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The Ultimate Guide to the Outdoors and Environment in Broward, Collier, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties.
   
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John U. Lloyd State Park
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6503 North Ocean Drive
Dania Beach

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The dominant species at John U. Lloyd State Park is Homo sapien. People. The park is packed with beach goers, boaters, anglers, picnickers, bicyclists and others just having a good time. Just to the north of the park is Port Everglades, with its massive cruise ships heading out to sea. It has its quiet spots, including an overlook at a manatee preserve, but this is not wild, open spaces.

John U. Lloyd occupies about two miles of barrier island, bordered on the west by the Intracoastal and on the east by the Atlantic. The beach is narrow but it does draw its share of shore birds. We even spotted a loggerhead shrike along the beach, probably drawn to the area by the barbed wire-topped fence that separates the park from the adjacent Coast Guard station.

There's plenty of parking, generally speaking. The north end of the park, which features a jetty and boardwalk along with picnic pavilions and beach, was packed when visited (a Sunday afternoon in March). Other lots, however were empty. The park has plenty of restrooms, a restaurant, a environmental education center and a short nature trail.


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