Dania Beach Pier: What to See & Do, How to Get There, and FAQ

Want to add an on-shore fishing adventure to your South Florida trip? Head down to Dania Beach Pier. Located between Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, the 974-foot fishing pier is a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike.

If you’re looking to reel in the catch of the day, there’s plenty of opportunity at Dania Beach Pier. Bring your own fishing gear or rent all the equipment you need at the nearby bait shop. For a small fee of just $4, you’ll be able to reel a variety of local Floridan fish species, including snapper, grouper, bluefish, and snook.

Fishing Pier

Even if you’re not interested in fishing, you’ll find plenty to do around the pier. For a small $1.50 fee, you can walk out onto the pier and enjoy picturesque views over the Atlantic Ocean and along Dania Beach, one of the most popular beaches around Fort Lauderdale. As you peer unto the ocean, keep on the lookout for marine life like barracuda, stingrays, and—if you’re lucky—a shark or two!


Built up an appetite? One of the best things to do in Dania Beach is to settle down for a meal at Quarterdeck. Located on the pier, the popular restaurant offers a ton of delectable seafood dishes, including fresh sushi. If you’re not into fish, the restaurant also serves delicious BBQ ribs, burgers, and pasta dishes. Wash your meal down with Quarterdeck’s wide selection of craft beer and delightful craft cocktails as you peer out onto the crystal-clear water.

How to get there

Dania Beach Pier is located in the town of Dania Beach between Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. From Fort Lauderdale, it’s approximately a 20-minute drive via US-1 S and Hwy A1A E. From Hollywood, it’s about 16 minutes to the pier via US-1 N and Hwy A1A E. There’s plenty of metered parking available near the fishing pier.

By public transportation, take Broward County Public Transit to Dania Beach B/Gulfstream R. From here, it’s a quick 5-minute walk to the fishing pier.

Frequently asked questions

How long is Dania Beach Pier?

Dania Beach Pier is 964 feet (297 meters) long.

When is Dania Beach Pier open?

Dania Beach Pier is open daily between 6 am and 11 pm. The best time to fish at the pier is in the early morning hours or in the late afternoon. If you don't want to deal with heavy crowds, avoid visiting on weekends and public holidays.

Do you need a fishing license to fish at Dania Beach Pier?

No, you do not need a Florida fishing license to fish at Dania Beach Pier. Anglers will, however, have to pay $4 for a fishing day pass.

What fish can you catch at Dania Beach Pier?

The most common fish caught at Dania Beach Pier include mutton snapper, Spanish mackerel, common snook, mangrove snapper, bluefish, and dolphinfish.

How much is admission to Dania Beach Pier?

Daily admission to Dania Beach Pier is $4 for fishing and $1.50 for sightseeing.


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