Boca Raton Travel Guide

Are you looking to add a little glamour to your next vacation? Boca Raton is the hot spot of Palm Beach County in Florida for shopping, dining, boating, yachting, spas, and just about any other indulgence you can think of. When visiting Boca Raton, don’t travel like a tourist and stay in a hotel. Choosing a sleek condo from VacationRentals.com that will allow you to travel like a local.

What to Do in Boca Raton

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The Glamorous Life

Boca Raton has earned a reputation as a home for the affluent. For visitors, this means plenty of glitz and glamour when it comes to beaches, marinas, shopping, dining, and spas. Everything in Boca Raton is just a touch more luxurious, so get ready to enjoy! With over 300 days of sunshine a year, whatever you decide you do will be accompanied by the golden Florida sun.

Grab your sunglasses and an oversized floppy hat for a day at the beach. The white sand and aqua waters of Red Reef Park are stunning. After a few hours lounging under a palm tree, you will definitely want to get out on the water for a boat tour. For the ultimate boating experience, charter a boat or yacht from one of the local marinas.

Culture, Nightlife, and Recreation in Boca Raton

In this sun-drenched city, there is something to do for every hobby. If you love art, peruse the local galleries or the Boca Raton Museum of Art. History buffs will swoon over local architecture. After a day on the beach or out on the boat, a cultural evening could be a nice way to end the day. Famous musicians play concerts at the Center for the Arts in Mizner Park. After the show, a night cap at one of Boca’s bars or clubs will be the perfect ending to the night.

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Boca Raton is all about life’s simple pleasures — elevated. Beyond beaches and boats, one popular form of recreation is golf. Here you will find both private and public courses. If you’re looking to play 18 on a public course, book a tee time at the oceanfront Red Reed Executive Golf Course. If you’re planning an active holiday, other fun outdoor activities include beach volleyball, snorkeling, surfing, and gaining a bird’s eye view of Boca with parasailing.

Boca Raton for Families

In Boca Raton and further beyond in South Florida, there are many activities for families. Do your kids love sports? Treat them to one of the many professional games on offer in nearby Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Whether they are fans of football, basketball, baseball, or hockey, you can secure front row tickets that will thrill your kids.

While Boca may be known for designer shopping and sipping champagne on yachts, it is also a beautiful, safe place for families. If you’re looking for a destination in Florida where you can enjoy family bike rides at sunset or head out for a snorkeling tour to encounter tropical creatures, Boca Raton is a great home base. There are incredible vacation rentals here, many complete with a pool, that will keep kids occupied while you relax over morning coffee and the newspaper.

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What to See in Boca Raton

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If you can drag yourself away from the four public beachfronts, numerous golf courses, and manicured shopping areas, there are still some other things to see in Boca Raton. If you’re interested in local wildlife, be sure to check out the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center where you will encounter sea turtles, sting rays, and other animals.

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Where to Shop and Eat in Boca Raton

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Serious Shopping in Boca Raton

An entire trip to Boca Raton can be spent shopping, and you’ll never set foot in the same store twice. Be prepared for temptation at every corner, especially in The Town Center at Boca Raton, where over 200 stores will show you the glamour of this town.

For an outdoor experience, spend a day shopping at Mizner Park in Downtown Boca Raton. From one-of-a-kind boutiques to fine jewelry stores to galleries, anything you could want to purchase will be found here. Whether you want to pick up a new bathing suit for your day out on the yacht or something casual from Banana Republic, a day spent shopping here is sure to be fruitful.

 

The Art of Dining in Boca Raton

Dining in Boca Raton is all about diversity. Sophisticated residents here are accustomed to a wide variety of choices, including international cuisines and options for a range of budgets. The restaurants here also reflect the taste and background of residents; for example, you will find many restaurants serving upscale South American cuisine.

From trendy restaurants to hidden hangouts, you will find the choice of restaurants in Boca to be impressive. Try Paris Gourmet for a taste of France, The Addison for a special night on the town with incredible service, and 32 East for Mediterranean cuisine.

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When to Visit Boca Raton

Florida didn’t earn the nickname the Sunshine State for nothing. In Boca Raton, the sun shines for over 300 days a year. This means that the sunny coast of Florida is ideal for a warm-weather getaway almost any time of the year. The most popular season to visit is from November through April, when temperatures are steady and not too hot.

Many travelers choose to visit Boca Raton in the summer, but you should be warned, that these months can be very hot and humid. Locals often decide to get out of Florida for the months of July and August as sometimes they can be too warm to enjoy the beaches and boating. By the end of August and early September the hot temperatures have subsided, but this brings hurricane season. It is best to avoid this time period as to not have an interrupted vacation.

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What to Bring to Boca Raton

boca raton sun blockPlanning a trip to Boca Raton is your chance to be as dressed up and glamorous as you like. Don’t fill your suitcase too much though, as you are sure to do some shopping at Boca’s designer shops. Even beachwear here has a glam streak to it, so pack along fun beach cover ups, intricate sandals, sunglasses, and a floppy beach hat. For evenings, break out the high heels, dresses, and your best jewelry. In Boca, you’ll fit right in.

In addition to all of your fashionable threads, don’t forget your beach basics. Sunscreen is essential, and beach entertainment such as novels, magazines, or an iPod will go a long way. Entertainment in the vacation rental is essential if you’re bringing kids along, including DVDs or board games. Adventurous kids will want to bring along scuba masks as well, but if you forget them, don’t worry, there are plenty to rent.

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Local Services in Boca Raton

The residents of Boca Raton have high expectations, meaning local services for visitors are off the charts. Expect the best of everything, from gourmet grocery stores to high-end dry cleaners to boat charters that can make all your wishes come true. The basics are here too, including ATMs, a post office, and convenience stores. Take advantage of stellar local services including scuba diving tour operators, bike rentals, boat rentals, and parasailing.

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What to Know About Boca Raton

Boca Raton isn’t a place for budget travelers. While there are vacation rentals to suit a variety of budgets, and activities such as spending a day on the beach or renting a bike are affordable, in general this city was designed for the affluent. Expect prices at restaurants, cocktail bars, and grocery stores to be higher than in other areas. If you’re looking for a splurge, you can live the high life in Boca Raton. On the other hand, if you’re pinching pennies, it is best to look elsewhere in Florida for a warm weather getaway.

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Getting to Boca Raton

One of the attractive qualities of Boca Raton is how accessible it is. Located only a 25 minute drive north from the Fort Lauderdale Airport, Boca is easy to reach from any part of the States or beyond. Another option for an international airport is Miami. Choosing to fly into Miami will add another 30 minutes or so to the drive time. The Palm Beach Airport is located about a 25 minute drive north of Boca Raton. Between these three major airports, you should be able to find a good deal on airfare.

It is recommended to rent a car once you arrive in Florida. This will help to ensure that you are able to explore on your own schedule, and will make it easy to stock your rental with groceries or to reach the beach.

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Why Boca Raton Vacation Rentals?

If you want to live the life of the Florida elite, choose Boca Raton vacation rentals. This town is the home of the rich and famous, and as you sunbathe on the beach or charter a boat for the day, you will not only see these people but also see what they love about South Florida. A hotel simply can’t deliver the glamorous experience that a rental provides. For the ultimate choice in relaxation and luxury, vacation rentals are the clear winner.

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