Boca Raton, familiarly known to locals by its first name “Boca,” truly has it all. Beaches and golf courses; fine hotels and wondrous art museums, jazz clubs and concerts at Mizner Park; the glittery Town Center at Boca Raton shopping mall, with 220 upscale and elite specialty shops; and, elsewhere around town, countless family-owned boutiques. And let’s not forget fine restaurants, some of the best in the south. After all, Boca is located in The Palm Beach and, more to the point, in the heart of Florida’s Atlantic Ocean Coast. Boca Raton Beach Vacations is an ideal way to enjoy the wonderful beaches of Florida. Visit the beautiful beaches of Florida’s east coast here.
Boca Raton Weather – When to Visit
The best time to visit Boca Raton is in the fall or winter when temperatures are comfortable. Fall (September to November) is the city’s off season, offering the lowest prices on accommodations – which is also the Atlantic hurricane season running from June to November. The winter months (January to March) are usually crowded with snowbirds and is the most expensive time to visit. Summers are rainy, hot and humid thanks to the unpredictable hurricane season.
Boca Raton Attractions
Spanish River Park
Go up the 40-foot observation tower to see why nature spent a little more time making this park leafy and wild. Try the well-shaded nature trails or go into the tunnels under Boca Raton’s Ocean Boulevard, lead you to a golden beach with nothing but sand dunes and surfers to distract you. Snag a table under the lush canopy of banyan trees.
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Founded in 1984, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is a unique cooperative project of the City of Boca Raton, Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and Friends of Gumbo Limbo. Receive valuable environmental education while enjoying respite from the city bustle. As a beacon for environmental education, research, and conservation, Gumbo Limbo’s 20 acres of protected barrier island not only provides refuge to many varieties of plants and animals – some rare or endangered – but represents a commitment to protect natural resources.
Red Reef Park
Red Reef Park is a 67-acre ocean-front park, including the 20-acre Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex. There is picnicking here and the picnic area of the Park is equipped with grills, tables and restrooms. Facilities are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is swimming and access to the beach and the Atlantic Ocean is available from designated locations within the Park. Lifeguards are on duty year round from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Snorkeling is a popular leisure activity at the south end of Red Reef Park. Snorkel the unique rock and reef outcroppings near the offshore area. Surf fishing is one of the favorite pastimes of many Park visitors. The nature walks and heavily foliated areas are favorite places for a wide variety of small birds. On occasion, larger and more spectacular web-footed birds are observed on the ocean side of the Park.
One of the landmarks in Boca Raton and the primary community gathering place, Mizner Park was designed by architect Addison Mizner and reflects his love of Mediterranean architecture. This centrally located park is home to the Boca Raton Museum of Art, an outdoor amphitheater, a movie theater complex, and a wide variety of high-end department stores, designer boutiques and eateries.
Sugar Sand Park
The 132-acre Sugar Sand Park is a family favorite, featuring an array of amenities for both children and adults. Little ones can burn off some energy at the playground, water park, carousel or interactive Children’s Science Explorium, while adults enjoy the athletic courts, full gym and nature trails. The entire family will enjoy shows at the Willow Theater and extensive picnic facilities.
Things to Do in Boca Raton
Hydroflight is an indescribable feeling and continues to grow as a sport world wide. Ride their super cool water jet pack, their Flyboard instructors will have you flying high and diving deep in no time! It may look hard, but Flyboarding is actually a lot easier than it looks. The learning curve is not steep at all, and they guarantee to have you flying within minutes. Book your flight today and find out what the Hype is all about! Telephone: 561-405-8866 Web: Boca FlyBoard.
Boca Boat Adventures
Boca Boat Adventures offers the only private speed boat tours & excursions in and around beautiful Boca Raton. They specialize in private, very personal, small group tours for up to 6 guests, allowing for a far more intimate touring experience. You will be treated to the very best views of the famous Boca Club & Resort, the many stunning waterfront mansions & homes that line the shores, beautiful Lake Boca, and their lovely waterfront parks. Views that you just can’t experience from land. Simply put… It’s a great way to spend quality time with family and friends! Telephone: 561-406-9905 Web: Boca Boat Adventures.
World of Scuba
South Florida has world class scuba diving, and World of Scuba has been scuba diving in Florida since 1971. The best scuba diving in Florida starts in Jupiter, and runs south to Miami. World of Scuba has a diving and snorkeling center strategically located in Boca Raton to serve you and your access to the most incredible reefs and wrecks in Florida. Ask them about free and easy beach diving. They will give you all the local tips on how to dive like a local and how to find some of the best places to go scuba diving in Florida. Telephone: 561-368-2155 Web: World of Scuba.
Boca Raton Airboat Rides
They provide air boat rides leaving from Boca Raton Fl. Everglades air boat tours are the best way to see the famous river of grass on a private air boat tour in Florida. Encounter the famous American Alligator, numerous reptiles, birds and some of Florida’s seven species of turtles all in the Everglades on your tour. Telephone: 561-252-4030 Web: Boca Raton Airboat Rides
Private air boat tours in the South Florida Everglades for small or large groups. Take a guided tour on a fast paced air boat ride to see, learn and experience the plants, birds and alligators that make the Everglades their home. Most rides are about two hours and your guide will explain in detail the history, biology and entertaining facts about this diverse ecosystem. Telephone: 561-563-4165 Web: Florida Airboating
Best Boca Raton Restaurants
Tucci’s Fire N Coal Pizza $11 – 30
Everyone loves pizza, but not every restaurant can make pizza the right way. At Tucci’s Pizza, they offer the most delicious wood fired pizza Boca Raton has to offer! Their TripAdvisor ranking of top ten restaurants in Boca Raton is proof of that! Not only will you enjoy the perfect flavor of the various meats, fresh cheeses, and delicious crust, but you will also enjoy the coal fired taste that makes them unique! Whether you decide to go in alone and enjoy something for lunch, or you want to take your friends and family out for dinner, they have a full menu of many tasty items that will suit anyone’s palate! Telephone: 561-620-2930 Web: Tucci’s Fire N Coal Pizza.
True $11 – 30
The menu at True focuses on authentic food inspired by Frank’s Charm City Childhood. In addition to daily specials and homemade desserts, signature entrees include Maryland-style lump crab cakes, slow-roasted beef brisket, and farmhouse chicken. Every wine bottle at Trues showcases a number of undiscovered, not to mention reasonably priced gems. And at True, craft beer is king! The place is cozy and eclectic, offering a wine bar and seating for 35. You can also choose to sit on the umbrella-covered patio. Telephone: 844-304-5123 Web: True.
Twenty Twenty Grille $11 30
Twenty Twenty Grille in Royal Palms Place of Boca Raton, Florida has the menu that goes far beyond Contemporary American Cuisine, it is a true Culinary Fusion of International classics and Modern food Art. World Famous, Internationally Awarded Chef Ron Weisheit uses Organic Farm-Raised Produce artfully transforming it into Delicious Masterpieces of Modern American Cuisine. If you want to enjoy an excellency in culinary art and elevate your Fine Dining experience to a romantic soiree under the stars in their new boutique garden restaurant in Royal Palms Place in Boca Raton you have to come in and have an evening to remember with finest and most unique modern cuisine. Telephone: 561-990-7969 Web: Twenty Twenty Grille
Patio Tapas and Beer $11 – 30
Bryant Fajardo is the owner and chef of Patio Tapas and Beer. A graduate from Le Cordon Bleu in Los Angeles, Bryant’s culinary skills were further developed by working with, and learning from, some of the best chefs in the industry, including Chef Walter Menzke, owner of Republiquela rated by TIME Magazine as one of the 11 best new restaurants in the world! Another big mentor for Bryant, was Chef Jose Andres, owner of Bazaar Restaurant. While working for Chef Jose Andres in Los Angeles, and later Miami Beach, Bryant discovered his love for the Spanish cuisine. With Patio Tapas and Beer, Bryant dedicates himself to be a meticulous, self-disciplined, and hard-working chef. His creativity and the best quality plates will be presented to his guests in both a traditional and modern Spanish cuisine, all in a relaxed, sophisticated, upscale European style atmosphere! Telephone: 561-419-7239 Web: Patio Tapas and Beer.
Farmer’s Table $11 – 30
Now you can recreate your favorite Farmer’s Table meals from the comfort of your own kitchen, or enjoy a simple, deliciously prepared meal on the go with Farmer’s Table Express! Select from a variety of salads, sandwiches and snacks on the go, along with vacuum sealed meals that are simple and fast to prepare! Just next door to Farmer’s Table. Enjoy the satisfaction of eating healthy ready-made meals without having to spend hours preparing. Sustainable, fresh and clean, their meals are made with your health and the environment in mind. Vegan, vegetarian and Gluten-Free options are available. Telephone: 561-417-5836 Web: Farmer’s Table.
Best Boca Raton Bars
Pat’s Wine Bar & Grill
Wide selection of wines from all over the world! Delicious small plates to choose from AND fantastic entrée specials created by Pat himself! Established in 2015 with a brand new wine bar in Royal Palm Plaza in the heart of beautiful Boca Raton. Telephone: 561-430-5352 Web: Pat’s Wine Bar & Grill
The Lion & Eagle Pub
For 6 years locals have joined together at Lion & Eagle Pub to slow down and recharge after a long day in the busy world . This is the heart of the intimate Boca community. A warmth encompasses their walls, and as when you walk through you feel as though you have known these friends for years. Smiles and laughs fill the rooms, flowing out onto the patio where every Wednesday and Thursday night you’ll hear the energized live music of Keith Aherne and Keith Michaud. It just happens to be exactly what you need to get through the rest of the week. This isn’t just about having superior craft beer and the best fish and chips in town, it’s about family. Join them, grab a pint of gat, watch the game, hear some great music, and share loads of laughs with friends you will call family. You will know what it means to have a home away from home. Telephone: 561-447-7707 Web: The Lion & Eagle Pub.
Kahuna Bar & Grill
A great local beach bar directly across the street from the ocean. They are often the most exciting place to be in Deerfield Beach. Their food, music and atmosphere is always lively. Kahuna’s has grown to become an institution in Deerfield Beach for three reasons: The salt air flowing from right across the street, it’s tropical setting; great cuisine and cocktails and live music from some of the most entertaining names in South Florida. Kahuna’s is an open-air restaurant and bar with woven tiki hut feel, and ocean breezes calming the soul. The team maintains a laid-back, island atmosphere where everyone is welcome. Telephone: 954-725-0244 Web: Kahuna Bar & Grill.
The Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery
The experience begins with the atmosphere, a light smell of flavored shisha drifts through the air, tons of soft pillows, comfortable couches, warm earthy colors, excellent music, great lighting, amazing artwork created by local artists and most importantly a very positive vibe from the friendly regulars. Once you have found a place to relax you will be blown away by the menu. They brew their own beer, offer over 40 loose leaf teas, over 40 different flavors of shisha for the hookahs, 110 of the best craft beers they could find, a great wine selection, various mixed drinks, Kava by the shell, delicious snacks including fresh made hummus, outrageous desserts, and microbrewed sodas. The experience is not over, don’t forget about the live entertainment. Telephone: 561-368-4643 Web: The Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery.
New York Prime
This wildly popular steakhouse with swift, professional service, a classy supper club ambiance and extensive wine list has topped “best of” lists for over 20 years in Boca Raton, Myrtle Beach and Atlanta. The focus at New York Prime is its top-quality, USDA prime-only beef, colossal seafood platters and classic sides. And for a sight you have to see to believe… when Big Red (aka the largest lobster in the tank) gets wheeled around in a Radio Flyer wagon for guests to ogle and order. Visit their menu story to see why New York Prime is a different kind of steakhouse. Telephone: 561-998-3881 Web: New York Prime.
Top Boca Raton Hotels
Hyatt Place Boca Raton
This property is a 20-minute walk from the beach. Featuring free WiFi and a year-round outdoor pool, Hyatt Place Boca Raton offers pet-friendly accommodation in Boca Raton, 1,300 feet from Mizner Park. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and features a flat-screen TV. Some rooms feature a seating area where you can relax. Each room includes a private bathroom.
Delray Sands Resort
This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Set right on the beach, this Highland Beach, Florida hotel features on-site dining options and an outdoor pool. It has spacious rooms with cable TV. Guests can start the day at Delray Sands resort Highland Beach with a workout in the on-site fitness center. A hot tub and business center are also available. Dining is available at Latitudes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nightly entertainment is provided Thursday through Saturday.
Boca Raton Resort and Club
Featuring 2 golf courses, 7 swimming pools, and 10 on-site restaurants, this beachfront resort is located on Boca Raton Lake and offers shuttle service throughout the resort and beach club. This resort boasts a full-service marina with deep-sea fishing charters and jet ski rentals. Three gyms and 30 tennis courts are also part of the property. 501 East is one of Boca Raton Resort’s casual on-site restaurants, offering American dishes and a patio with views of the golf course. Bar Luna is open every evening and serves an assortment of wines, liquors, and cocktails in an intimate atmosphere.
Wyndham Boca Raton Hotel
Located just off Interstate 95, this 5-story boutique hotel offers convenient services and guestrooms near many area attractions in Boca Raton, Florida. Guests can dine at the on-site restaurant, Farmer’s Table. The Wyndham Boca Raton Hotel is surrounded by a lush, tropical courtyard with a heated pool and hot tub. Work out in the on-site fitness center or play a game of golf on the beautiful nearby course. Relax in one of Wyndham’s spacious rooms in a pillow-top bed, which is triple-sheeted with 250 thread count sheets. Select rooms boast balconies, overlooking lush garden settings. Enjoy amenities such as free WiFi and a luxurious Mediterranean-style bathroom.
Waterstone Resort & Marina
Relax in style at the Watersone Resort & Marina. Set on the Intracoastal Waterway just 300 yards from the beach. Enjoy stylish guest rooms or suites with balconies affording spectacular views of the water. Savor upscale dining at Boca Landing Prime Seafood & Crafted Cocktails, or dine poolside at Waterstone Rum Bar & Grill. Enjoy recreational facilities at the resort including an array of on-site water sports and an outdoor pool with stunning views.