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 heaven. 


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 cafes. 

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.