City Profile: Deerfield Beach

By: VISIT FLORIDA staff

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Deerfield Beach has grown into a thriving beach-side community.

Deerfield Beach was one of the original Hillsboro River communities that began to flourish in the late 19th century, and the city acquired its name from the deer that would graze near the river.

After Henry Flagler completed his Florida East Coast Railroad in the spring of 1896, new conduits for transporting fruits, vegetables and cattle sparked a commercial boom that increased the number of settlers as well as their quality of life. By the 1940s, the city had grown to over two thousand people and the city government and local organizations began to build scenic picnic areas, boat ramps, tennis courts and baseball parks. The economy slowly moved away from agricultural development toward tourism as vacationers began spreading the word about Deerfield's pristine "Gold Coast" beaches.

Today, Deerfield Beach has more than 75,000 residents who enjoy plentiful parks, open space, a pristine one-mile stretch of  beach and a 920-foot fishing pier. Shell collectors will certainly have their hands full exploring the 3,000 feet of Deerfield's publicly available shore and surf, with its deep sand and sandy nooks. Those interested in taking a walking tour through undisturbed wildlife will have a relaxing and educational trek through Deerfield Island Park, which is only accessible by boat.

Deerfield Beach is a relaxing beachfront community perfect for a weekend beach getaway with plenty of activities for kids, from watersports to outdoor activities to natural excursions.

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