For a lot of my non-US readers, Boca Raton might not really ring any bells and that’s because it is often overshadowed by the larger, more lively cities nearby including Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. Boca Raton is located approximately 47 miles (75 km) from Miami and 30 miles (48 km) from Ft. Lauderdale so it is within easy driving distance of some major hubs of gay culture. But you know, even US citizens might not make it to Boca Raton given the option. I mean, the only reason I ended up there was because my husband attended a large conference in the city for his work and we ended up staying at the incredible Boca Raton Resort and Club.I will say that the area is pretty cool with great beaches albeit really laid back and not super lively. But more about those Boca Raton Beaches later!
What is Boca Raton Known For?
One of the main things Boca Raton is known for is golf. So if you love to play golf then this is definitely a destination for you. You will get more than your fill of the sport. But with golf courses, comes some pretty incredible resorts. Sometimes all we need is a little rest and relaxation. A resort is the perfect place to just lay by a pool, relax, and let other people deal with everything for you. Lastly, Boca Raton beaches are next to perfect. A lot of the beaches are accessed via parks so you can explore a little nature, have a barbecue, and then go hang by the ocean or swim.
Boca Raton Beaches
Exploring the two-mile stretch of Boca Raton beaches was my main goal during this trip. Of course, I wasn’t able to explore every beach available but I did manage to cover the best! Many of the beaches in the area are pristine with little to no development on or near them. Even better is that Florida law protects many parts of the beaches ensuring the natural habitats of animals such as sea turtles are protected and preserved. On top of that, the entire two-mile stretch is protected by life guards so you can feel assured while frolicking in the water…someone has your back. I think one of my favorite things about Boca Raton beaches is that they are not typically overcrowded as opposed to those you find in neighboring Ft. Lauderdale or Miami. This means you can find a place on the beach and really enjoy yourself!
Boca Raton Beaches: Which To Choose?
With so many Boca Raton beaches to choose from, it can be hard to decide but I’ve got you covered. If you ever find yourself in this small piece of paradise, I highly suggest you visit one of these three beaches. They are actually my favorite beaches in the area and you’re sure to love them too!
South Inlet Beach
This Boca Raton beach will fit the bill if you need a bit of seclusion. Even on the busiest days, you’ll find that it to be relatively empty as most people opt for the more popular nearby beaches. The beach is beautiful and sandy but it’s a very rugged and natural beach meaning the seaweed is never cleaned up. Other than that, the beach is very clean. If this might bother you then avoid coming to this beach. However, it’s a great place to just relax with minimal noise and watch the boats float by. The beach has a small playground for children and a picnic area where you can have a great lunch or barbecue. Just like all beaches in this region, there are life guards so it is relatively safe.
Address: 1298 S Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432-7719
Red Reef Beach
This is considered one Boca Raton’s most beautiful beaches and with good reason. The beach is beautiful and perfectly sandy situated along a man-made reef which is perfect for snorkeling. There are bathroom and shower facilities in the park but if you decide to park your vehicle in the park proper, it’ll cost you about $17. There is metered parking across the street which can save you a bit of money. Other than that, it’s a lot of fun to walk down the huge boardwalk through the natural vegetation and just hang out on the beach. Be aware that as this is one of the most popular beaches, you are bound to meet crowds…mostly families with children. As a result of that little tidbit, it wasn’t my favorite but overall it’s a pretty cool beach!
Address: 1400 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Spanish River Beach
By far, this Boca Raton beach is my favorite! First of all, the park accompanying the beach is massive and has a playground and plenty of space for parties or picnics. There are also little shower where you can rinse off and bathroom facilities. One of the most amazing things about the park is the amount of old growth trees which provide plenty of shade if you need a break from the Florida sun. On top of all this, there are volleyball courts, zip line, kayak/canoe launch, boat launch, and plenty of parking. Though parking will cost you $17 if your are not a resident. To get to the beach, you walk through a tunnel that goes underneath the main road. Once you get to the beach, you’ll notice its beautiful sand and the filling that you are a bit further out from the main areas of Boca Raton. There are chairs and umbrellas for rent at a price of $12 per hour or $45 for the day…a definite bargain. The beach is also wheelchair accessible and since it is a bit further out-of-town, it is not often overcrowded.
Address: 3001 North State Road A1A, Boca Raton, FL
So there you have it, the three beaches you need to lay on!
Which would you choose?
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