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JOHN U LLOYD BEACH
John U Lloyd Beach State Park is located north of Hollywood off the A1A in Dania. It is named in honour of John Lloyd who was a lawyer who worked hard to obtain this area for the State Parks department.
Originally New River Sound was used by the Native Indians to access the Everglades since it linked the intra coastal waterway and the New River(Fort Lauderdale)
Nowadays, it is called Whiskey Creek to acknowledge the fact that the route was used during the prohibition to smuggle whiskey; just west of the park are the signs of the smugglers camp sites.
To sound a macabre note, this was also the site of the Murf the Smurf murders.
The beach is the centre of your visit here. There are a variety of boats, kayaks and canoes for hire and the mangrove waterway at Port Everglades inlet is a very pretty route with lots of bird spotting opportunities.
There are no fewer than 7 picnic pavilions plus several picnic tables scattered throughout the park. Top Tip; if you use the tables in the area that overlooks Port Everglades, you can watch the cruise liners while you eat your sandwich.
There is also a cafe at this park where you can buy some snacks and drinks and this is also where you would rent your boats and canoes.
Do not forget the nature trail whilst you are here; it takes you through the coastal hammock and hard wood forest. You may see a squirrel or raccoon here and you will certainly see some birds. This trail takes only about three quarters of an hour to complete. There is a man made wetland to the west of the park where they are re-introducing the red mangrove to the shoreline. This provides the perfect conditions for the breeding fish.
John U Lloyd beach plays host to 10, 000 baby turtles every year. If you visit during June or July, then you will be lucky since the rangers hold camp fire talks on wednesdays and fridays. You will hear a talk about the turtle, watch a slide show and take a guided beach walk. Phone 954 923 2833 to check the details.
If you have any time over, then nearby parks include Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and Hammock Botanical State Park.
John U. Lloyd Beach State Park
6503 N. Ocean Drive
Dania, Florida 33004
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