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Place Category: Beach Towns
One of the most popular among the beaches on Florida’s Atlantic Coast is Boca Raton. This city is located at the southernmost tip of Palm Beach County. The city is a paradise for many outdoor and beach lovers. Different sights and activities await you at the heart of this epic beach city.
The first occupants of this city are Native Americans of the Tequesta tribe. During the European Settlement, Spanish Voyagers called an area in Florida which is the present-day Biscayne Bay, “Boca de Ratones”. However, mapmakers moved the location further north and began referring to the city as Boca Raton. During the land boom in 1920, investors were interested to create a resort city in the area. Ritz-Carlton Cloister Inn – later renamed to Boca Raton Resort and Club was constructed here in 1926.
In 1904, Japanese farmers created the Yamato Colony, there farmed pineapples in the area, however, due to a blight that destroyed their plantations many of these farmers were forced to return to Japan in 1920. Today, the city has become one of the most visited cities in the State. It has expanded to an epic scale with additional neighborhoods, a new business district, and so much more.
Attractions in Boca Raton
Check out Nature Centers – There are two nature centers in the city, they are small but you can see what it offers for free. Check out Gumbo Limbo Nature Center for exhibits that features some of South Florida’s natural flora and fauna. You can also check the Daggerwing Nature Center, this center is located within Coconut Cove Park they offer a nice boardwalk where you will enjoy bird watching and art exhibits.
Check out Museums – You will find several museums in the area. Some of the most notable are Boca Raton Museum of Art, located near the Count de Hoenle Amphitheater in Mizner Park, Boca Raton Children’s Museum, and Children’s Science Explorium.
Swim and Enjoy the Beaches – Boca Raton beaches are typically open from sunrise to sundown. Beaches here are beautiful with a golden hue, and the amazing waves make it a surfer’s haven. Check out some of the best beaches including Red Reef Park, Spanish River Beach, South Inlet Park, and South Beach.
Visit the Parks – For some relaxation and fun, check out Boca Raton’s parks. Parks in the city are well-maintained with clean amenities that you can use all day. Public parks include Countess de Hoernle Park, Patch Reef Park, James A. Rutherford Park, Sugar Sand Park, South County Regional Park, and Tim Huxhold Skate Park.
Visit Universities and Colleges – In the past years, Boca Raton has become a growing college town. Several universities and colleges are found in the city. Check out campuses of Florida Atlantic University, Lynn University, Palm Beach State College, and Digital Media Arts College.
Try Live Sports – Boca Raton is a big city offering live team sports experience for those who are interested in this type of activity. Catch a game in The Burrow, an on-campus basketball arena for the Florida Atlantic University. FAU Stadium in the meantime hosts the Division I college football games from August to December. You can also check Florida Launch to watch professional men’s lacrosse.
How To Get There
Boca Raton is served by at least three airports including Fort Lauderdale International Airport about 20 miles south of Boca Raton. Palm Beach International Airport located about 20 miles north of Boca. Finally, Miami International Airport about 45 miles away.
If you are driving to Florida, take Interstate 95. Boca Raton has four exits including, Glades Road, Yamato Road, Palmetto Park Road, and Congress Avenue.