Curio Collection Local Guide, Hollywood Florida

We sent Hollywood Florida local and photographer extraordinaire, Tola Osokoya to Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton to experience the beautiful property, shoot some awesome photos, and create a Curio Local Guide for Hollywood, Florida, full of tips and local secrets just for you. 

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How long have you lived in South Florida? Over 17 years

What is the best thing about South Florida? It has such a rich history and culture. Whether you come for the sunshine, the white sandy beaches with crystal clear water, the incredible food, or the notorious nightlife, South Florida is the place to get away and enjoy the vacation you will not soon forget.

Can you sum up Hollywood, FL? It is vibrant, has a great atmosphere and has very relaxing vibes. Nestled on the East coast between Miami and Ft Lauderdale it is centrally located giving you access to all South Florida has to offer. Right in the middle of it all is Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood. South Florida seems to be alive at any time of day or night, enticing you with its atmosphere that is unlike any other in the country.  It is warm, inviting and alluring with an ambiance of attainable luxury at your fingertips. South Florida is that friend you need. The one who is always ready for adventure, day or night, and all the while gives you that feeling that anything is possible at any moment.

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What are the people like in Hollywood, FL? The majority of people are warm and welcoming. The locals will tell you Hollywood is Florida’s best beach town. It’s a melting pot of rich culture.

What is a perfect day on Hollywood, FL? A long stroll on the boardwalk with no rain in sight. The weather would be a perfect 75 degrees with a cool summer evening breeze.

What was your impression of Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton? Elegant. Grand. Luxurious. Upon entering the hotel, you are immediately greeted by a grand lobby – complete with beautiful fountains, palm trees and soaring windows looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean.

What was your experience like staying at The Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton? From the moment you arrive it is easy to appreciate the outstanding service and attention to detail provided by a friendly and welcoming team who will ensure your stay a seamless retreat. Miles of golden sand and turquoise water of the Atlantic Ocean and striking views of the Intercostal Waterway confirm you are in the middle of a paradise. There is a myriad of activities that cater to all. You can simply relax on the beach or poolside, or plan an entire day filled with fun activities and delicious meals. This includes everything from on-property jet ski rentals to enjoying a massage at Diplomat Spa to enjoying a culinary adventure at Diplomat Prime – the resort’s AAA Four Diamond restaurant featuring award-winning steak and seafood menu. Water sports, golf and fishing are all at your fingertips during your stay. The hotel also boasts a one-of-a-kind, infinity-edge pool featuring a porthole with two waterfalls overflowing into a 240-foot lagoon pool. Just lay back and enjoy the view from a poolside cabana while enjoying refreshing libations from the Splash Poolside Grille & Bar.

Please describe a perfect day in Hollywood for someone staying at Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood? Why not head out and explore a bit of Hollywood, Florida? This historic beach town has one of the country’s best boardwalks. Enjoy a stroll beachside or cool down with a delicious ice cream while you shop for the perfect souvenir – all just steps from the resort. After the boardwalk, make sure to visit the Arts Park at Young Circle featuring interactive fountains designed by internationally acclaimed public artist Ritsuko Taho of Japan. Stay and enjoy a variety of cultural events at any time of the year. Continue your way through this lively town and head over to Aventura Mall for a great shopping experience. If you’re in search of a more high-end shopping experience there are the Shops at Bal Harbour. Enjoy a delectable meal at Makoto, one South Florida’s premier Japanese restaurants.

Now you are ready for a night out! Spend the night out on the town in one of the city’s best places for gaming and entertainment. The Village at Gulfstream Park is just three miles from Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood. Shop, dine, catch a live show or just try your luck on the races. Gulfstream Park will quickly become one of your favorite entertainment destinations in South Florida.




Hollywood, FL

Best place to eat?
Billy’s Stone Crab

Best place to shop?

Las Olas Blvd

Best activity?

Gulfstream Park

Local tip?

Never assume. The area is a melting pot of all cultures. The locals are friendly for the most part and always willing to give a helping hand. If all else fails you will always have the beach.

Where to stay?

Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton