Boca Raton Florida is a wealthy coastal resort community that can be found about 40 miles north of Miami and just 25 miles south of West Palm Beach. A day at the beach here is hardly something to find fault with, and if you like to shop, Boca Raton vacations are for you. Specialty shops abound in Boca Raton Florida, and the range of restaurants is almost equally as impressive. Shopping and dining figure among the top things to do in Boca Raton Beach, as does relaxing on the sand. The Boca Raton beaches are among the most popular in the area, and while they can get crowded from time to time, they are rarely ever too busy. If you have room in the budget for an upscale beach getaway in Palm Beach County, Boca Raton vacations can be ideal. For those who want to save on lodging rates, staying in nearby cities like Delray Beach is the better way to go.
Of all the Boca Raton attractions, it's arguably the beaches that take top honors. Two of Palm Beach County's best beach parks can be found in Boca Raton, and they include South Beach Park and Spanish River Park Beach. The 25-acre South Beach Park can be found at 400 N. Ocean Blvd. It boasts 1,670 feet of beach and an attractive picnic area. Both the beach and the picnic areas feature public restrooms and showers. Barbecue grills and tables are available at the picnic area if you need them. Lifeguards are on duty on a daily basis at South Beach Park between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. As for Spanish River Park Beach, it makes the South Beach Park seem small with its 95 acres. In addition to a half-mile-long beach, this inviting park also features a large grassy area that is ideal for picnics. Hiking along the nature trails is a joy at Spanish River Park Beach, and there's even a 40-foot observation tower here that affords stunning views of the area.
South Beach Park and Spanish River Park Beach are great places to go if you want to hang out at a beautiful beach on Boca Raton vacations, but you will have to pay a fee to enjoy them. The fees are reasonable at these beach parks, as you'll enjoy plenty of excellent amenities. You'll also enjoy a fine array of amenities at Red Reef Park, which is another good place to visit if hitting the beach is your aim. This 67-acre oceanfront park offers some fantastic snorkeling opportunities, and like the other beach parks, you can also do some surf fishing here. Surf fishing involves casting your lines from a designated beach area, and you won't need a fishing license to enjoy it.
When you're not enjoying some time on a well-manicured Boca Raton beach, the upscale shopping opportunities can keep you busy. Mizner Park, which is a sleek outdoor mall, is one of the best Boca Raton attractions for shoppers, and it's also one of the top places in town to see and be seen. It's not uncommon for flashy sports cars and luxury sedans to be parked at Mizner Park, and the more than 40 specialty shops are often filled with flashy shoppers. In addition to hip specialty shops, this beautifully-landscaped shopping district also features a collection of excellent restaurants, an amphitheater, a cinema complex, and the Boca Raton Museum of Art. The relatively small Boca Raton Museum of Art boasts a good permanent collection that includes works by such European greats as Matisse and Picasso.
There are many great shopping areas in Boca Raton Florida, so you can definitely shop until you drop when you're not hanging out at the beach in this upscale resort community. The beaches and shops aren't the only Boca Raton attractions, however, and if you have the time, you'll not only want to visit the Boca Raton Museum of Art, but the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens as well. The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens offers insight into the Japanese agricultural community that was established in Boca Raton in 1905, and it also offers a breathtaking garden full of junipers, miniature maples, and Australian pines. After your nearly mile-long walk through the gardens, you might stop at the Asian-inspired café to enjoy some lunch. As for other Boca Raton attractions that might interest you, they include the Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex and the Daggerwing Nature Center. The former is a forest island that nature lovers will fall in love with, while the latter is a swampy retreat that birdwatching enthusiasts won't want to miss.
It's not all about the beaches in Boca Raton. It's also about the shopping, the dining, and the wonderful nature retreats. Don't forget about golf and scuba diving, which are two other activities that can be thoroughly enjoyed on Boca Raton vacatoins. Should the more expensive or private courses be out of the question, you can always treat yourself to a rewarding round of golf at the Boca Raton Municipal Golf Course. As for scuba diving, the Moray Bend reef is one of the most popular destinations. It can be found less than a mile away from the Boca Inlet.
You don't have to stay at one of the expensive Boca Raton hotels if you want to enjoy everything that this relatively large Palm Beach County city has to offer. Should you want to base yourself here for a while, however, the landmark Boca Raton Resort & Club is worth checking out, as are the Sundy House and Crane's Beach House. Budget hotels are hard to find here, but there are cheaper lodging options in the immediate area if you want to save on accommodation rates on your beach vacation to Boca Raton.