Boca Raton Beach Vacations

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
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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.
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Things to Do in Boca Raton

Boca FlyBoard

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

Florida Airboating

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.


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28 Comments

  1. Geoff

    This is a really good alternative for a must-go place if anyone wants to have a holiday by the beach! I have not been to Boca Raton, but reading your post, I would love to visit and enjoy what it has to offer! That Boca FlyBoard looks interesting. Would love to try that soon.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you enjoyed Geoff!  Thanks for visiting Boca Raton Beach Vacations!

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  2. John

    wow, Thank you so much for this awesome article! Now that winter is here and its actually getting cold, I have been looking for a nice beach to escape to. I have never been to Boca Rotan, but thanks to your detailed article I would love to go check it out! Thank you for your expertise!

    John

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome John. I think that Boca Raton is a great get away. The beaches are awesome and you cannot beat the weather!

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  3. Jeremy Hood

    I have been in Florida my whole life and never vacationed to Boca Raton!

    My wife and I like to eat and go out at night so I’m sure we would want to check out some of your recommendations like the New York Prime.

    The FlyBoard also looks crazy fun. If I get to make it down there I will let you know how it was!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, Jeremy you and your wife do need to go. I am moving to Florida in a couple months. I visit too often, so decided I might as just well be where my passion is. Let me know how you guys like Boca Raton.

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  4. Anna McNaught

    Your site is awesome! It looks like you’ve put in a lot of time to give well written and thorough reviews on these places.

    The Funky Buddha Lounge sounds awesome!! I definitely want to check it out!

    Flyboarding sounds really cool too. Its something that I’ve always wanted to do but haven’t found the right place.
    Thanks for a great post!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Anna! Yes, I do put a lot of time into them, but it’s a huge passion. I am glad you liked Boca Raton Vacations!

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  5. Sharon Whyte

    What a really informative post. Our cooler season is the middle of the year which makes for an affordable holiday during our cooler season. You have covered alot here and it is good to know great places to eat and also car rentals and things that would be needed of that nature. Good post!!!
    Sharon

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Sharon, and thanks for reading about Boca Raton Beach Vacations!

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  6. Sharon Whyte

    What a really informative post. Our cooler season is the middle of the year which makes for an affordable holiday during our cooler season. You have covered alot here and it is good to know great places to eat and also car rentals and things that would be needed of that nature. Good post!!!
    Sharon

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Glad you enjoyed Sharon!

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  7. 3esso

    Thanks a lot for this detailed informative review. And thank you for this awesome website, you really provide your readers with all the information they need that they will never need to visit another site. I congratulate on that.
    You made me very enthusiastic to visit Boca to enjoy the different available activities, especially the fly boaring.
    I just wanna ask you a question. From your experience, when is the best time to visit Boca and how long should I book in advance to ensure good offers.
    Thanks again and looking forward to more great reviews from you.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You know, any time if the year will be great. If you want to avoid the crowds, stay away during the summer months. November thru January is going to be very nice but the water will be cold. So I would go in the spring or in the fall. You will get great rates and avoid the crowds and cold water 🙂

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  8. Batya

    WOW sounds like a beautiful place to go! It seems like it has nice weather all year round. How long does it take to get from the different airports to boca raton? It seems like there is a lot to do there. I think it would make more sense to write about car rentals then hotels and then discuss different things to do, this way you get all the main facts down, how you are getting there, how you are getting around while there and where you will be sleeping, then you can figure out what to do while there. Overall it’s very informative and seems like a great vacation spot!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you enjoyed reading! Fort Lauderdale Airport is only a 20 minute drive to Boca Raton, so it is the closest airport. I have car rentals on there too, right under airports 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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  9. Jamie

    Excellent in-depth summary of some of the things that Boca has to offer! It’s always important to me to have an itinerary and planned out list of the best things to do at a vacation spot and this will be very helpful whenever I go to visit the area. I’ve also wanted to go snorkeling and scuba diving in Florida so it’s good to know a place that picks out the best spots.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Jamie ! I hope you enjoyed reading and come back when you are ready to plan your trip!

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  10. Hafsa

    Love how informative it is keep it up. I like all the information you have added.. and the layout is nice and simple. Definitely something i can use when i go on holiday. Even adding information on tickets etc is great. It would nice to see more world beaches too.. like parts Asia are very cheap and have some beautiful beaches. Love the beach!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I love the beach to and it is my plan to cover all beaches, worldwide. It is just slow going. I put a lot of time into each post, so a bit time consuming 🙂 Thanks for visiting Boca Raton Beach Vacations Hafsa!

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  11. Misty Marchione

    I have been looking for a place to vacation within the next year or two. This place seems absolutely amazing and definitely suits my interests! I love going to the beach and I enjoy listening to jazz music. I think the art museums would be fun to visit as well! I have two kids though- would you say Boca Raton is family friendly as well?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, Boca Raton is definitely family friendly as well Misty. You and your family would have a great time!

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  12. Paul

    This is a very thorough Beach Vacation Package and with the many winter storms and cold northern temperatures this beach holiday site is looking very appealing .

    You have such a variety of activities to pursue after your beach-time that Boca Raton seems like a great go-to destination !

    You cover it all … the beach , the airport , the food , the night spots and the arts ! Best of all , are the many links and phone numbers you include make the experience less stressful .

    How are the line-ups ? and do the crowds change with the seasons or do they keep coming back for more of the best !

    Paul

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      More crowded in the summer months, any other time, perfect! Thank you for the comments Paul.

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  13. Tim

    Wow! That a ton of great info! If you want any kind of information for beat travel vacation spots this is where it is at! The food, the hotels, the airports you hit it all!

    Thanks for all the great info!
    Not to mention all the great spots for the links to connect us with more information!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great, I am glad you enjoyed reading and found it helpful!

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  14. Judy

    My favorite place to visit in the United States is Florida, it reminds me so much of my own homeland.

    You have given a wealth of information regarding Boca Raton, and I am sure this will be one of my future destinations.

    I love the beach, but as you pointed out, there are other places to visit such as the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Thanks for all the valuable suggestions.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      My favorite place as well 🙂 Yes, this area is a wonderful place to visit. So much going on in Boca Raton besides just the beach for sure!

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