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Hollywood, Florida

A coastal city of 125,689 residents located in Broward County. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport abuts the city, while Port Everglades, the second busiest cruise port in the world, is partially within its municipal boundaries.

Unique to Hollywood is the location of the Seminole Indian Reservation a politically independent entity, within the corporate limits of the city.

In 1971, Hollywood was the site of the "Pageant of the Unconquered Seminoles" which drew the attendance of Native Americans from across the United States.

In recent years, Hollywood has continued to add luster to its reputation as the Diamond of the Gold Coast with the opening of the Anne Kolb Nature Center located in Hollywood's West Lake Tract. The center boasts over 1,500 acres of mangrove preserves and is the site of a protected bird rookery and sanctuary as well as a fish nursery ground. Downtown Hollywood sets the scene with its quaint brick-lined sidewalks for a unique assortment of shops, bistros, sidewalk cafes, art galleries and a variety of entertainment and special events.

SunTrust Street Beat: downtown Hollywood's SunTrust Street Beat, held on the first and third Friday of each month, combines great food, South Florida's beautiful weather and an electric blend of live music from national and local acts. The vibrant outdoor festival is free to the public and takes place from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. From Thai to tacos, coffee to confections, Downtown Hollywood has a vast variety of eateries that are sure to satisfy any palette.

As always, downtown Hollywood features ample parking and a seasonal trolley which runs every thirty minutes between the beach and Downtown.

The historic downtown arts district along Harrison Street and the Hollywood Art & Culture Center have become centers of activity in the cultural arts and entertainment communities of South Florida.

The most international of South Florida beaches, Hollywood Beach is the social center of the city's six miles of sun-drenched sand. Hollywood Beach - rated Florida's best beach - sparkles with family fun and that's only the beginning. Mile after mile of glistening shoreline, more than 3,000 hours of annual sunshine, friendly residents and a crystal-clear, aquamarine ocean are the assets that make Hollywood one of the most desirable family vacation spots anywhere.

On Hollywood's North Beach, nature is nestled among sand dunes and tall strands of sea grass that serve as a sea turtle hatchery. This area is carefully nurtured to ensure its preservation as a natural treasure. This relatively untouched beach is a haven for shell seekers, families and ecologists alike. The gritty, shell-laced sand is lined by native vegetation,and on the north end by private homes.

Hollywood Broadwalk,the public beach in Hollywood consists of 2.5 mile stretch and 27 foot wide promenade for walkers, joggers, rollerbladers and bicyclists. And especially people-watchers! You can hear, taste and see the world in just one visit. Lots of charming cafes, restaurants and shops.

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