Named after the numerous deer that once roamed the area, Deerfield Beach overlooks the Atlantic Ocean on Florida’s tropical coast. It’s home to wildlife-rich remnant wetlands and a picturesque arboretum, as well as a historic lighthouse.
Things to do in Deerfield Beach
Visit the Deerfield Beach Arboretum, which boasts more than 200 different species of trees and palms from around the world. Follow the short walking trail that leads beneath its baobabs, sausage trees, ylang-ylang and Indian laurels, with butterflies, otters and ibis often spotted in the picturesque surrounds.
Want to see some of the most expensive beach homes in the United States? Make a day trip to Deerfield Beach Island and its southern town of Hillsboro Beach. In addition to the high-end real estate along the Hillsboro Mile, this charming town is home to the historic Hillsboro Inlet Light, built in 1907 to guide boats through the Florida Reef.
Travelling with kids? They can run wild at Sullivan Park, which overlooks the waterfront in Deerfield Beach. There are shaded playgrounds and a colourful splash pad to cool off during the summer months, as well as a covered picnic pavilion and dock where you can watch the boats.
Escape to the natural surrounds of Deerfield Island Park, where the wildlife-rich waters are best explored by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Wander along the short Coquina Trail that leads along the mangrove-lined shores to discover observation decks overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.
Getting around Deerfield Beach
Deerfield Beach is a 30-minute drive north of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and 20 minutes by train from downtown Fort Lauderdale. Roads connect to Deerfield Beach Island, while Deerfield Island Park is accessible by ferries on weekends.