Hotel at a Glance: Ocean Drive Villas Hotel
Ocean Drive Villas Hotel takes the stress out of planning a vacation by offering spacious guest rooms and houses less than half a mile from the beach. It takes just 100 steps (about a three-minute walk) to reach the palm-studded white sand bordering the sparkling blue ocean.
- Relax on one of the comfy blue chairs on the shady patio.
- Cook up a meal in the fully stocked kitchen of an efficiency or beach home.
- Lights, camera, action: Actor Jim Belushi filmed scenes from his movie A Change of Heart in one of the hotel’s rooms.
- Take a stroll down the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk to explore shops and restaurants while enjoying gentle ocean breezes.
Hollywood, Florida: Quiet Coastal Town with Beachfront Boardwalk
Hollywood is situated just a few miles south of Fort Lauderdale and about a half hour drive north of Miami, but it’s quite a bit more relaxed than both. The town’s beach boardwalk—named one of the country’s best by Travel + Leisure—stretches alongside the Atlantic Ocean for 2.5 miles, attracting joggers, bicyclists, and shoppers. To get to the boardwalk from downtown, hop aboard the old-timey trolley that makes runs to the beach Wednesday–Sunday. Other Hollywood attractions include the Anne Kolb Nature Center, a 1,500-acre wetland where you can kayak through tidal channels or take walking trails through red-mangrove forests.
The tempo picks up in neighboring Fort Lauderdale, a city famous for its beaches and boats. During the day, water taxis cruise the Intracoastal Waterway, offering up-close views of waterfront mansions and anchored yachts. At night, hit up the upscale bars and restaurants on Las Olas Boulevard.