Florida A1A Trail Leg #4: Deerfield
Beach – Fun Seaside Village
The city of 78,000 plus is named for the numerous deer that
once roamed the area but is now dominated by two legged creatures walking,
biking or driving. Deerfield
Village appears to be the natural product of a bend in A1A, a big beautiful
beach, a pier, a commercial grid studded with hotels, condos, restaurants,
smart shops and happy people in beachside cafes such as Flanigan’s and the
Whale’s Rib eating, drinking, or listening to beach music.
If planning to stay in the Deerfield Beach area, we
recommend the Wyndham Hotel that lords over the beach and village and places
the tourist at the juncture of the village, internationally popular beach, and
beloved pier. The hotel is comfortable
and attractive inside, the staff is very attentive, and the three restaurants
should satisfy a wide range of tastes and appetites.
Above picture is of the
Wyndham Hotel entrance.
The windstorm we encountered in the three previous
destinations followed us to Deerfield Beach and dogged us here too – sand was
blown off of the beach and piled up in drifts in Beach Road and had to be
cleared. Normally, on a warm
pretty day, the beach is filled with hundreds, even thousands of people, many
from all over the world. The beach
is a favorite of my own family and once heard a nephew call it thong
The pier splits the beach and is a haven for surfers trying
to catch waves breaking along both sides.
The beach on the north side of the pier may be even more popular than
the south side and is graced with a pretty stone walkway lined with fashionable
The venerable pier charges $1 admission to walk the
pier. Observe the same stormy
skies and waves in background that we saw in New Smyrna Beach two days earlier.
The walkway patio is usually teeming with patrons dining or
drinking – we sampled Ocean’s 234 and JB’s On the Beach right next door – both
are pretty good. We spent two days
in Deerfield Beach to visit with family and also explore the very attractive
and lively downtowns of Boca Raton and Delray Beach.
We left Deerfield Beach for our west coast A1A leg – Sanibel
and Captiva Island then St. Pete Beach and home to Atlanta.
We recommend the drive across the heart of south central
Florida; route 441 north to Highway 98 to State Road 27 North to State Road 80
West to Fort Myers and on to Sanibel Island. We encountered several cane field fires, three crop dusting
planes buzzing around in the sky, and a surprising cattle raising community
called Cowboy Way. Apparently
there is a little bit of Texas in always surprising Florida too.
End of Florida A1A Trail #4: Deerfield Beach; next, Florida
A1A Trail #5: Sanibel Island & St. Pete Beach – Two West Coast Havens.