It’s only a short drive from the beach. And when you approach Easterlin Park you’ll wonder where on earth you are going. You’ll drive along a built-up road and underneath the busy I95. Surely there can’t be an area of parkland in this very urban setting?

But yes, as soon as you drive into the park, you’ll see that the busy roads, the strip malls and the heavy traffic will seem to be in another world. (Note too that there is no entrance fee to the park, except on weekends and holiday and even then it is a very respectable $1.50 per person).

The park though, is amazing. I know that the phrase ‘stepping back in time’ is one of the most overworked, ever. But that’s all my brain can come up with at the moment. This is Florida as it was before we came along.

There are all the features you’d expect from a park – picnic areas, camping facilities and so on – but if you prefer to ignore those you’ll realise why the park is a Designated Urban Wilderness. 

I wish that I could show you the video below in reverse. As soon as you leave the park you can see the school bus depot and a lot of powerlines. You cross the railway lines and you’re soon into the hustle and rather ugly bustle of modern Fort Lauderdale life.



Easterlin Park

1000 NW 38th St,
Oakland Park,
FL 33309,




JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.

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