach is 253 acres of barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, from Port Everglades on the north to Dania on the south. Its natural setting contrasts sharply with the urban development of Ft. Lauderdale.

Inland are stands of subtropical coastal hammock that may be viewed along a leisurely 45-minute self-guided trail. Nonnative plants are regularly removed from this area. Removing these "exotics," such as Brazilian pepper and Australian pine, is a long-term process throughout the park.

On the west side of the park, along the Intracoastal Waterway, a man made wetland is bringing back red mangroves to the shore. The mangroves not only screen the view but also provide a rich nursery ground for fish and other sea life. The wetland is a mitigation site to replace wetlands destroyed by Port expansion in 1989.

Shaded picnic areas are located along the beach. Limited picnic supplies, cold drinks, snacks, as well as bait and rental canoes are available at the concession stand.

A tidal waterway, called New River Sound or Whiskey Creek, divides the park along its length. It is a protected zone for the endangered manatee and a great variety of other marine life. The mangrove-lined waterway is a scenic place to canoe, observe birdlife and take photographs.

Visitors to John U. Lloyd Beach State Recreation Area will find day use recreation including surf fishing, boating, canoeing, sunbathing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, hiking, and picnicking. A ranger-led nature talks educates citizens about nesting sea turtles.

John U. Lloyd State Park is located in Dania, off A1A. (Dania is just minutes south of Fort Lauderdale.)

Southern Florida lies within a subtropical climate. It is usually hot and humid in the summer with brief afternoon thundershowers. It is not unusual for temperatures to exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit with averages reaching above 83 degrees Fahrenheit (above 29 Celsius). Winters are mild and dry with temperatures averaging above 64 degrees Fahrenheit (above 18 Celsius). The average precipitation for the southeast area is more than 60 inches per year. The powerful rays of the sun make it a good idea to wear hats and sunglasses along with using a SPF-15 (or above) sunscreen when planning outdoor activities.

6503 North Ocean Drive
Dania, FL 33004

Phone: 954-923-2833

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