About Deerfield Beach

Past Boca, Broward County's former spring break mecca of Fort Lauderdale anchors a string of smaller coastal towns -- Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Pompano Beach, Lauderdale by the Sea, Dania and Hollywood -- each of which has its own set of breaks. All of Broward's surf spots are within an hour-strike of each other, function under similar conditions, and are easy-to-hit off A1A. It's also the most populated and least surf-friendly stretch of South Florida. Deerfield Pier works best on strong southeast windswells, or during the brief easterly Providence Channel swells, a phenomenon that occurs mostly from hurricanes tracking toward the Bahamas with winds in just the right spot. North/northeast swells break at the pier as well, but they tend to be mushy. The Deerfield Pier is a popular spot and carries something of a local vibe. There is some metered parking along the waterfront. It costs $1/hour and more parking can be found on the side streets.

Source: Deerfield Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

All levels

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Pretty mellow overall.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy


Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Average surf for the most part and a go to spot during windswells for wind protection. Better spots around.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Breaks pretty close to the beach.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Water surprisingly clean being near such a populated area.

Additional Information


Watch crowds, man-of-war and sea lice.


Parking can be difficult when the beaches are crowded.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish


Sand but some patches of reef on the outside

Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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