It’s hard to isolate one thing that makes Boca Raton special. Boca Raton has it all; miles of pristine beaches, endless stretches of parks and bike paths, beautiful golf courses, tennis courts and water parks, class A-schools, culinary triumphs, welcoming neighborhoods and enviable real estate for every taste and budget. Add in national franchises, wine and food events and year-round climate made for outdoor diversions, and you have something to do every weekend.
Shopping & Dining
Boca Raton is also a shopper’s paradise. It’s home to some of the best stores in the world. Whether your style is chic and trendy, relaxed BoHo or sophisticated preppy, Boca has couture fashion for every price range and taste. Boca’s vast culinary landscape is also first class, with numerous options ranging from the best dining in South Florida to the hottest new chefs waiting to be discovered. Great Italian and lauded steakhouses share corners with family-friendly spots and time-honored bars, among others.
The 70-mile stretch of coastline from Palm Beach through Broward County attracts visitors from around the world. Water temperatures are almost always in the 70s and 80s, so swimming in December and January is a favorite pastime for vacationers. Each mile of beach has its own characteristics, from dune-lined stretches of pure serenity to those with bustling beachside shops and restaurants. There are reefs up and down our coastline and one in particular is distinguished by Red Reef Park, an underwater reef teeming with sea life in waters only 8 feet deep. Offshore, along the coast there are roughly 70 sites for divers and 25 of these are shipwrecks. For the sport fishermen, there are several charters for both drift boats and deep-sea fishing but if waterskiing is more your speed, you can slip on skis or jump on a wakeboard at Ski Rixen. Have grandkids? Then enjoy a day of fun at Coconut Cove Waterpark, and slide down one of its two four-story water slides, exercise in the lap pool or explore its 897-foot-wide river ride.
The Arts Are Thriving in Boca Raton
From festivals and galleries to theatre and musical performances, Boca Raton is a chockablock with arts entertainment. Whether you’re a Broadway buff or a music enthusiast, Boca has something for everyone. The Mizner Amphitheater is at the heart of Boca’s cultural scene. The Boca Museum of Art, also in Mizner Park is another community favorite. The Boca Ballet Theatre, which offers classical training and performances; the Symphonia, which includes domestic and internationally acclaimed conductors and musicians; and the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum at Town Hall are all among local favorites.
Golf is a staple in Boca Raton, and its countless greens are par for the course. Boca Raton’s golf courses and country clubs attract visitors and residents alike all year long. There are 140 courses in Palm Beach County alone- and some of the most beautiful are in Boca Raton. Palm Beach County hosts professional golf events as well. PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens will host the PGA Honda Classic on February 19-25, 2018. Arnold Palmer Signature Design at St. Andrews set out to make certain the 18-hole course would leave an indelible mark. The course offers stunning vistas, weaves naturally through rolling elevation changes, and presents risk and reward opportunities that keep the game fresh – even for the devoted daily player. As a Palmer Signature Design course, the layout is the culmination of Arnold Palmer’s more than 40 years of building golf courses of distinction. The Fazio II Course is a recent addition to St. Andrews Country Club. Designed by golf course architect Tom Fazio II, all 18 holes are special and unique creating a challenging, yet fair, quality of play, requiring players to bring their best golf game. While the course may play long at over 7,000 yards, the layout has generous landing areas and open approaches to the greens.
A Country Club for Everyone
St. Andrews Country Club offers a vibrant, top-quality lifestyle and has done so for more than 30 years. Its distinctions include a “Distinguished Club of the World” and a “Top Ten Healthiest Clubs in America,” and its world-class amenities make life a permanent vacation. With superior amenities, including two 18-hole championship golf courses, one completely renovated. It is home to LPGA touring professional and resident Morgan Pressel. Aaron Krickstein, formerly ranked No. 6 in the world, oversees the tennis program and 14 clay courts. The Club offers a full service-spa, fitness center, four restaurants, three pools, Kids Club, playground, air-conditioned game rooms and catering space for up to 350.
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