Boca Raton is a city situated on the east coast of Florida among West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The name is Spanish for "Mouse Mouth" (though the Chamber of Commerce tries to provide less plausible option explanations of the meaning), which presumably comes from the shape of an inlet when the town was founded.|
Boca Raton, as it's recognized by locals, began growing in earnest in the 1920s, with the assist of fanciful nouveau-riche architect Addison Mizner, who also helped design Palm Beach, 30 some miles north. Much of downtown was (and is being) built in "Addison Mizner-style" architecture, utilizing typical bright orange and more subdued pinks in its Old Spanish theme with a touch of Venice.
Long history of Boca of catering to the well-to do has provided it a snobbish reputation, but it possesses many characteristics that can be enjoyed by visitors even if they are on a much less lavish budget. The city enjoys a much higher standard of living than many of its neighbors, providing it a well manicured appearance with many amenities. Travellers can enjoy the limited nightlife and much more extensive beaches, great at any time of day, any time of year.
Tri-railconnects to Miami, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm, it is underused and thus operates relatively infrequently. Palm Tran buses which serve Boca Raton as well as the rest of Palm Beach County are also lamentably unreliable. The best way is to hire a car at your port of entry.
Boca Raton Attractions
Red Reef Park: Occupying 67 acres of oceanfront terrain, this famous park provides a wealth of diversions. For swimmers, there's plenty of beach, watched over by lifeguards, and snorkelers are satisfied by shallow waters and offshore reefs.
South Beach Park: South Beach Park characteristics over 25 acres and 1, 600 feet of beach. A famous beach South Beach provides a lovely, lifeguard-patrolled coastline. Swimming attracts most folks, but you'll notice opportunity for snorkeling as well.
Spanish River Park: One of the biggest parks of area, Spanish River guarantees plenty of room to spread out and sufficiently diversions to please any visitor. Swimming and sunbathing satisfy plenty of folks, and picnic tables and grills make outdoor dining a no-brainer.