city in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States

Boca Raton is a city of 100,000 people (2018) on the east coast of Florida about halfway between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The name boca ratón translates literally as "mouse mouth" (not "rat mouth"), and is believed to derive from a Spanish nautical term for a shallow inlet filled with jagged rocks.

Understand edit

Boca, as it's known by locals, is a city that was started as the project of one man, the eclectic architect Addison Mizner, who is more than anyone responsible for South Florida's Spanish-inspired architecture. Little of his luxurious plans was built, as he went bankrupt during the Florida real estate collapse of the late 1920s. It was intended to surpass Palm Beach, 30 some miles north, some of whose key mansions were designed by Mizner. Much of downtown was (and is being) built in "Addison Mizner-style" architecture, using distinctive bright orange and more subdued pinks in its Old Spanish theme with a touch of Venice.

Boca's long history of catering to the well-to-do has given it a snobbish reputation, but looking deeper one can find many terrific features that can be enjoyed on any budget. The city is very safe and enjoys a much higher standard of living than many of its neighbors, giving it a well-manicured appearance with many amenities. Moreover, visitors can appreciate the limited nightlife and great beaches any time of year as the city consistently enjoys comfortable weather.

Get in edit

By plane edit

  • 1 Boca Raton Airport (BCT  IATA), 903 NW 35th St (alongside Florida Atlantic University and Interstate 95), +1 561 391-2202, . M-F 8AM-4:30PM. Boca Raton has a single-runway airport, mainly serving the general aviation community. It has no scheduled airline service. It has a Customs & Border Protection facility to process international flights, namely passengers returning from the Bahamas. Two companies offer seasonal charter routes: JetSmarter offers flights from Atlanta and White Plains, while Airstream Jets offers routes from Las Vegas and Toronto. Companies such as Boca Jet Charter and One Sky offer access to planes based at BCT, ranging from economical single & twin engine aircraft to luxury Gulfstream and business jets. Commercial passengers will have to arrive via one of South Florida's three main airports:    

By car edit

  • Interstate 95 - five exits to Boca Raton are Palmetto Park Road, Glades Road/Spanish River Blvd, Yamato Road, and Congress Avenue.
  • Florida's Turnpike - toll road with lighter traffic and an exit for Boca Raton at Glades Road.
  • US 1, also called Federal Highway, goes through Boca in N-S direction, connecting it to other towns along the coast.
  • A1A - also goes through Boca and other coastal towns, in a scenic route along the ocean.

By bus edit

  • Palm Tran, Phone number: +1 561-841-4BUS (4287). Palm Beach County's public bus system runs between Palm Beach gardens and the Camino Real Transit center. Route 1 runs between Palm beach Gardens and the Boca Raton Transit center via West Palm Beach.

By rail edit

  • Amtrak, 1300 W. Hillsboro Blvd., +1 877-632-3788. Deerfield Beach.
  • TriRail (Stations at Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach and Yamato Road, Boca Raton) goes to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach Airports. The TriRail station in Boca Raton is at 680 Yamato Road next to I-95. You can catch the local Palm Tran bus 94 to go downtown. If you need to go to a hotel on the beachfront, you will need to change to the 92 bus at the Camino Real transit station next to South Federal Highway.

By boat edit

With your own boat, you can get to Boca Raton from the Atlantic Ocean on these routes:

  • Via Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. This is a port of entry for cruise ships and other commercial vessels.
  • Via Boca Raton Inlet. Vessels can enter Boca Raton through its inlet that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the IntraCoastal Waterway (ICW). Local knowledge is required, as shoaling outside the inlet can limit access at low tide and swift moving currents cause pretty decent swells where the outflow meets the ocean.
  • Via Hillsboro Inlet, south of Boca Raton, between the communities of Hillsboro Beach and Pompano Beach. This inlet was much improved by widening the channel outside the jetties. The widening was extensive, and allows safer approaches into the inlet from more bearings. The inlet is well marked, and has a dredge on site actively keeping the channel clear by dredging the sand that drifts into all East Coast inlets from the north. Local knowledge is suggested, as there are reefs to the south and jetties and lots of boat traffic.
  • Via the IntraCoastal Waterway (ICW), which stretches along the East Coast from Maine to Texas. The ICW flows through Boca Raton, and has no fixed bridges across it, just 3 draw bridges that open on schedule and/or on demand. The bridges across the ICW from North to South are at Spanish River Boulevard, Palmetto Park Road, and Camino Real Drive.

Get around edit

  • Tri-rail connects to Miami, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm. It is underused and thus runs relatively infrequently.
  • Palm Tran buses serves Boca Raton and the rest of Palm Beach County are available. +1 561-841-4287. Buses run every 20–45 minutes, depending on the route. The cash fare is $2 per trip. A one-day unlimited pass is available for $5 from the bus. The 92 bus runs between downtown and the beach between East Palmetto Park Road and Hillsboro Blvd. The 94 bus runs between downtown and the Boca Raton TriRail station.
  • Delray Scooter Rental, LLC, +1 561-723-4387, +1 561-441-5244. Scooter rentals delivered and picked up for Downtown and Beach areas in Boca Raton and Delray Beach.
  • Royal Airport Transportation Service & Taxi Cab Company - 1901 Dixie Hwy. +1 561-809-8871 is a commonly used transportation service in Boca Raton.

Your best bet is to rent a car to get around. Boca Raton is friendly to bicycle traffic, but the public transportation serves a limited portion of the city, and overall it's not a very walkable city outside of the downtown area.

Streets are numbered in a grid with four quadrants (Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast) centered on the intersection of Palmetto Park Road (which runs east-west) and Dixie Highway (running north-south). Streets run east-west while avenues run north-south. Addresses within the city generally correspond to the street numbers (the 1900 block of an avenue starts at 19th Street), but outside the city a different county-based numbering system is used which doesn't correspond to the Boca Raton street/avenue numbers (even though some of those numbered streets continue outside the city limits). To add to the confusion, some areas annexed into the city continue to use the county numbering system instead of the city one.

See edit

Art Deco building at intersection of Palmetto Park Rd and Mizner Blvd
  • 1 Boca Raton Museum of Art. In the Mizner Park complex, most of which is an upscale mall. Some good items in the permanent collection, and often hosts some fine traveling exhibits.    
  • 2 Morikami Museum, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, +1 561-495-0233, . Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM. The Morikami complex in the western part of Boca includes a small but interesting museum of Japanese art and culture as well as extensive, beautiful Japanese gardens set around a lake. The museum restaurant overlooking the lake offers good Japanese food at a moderate price with a splendid view. The Morikami Museum also has events monthly where people can eat sushi and walk around the gardens at night. The Morikami's biggest event is the annual Bon Festival in August, drawing tens of thousands of people for taiko drumming, lantern ceremonies and a firework display. $15 entry fee (Adult).    
  • 3 Boca Raton History Museum, 71 North Federal Highway (take the 91 or 92 bus to South Federal Way and East Palmetto Park Road), +1 561-395-6766. M-F 10AM-4PM. A museum in downtown Boca Raton allowing visitors to learn about the town's past. The building was Boca Raton's first city hall, library, and fire station. $5.    
  • 4 Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 North Ocean Boulevard (between Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway), +1 561-544-8605. Tanks with marine life, nature trails, sea turtle rehabilitation.    

Amphitheaters edit

  • 5 Counte de Hoernle Amphitheater (Mizner Park Amphitheater), 590 Plaza Real, +1 561-750-1668. Presents a minimum of 20 concerts and events annually from a wide range of musical genres including country, jazz and classic rock. The amphitheater can accommodate up to 4000 fans for general admission events. This amphitheater is run by local philanthropists who contribute significant amounts to local and regional causes. The Amphitheatre hosts quite a variety of cultural events throughout the year. It is near the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Mizner Park. Box office hours: M-F noon–5PM, day of show: noon–9PM.
  • 6 Sunset Cove Amphitheater, 12551 Glades Rd, +1 561-488-8069. Hosts concerts and community movies. Previous acts have included Tegan & Sara and Rise Against.

Do edit

Birds like going to the beach, too - a yellow-crowned night heron on the beach in Boca Raton

Indoors edit

  • 1 Boomers!, 3100 Airport Road, +1 561-347-1888. An indoor/outdoor entertainment center where families can enjoy activities like miniature golf, laser tag, bumper boats, go-karts and a full arcade.
  • [dead link] Caldwell Theatre Company, 7901 North Federal Highway, +1 561-241-7432. Located on the west side of Federal Highway of north Boca Raton, the Caldwell Theatre Company opened its doors in December 1975 at the suggestion of James R. Caldwell, inventor of the rubber dustpan and founder of the Rubbermaid Corporation. Over the course of 34 years and four different locations, including its now permanent location in the Count de Hoernle Theatre, the Caldwell has been called South Florida’s “Cinderella Theatre” and Boca Raton’s “Jewel in the Crown.”
  • Cinemark Palace 20, 3200 Airport Rd. Great movie theater open and closes very late. Shows all new movies including 3D, but no IMAX. The second floor is the Premier level including full bar and a restaurant.
  • Bowlero, 21046 Commercial Trl. This bowling alley is a hotspot for the students in the area. It is located near the Town Center Mall so people tend to look around the mall and then head to the bowling alley.
  • Spa Palazzo. This spa is known for its fantastic array of therapeutic massages and steams, open 6 days a week in the Boca Raton Resort and Hotel.

Outdoors edit

Sports in the area are college-based - no professional sports. Fortunately, Boca Raton is home to a beautiful, beach-themed 30,000-seat college football stadium at Florida Atlantic University called FAU Stadium. FAU and nearby Lynn University also have college basketball arenas; FAU men's basketball is likely to be an especially tough ticket in the 2023–24 season, given that (1) its home of Eleanor R. Baldwin Arena seats less than 3,000 and (2) the Owls return all five starters from a team that made a surprising run to the Final Four (NCAA tournament semifinals) in 2023. Boca Raton is not home to any professional sports teams although pro teams can be found within an hour's drive: Inter Miami CF soccer (15.7 mi), Miami Dolphins football (36.9 mi), Florida Panthers hockey (30.5 mi), Miami Heat basketball (48.1 mi), Miami Marlins baseball (36.9 mi). Also consider the Royal Palm Polo Sports Complex (7.1 mi) where some of the world's top polo players play during the months of (Jan-Apr), as Boca Raton is known as the winter capital. Watching greyhound racing at the Palm Beach Kennel Club (24.4 mi) is also an option; as is the Dania Jai-Alai (29.6 mi) at Dania Beach.

Boca Raton has many golf courses.

  • 2 Spanish River Beach. Easily the most popular beach, especially for younger crowds. Residents and tourists typically take Spanish River Blvd east towards A1A road and parallel park along NE Spanish River Blvd or at nearby Spanish River Park.
  • 3 Mizner Park, 433 Plaza Real, +1 561-362-0606. Mizner Park has unique boutiques, sumptuous eateries, energizing music and inspiring art. It's an interesting place to walk around. This upscale shopping plaza is basically the crux of the otherwise dull Boca Raton downtown area.
  • 4 Coconut Cove Waterpark, 11200 Park Access Road, +1 561-274-1140. Open seasonally, this small community waterpark in west Boca Raton is home to a lazy river, slides and a water playground structure. A fun way to cool off, especially for kids and families, but not recommended for thrill-seekers.
  • 5 Boca Raton Resort & Club Amenities. Guests and members of this club can use their private golf courses and beaches as well as eat at the beautiful restaurants.
  • Intracoastal - tour by boat, during the holidays or for special events, boat tours are available and captains will gladly drive you and your guests down the intercoastal. Tours are also available for sight seeing and a guided one to view celebrity houses from the water.

Notable public parks edit

  • 6 Patch Reef Park, 2000 Yamato Road. This park has great trails for bike riding and exercising. There are also tennis courts and basketball courts, in addition to open fields. There are classes taught at the recreational center, such as yoga and hip-hop. Also, the Boca Raton chapter of the World Adult Kickball Association holds games here on weekends.
  • 7 Sugar Sand Park. A great place to take the kids. It has an enormous fort/jungle gym, carousel, ball parks, etc.
  • 8 Red Reef Park. A 67-acre oceanfront park including the 20-acre Gumbo Limbo Environmental Education Center. A fun and interesting feature of the beach is a rock outcropping and a series of small man-made reefs about 10 feet off shore, where even beginning snorkelers can enjoy swimming with small colorful tropical fish. The picnic area of the park is equipped with grills, tables and restrooms.
  • Tim Huxhold Skate Park, 400 Crawford Boulevard. An all-cement skate park, mostly used by teens, and shuffleboard courts.
  • 9 South County Regional Park. Open from dawn-dusk with tennis courts, soccer fields, water park, and trails great for running. Arrangements can be made for picnic and private events. This park is very popular during the summer time as there are also camps available for children.

Buy edit

  • 1 Town Center Mall, 6000 Glades Rd. The well-known high-end retail mall on Glades Road, just west of I-95 and east of the Florida Turnpike. The mall includes tens of premier stores and restaurants.    
  • 2 Mizner Park, 327 Plaza Real (Directly off of Federal Highway (US-1) north of Palmetto Park Rd), +1 561-362-0606. M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su noon-6PM. A mixed-used new urbanism district in a revitalized part of downtown Boca with a movie theater and a number of restaurants and stores.    
  • 3 Royal Palm Place. A charming mixed-use development in the heart of downtown Boca. Featuring international restaurants, salons & spas, shopping, specialties & services.
  • Regency Court. Open 7 days a week. Offers an array of restaurant and shops.
  • 4 University Commons Plaza, 1400 Glades Road Glades Road. This strip plaza is home to many different stores including Nordstrom Rack, Whole Foods Market, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, a two-story Barnes and Noble Boookstore, and Swoozies. Restaurants in the plaza including: PF Changs, J.Alexanders, Mario's, Jamba Juice and 16 Handles frozen yogurt.

Eat edit

Though Boca Raton is probably better known for its Jewish community than its Muslim community, it features the Assalam Center, a beautiful mosque inspired by the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem

Boca has a deserved "ritzy" reputation, but good food can be found for a variety of budgets.

Budget edit

  • Cannoli Kitchen, +1 561-338-2929. Pizzas (whole or by the slice-- they often have up to 2 dozen varieties of pizza available by the slice at any one time!), pastas, and other good Italian in addition to the namesake cannoli deserts. Mostly take out or delivery, but they have a small seating section if you want to eat there.
  • Lindburgers – West Boca, 9834 Glades Road, +1 561-218-5557, +1 561-488-9665. Serves over 50 versions of their old-fashioned 7-ounce sirloin burgers. If you've ever tasted a hamburger fried in a cast-iron pan, you have a good idea of what goes on at Lindburgers.
  • Mississippi Sweets, 2399 N. Federal Hwy (Just north of 20th Street on US 1). Reasonably-priced BBQ joint with genuine Southern-style cooking. BBQ is St. Louis-style.
  • Salad Creations, 5250 Town Center Circle Ste. 129. You choose all the ingredients you want in your salad or wrap.
  • Sal's New York Grill, 200 S. Federal Highway, +1 561-392-1969. New York Italian deli and similar dishes, breakfast, lunch, or diner.
  • Sieng House, 1001 S. W. 2nd Avenue, Suite 500 (Just off Camino Real west of Dixie Highway, next to the Walgreens). Good Chinese with extensive menu.
  • Tin Muffin, 364 E Palmetto Park Rd., +1 561-392-9446. Sandwiches, quiches, soups, muffins and desserts served at this small breakfast and lunch restaurant. Outdoor tables and a few indoor tables.
  • Tomasso's Pizza & Italian Restaurant, 1229 West Palmetto Park Road, +1 561-392-8985. A reasonably priced locally-owned pizza chain. Take-out, delivery, and dine in available. Huge slices also!
  • Too Jay's, 2200 West Glades Road, +1 561-392-4181. Old style New York type deli, good quality, generous servings. Original location in Palm Beach; now a small chain around south and central Florida.
  • Sonny's Gelato Cafe, 2151 North Federal Highway. Sonny's offers gelato at a great price and fun and friendly atmosphere. Also Italian cookies, cappuccino, etc.

Mid-range edit

  • Augy's Pizza Board Restaurant, 1501 NW Boca Raton Blvd, +1 561-368-1330. Dozens of daily specials. Local favorite for their stuffed artichoke, baked clams oreganata, along with the snapper Provencal, made with fresh tomatoes, garlic and white wine sauce. Located in East Boca North of Glades Rd on NW 2nd Ave.
  • Bangkok in Boca, 500 Via De Palmas Ste 79, +1 561-394-6912. Casual restaurant with live entertainment and outdoor seating, serving a menu full of rich authentic Thai curries with nearly fat free dishes, using the freshest ingredients in the area. Offering a wide selection of entrees with fresh seafood. Located south of Mizner Park off US1, in the Royal Palm Plaza.
  • Gyromania Grill, 7036 W. Palmetto Park Road; Suite 64, +1 561-288-8737. Greek and healthy and fast food.
  • Coal Mine Pizza, 399 SE Mizner Blvd (Royal Palm Place), +1 561-826-2625. There are 10 specialty pizzas, balsamic coal-baked chicken wings, the Far East Crispy Shrimp, the Tuscan salad, and daily specials.
  • Curries & More, 217 East Palmetto Park Rd, +1 561-392-2599. Indian food in South Florida. For those with nut allergies, selected dishes can be made without cashew sauce.
  • Gary Woo's Asian Bistro, 9874 Yamato Rd, +1 561-483-8889. Unique Chinese restaurant that has real chefs from Chinatown in New York City. If you want authentic New York Chinese food in Boca Raton, you definitely need to check Gary Woo's. The food is fresh and traditional.
  • Houstans, 1900 NW Executive Center Cir. This restaurant offers burgers, salads, and a variety of entrees. It is priced a big higher, but the food and service are both exceptional.
  • Jasmine - Taste of Orient, 7860 Glades Rd, Ste 105, +1 561-483-8888. Chinese restaurant with classic Pekingese specialties elegantly prepared and flavorful such as Peking Duck, lamb in garlic sauce, and honey-roasted ribs.
  • Kagura Japanese Restaurant, 5030 Champion Blvd, Ste D8 (Polo Shoppes), +1 561-241-5958, toll-free: +1 877-632-5487. Specialties: sushi bar with full menu of Japanese cuisine available for dine in, take out and delivery.
  • Lilly's New Cuisine, 451 East Palmetto Park Rd, +1 561-362-0208. Homemade pastas specialties including seafood and sausages for a one of a kind experience.
  • Mario's of Boca, 2200 Glades Rd, +1 561-392-5595. Popular Italian bistro with an extensive menu of Southern and Northern Italian Cuisine for lunch and dinner with a daily lunch buffet. Located next to the Holiday Inn by I-95, Glades Rd and Military Trail with convenient take-out and delivery service.
  • Outback Steakhouse, 6030 S.W. 18th St, +1 561-338-6283. Australian steakhouse concept open for dinner only. Serves beef and steak items, for a good portion of the menu. As well as a variety of chicken, ribs, seafood, and pasta dishes. Located just west of military trail on Sw 18th st. Convenient curbside take-out and delivery service.
  • [formerly dead link]Pizza Fusion, 196 N Federal Highway, +1 561-213-6512, toll-free: +1 877-632-5487. The Pizza Fusion all-natural, gluten-free, organic pie is a slender 28” long and 9” wide and it’s crust is thin and crispy, using 100% all-natural “00” flour imported from Naples, Italy. Topped with locally grown, organic ingredients (when available), baking all ingredients in its soap-stone Roto-flex oven and delivering its delicious meals in Pizza Fusion’s earth-friendly Hybrid delivery vessels.
  • Punjab Indian Restaurant, 1801 N Federal Hwy, +1 561-392-8000. Their lunch menu is extremely affordable and their dinner menu is on par. The lamb tandoori is excellent and can be served mild or spicy. Vegetarian Indian vegan options as well. Located next to the Boca Inn in East Boca just north of Glades Rd.
  • Red's Backwoods BBQ, 1345 W. Palmetto Park Rd (just east of I-95), +1 561-417-0797. BBQ, chicken, ribs, catfish, burgers, steaks and the sweet potato fries are a must.
  • Siam Sea - Japanese Sushi & Thai, 7860 Glades Rd, +1 561-483-3440. Enjoy a tasty curry or fresh sushi at the sushi bar.
  • Steve's Wood Fired Pizza, 9180 Glades Rd, +1 561-483-5665. More than 50 types of freshly-prepared wood-fired brick oven pizza, as well as salads, pasta entrees, salad wraps and desserts. One pizza is enough for one hungry adult.
  • Stir Crazy, 6000 Glades Rd (In Boca Town Center Mall). This restaurant offers Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese food. People are given the option to stir fry food or order from the menu.
  • Sushi Masa Thai Cuisine, 2200 Glades Rd, +1 561-347-0008. Sushi Masa is no mere sushi bar, specializing in Thai and Japanese cuisine. Impressive Thai menu includes Duck curry, seafood garlic, seafood curry, and fried fish with sauce choice, cooked rolls, Pad Thai, a delicious mix of stir fried rice noodles with egg, bean sprouts, ground roasted peanuts, and your choice of chicken, shrimp, beef, veggies, or a combination of your choice. Prices at Sushi Masa are a nice bargain.
  • Sushi Thai Asian Bistro, 100 NE Second St, +1 561-750-4448. The list of sushi covers just about anything you could want, including a large variety of cooked rolls, tamaki and complete sushi/sashimi dinners. Appetizers include deep-fried lemongrass rolls, duck noodle soup, green papaya, tomato and shrimp salad. Favorites include Pad Thai and Pad Woonsen, and a dish called deep blue sea, with scallops, shrimp, mussels, fish and veggies. Just south of Mizner Park in East Boca Raton.
  • Taverna Helios, 2997 East Palmetto Park Rd, +1 561-281-4879. M-Sa noon - 9PM. Good Greek in a casual atmosphere.
  • Watercolors, 999 East Camino Real (In the Boca Raton Bridge Hotel), +1 561-368-9500. Nice restaurant and bar to visit when you want to relax, dance or just enjoy good food in a casual atmosphere. Overlooking Boca Raton inlet.
  • Yucatan Mexican Grill, 525 S Federal Hwy, +1 954-481-9933. Great salsa, great food, good service. Karoke Night Thursdays, 2 for 1 Margaritas.

Splurge edit

  • Abe & Louies, 2200 West Glades Road. This restaurant is known for its fresh seafood, steaks, and fine dining atmosphere.
  • Chops Lobster Bar, 101 Plaza Real S # H, +1 561-395-2675. This restaurant has exceptional food and service, and it consistently ranks as one of the top ten steakhouses in the country. Exquisite seafood flown in fresh daily and the very best USDA prime aged beef are served with style in the warm ambiance of the dark wood dining room. Whether you’re dining for business or pleasure, a meal at Chops is sure to make a lasting impression.
  • Max's Grille in Mizner Park, 404 Plaza Real Mizner Park, +1 561-368-0080. Offers everything from steak to salmon and other great foods. This restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor eating, which is nice for nights when bands perform outside.
  • New York Prime. This hot steakhouse features high-quality beef, fresh seafood, vegetables, and fine wine selections. The high-class ambiance and well-trained staff ensure your dining experience is top notch. Not a good choice for dining with children.
  • Ristorante Bova, 1450 N. Federal Highway (just north of Glades Rd. on Federal Highway in East Boca), +1 561-362-7407. Contemporary upscale Italian Nuovo Classico cuisine.
  • Ruth's Chris, 225 Northeast Mizner Boulevard, +1 561-392-6746. The dining room is fantastic and the food (served a la carte) is exquisite. From the filets to the seafood, everything is a must. The desserts are worth the price.
  • Seasons 52, 2300 N.W. Executive Center Drive, +1 561-998-9952. Seasons 52 is a casually sophisticated grill and wine bar and a seasonally changing as well as health-conscious menu.
  • Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar, 5250 Town Center Circle, +1 561-416-2131. Mexican with a buzz.
  • Roadhouse, 7000 W. Camino Real, +1 561-409-3035. Upscale steakhouse with a full bar. Kosher certified.

Drink edit

Boca Raton doesn't have a very lively downtown area but interspersed throughout the city are some great bars, from local faves to upscale chains.

A slappy dappy clapper is a really great drink after a long day of golfing. The more a drink in Boca sounds like only a dad on vacation would order it, the better it is.

Bars edit

  • Biergarten, 309 Via De Palmas #90, +1 561-395-7462. A German-American themed bar and restaurant serving beers and steins to complement foods like potato pancakes, bratwurst tacos and different kinds of schnitzel.
  • Blue Martini,, 6000 Glades Road, Suite C-1380. This trendy upscale bar sells appetizers in addition to fabulous martinis. Attached to the Boca Raton Town Center Mall.
  • Brewzzi Boca Raton, 2222 Glades Rd, +1 561-392-2739. An Italian American bistro and microbrewery in central Boca. In addition to the 2 for 1 Happy Hour (M-Th 3-6:30PM) serving the award winning beers as well as cocktails, there are also 2 for 1 drinks 9:30PM-close daily. A good place to eat and drink.
  • Packy's Sports Grill, 11379 W Palmetto Park Rd, Suite F, +1 561-482-0052, +1 561-488-9665 (delivery). A warm, family friendly bar that welcomes all NY Jets and NY Giants fans as well as other sports enthusiasts. Plenty to watch with 17 TVs, including 7 satellites. Nightly beer specials including All Day, All Night $2 Pints of Heineken. Karaoke night Thursdays. Tuesday Night kids special, free kids meal with purchase of adult entree. Located in the southeast corner of the Loggers Run Plaza in West Boca Raton.
  • Dubliner Irish Bar, 435 Plaza Real. Located in Mizner Park, the Dubliner is one of the most popular bars in downtown Boca Raton. However, it's in a somewhat small space so the place is almost always packed.
  • Holloway's Pub, 504 Via de Palmas (In Royal Palm Place shopping center in East Boca Raton), +1 561-361-8445. Fun place, very laid back, friendly atmosphere. Live music from Walt Rooney every Friday night, starting at 9PM. Karaoke every Saturday night at 9PM. Lunch served daily, prime rib special on Fridays. Closes at 2AM every night.
  • College Bars
    • [dead link] The Funky Buddha Lounge and Brewery, 2621 North Federal Highway, +1 561-368-464. A college student hotspot, the Funky Buddah has won local awards for Best Beer Bar and Best Hookah Bar. It often hosts Open Mic, comedy shows and local bands.
    • Hooligans, 36 SE 3rd St, +1 561-347-7625. A "venue, bar, lounge" known for tapas-style cuisine and live music, particularly in the reggae and rock genres.
    • The Irishmen, 1745 Northwest Boca Raton Boulevard, +1 561-368-1129. Bills itself as a "neighborhood Irish sports pub" for all but frequented by college students, especially on Mondays for College Night. Occasionally has live entertainment and beer pong tournaments.
    • Nakava Kava Bar, 140 Northwest 20th Street, +1 561-395-9888. Authentic kava bar near Florida Atlantic University. [1]

Clubs edit

  • Club Boca. Located on Palmetto Park Road, this nightclub is the primary spot for dancing in the area. There are certain nights where ladies drink free or are free of charge.
  • [dead link] New York Comedy Club, 8221 Glades Road. Chelsea Lately, Flo Hernandez, and other famous comedians have been known to visit the comedy club.
  • Spin Ultralounge, 346 Plaza Real, +1 561-361-3999. Upscale nightclub in the Mizner Park complex. Best after 10PM.

Sleep edit

Boca Raton Resort, originally opened in 1926 as the Ritz-Carlton Cloister Inn
  • Waterstone Resort & Marina, 999, East Camino Real, toll-free: +1 866-909-BOCA ext 2622 (2622). Overlooking the Boca Raton Inlet by A1A, originally known as the Bridge Hotel, this property is Boca's second-oldest, albeit, fully renovated hotel. Upscale and pet-friendly, offers resort-style accommodations and amenities a short distance from the beach.
  • 1 Boca Resort and Spa, 501 East Camino Real, toll-free: +1 888-491-2622. Spa resort includes the tallest building in the city (and pink stucco, too), world class dining, as well as providing beachfront and intercoastal access with professional golf course. What is now a side wing was Addison Mizner's original 1928 hotel.
  • Embassy Suites - Deerfield Beach, 950 Ocean Drive, +1 954-426-0478.
  • Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel, 2000 NW 19th St, +1 561-368-5252.
  • Boca Raton Marriot at Boca Center, 5150 Town Center Circle, +1 561-392-4600.
  • 2 TownePlace Suites Boca Raton, 5110 NW 8th Avenue (Exit at the Yamato Road exit off of I-95 and head west until you reach NW 8th Ave.), +1 561-994-7232, toll-free: +1 888-236-2427. This hotel offers many amenities including high-speed internet access, a fitness center, and included breakfast served at the adjacent SpringHill Suites Marriott hotel. The extended-stay rooms make this hotel a great choice for any guest needing to stay for a few days or months.
  • Hilton Suites Boca, 7920 Glades Road, +1 561-483-3600. All-suite hotel, located several miles inland from the beach and downtown.
  • 3 Ocean Lodge, 531 N. Ocean Blvd, +1 561-395-7772, . This small, beach-themed hotel offers guests a comfortable location to rest, with dedicated parking spaces, flatscreen televisions, included breakfast, and full kitchenettes. Found directly on the beach, the location and style may be enjoyable to people seeking out a relaxing Florida vacation.
  • 4 Sonesta Select Boca Raton, 2000 NW Executive Center Circle (right off the Glades Road exit of I-95), +1 561-241-7070, toll-free: +1 888-236-2427. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. The hotel's contemporary style offers amenities such as high-speed WiFi, a fitness center, a pool, and meeting space.
  • 5 Hyatt Place Boca Raton, 100 East Palmetto Park Rd (Exit I-95 at Palmetto Park Rd and head eastbound, located in downtown), +1 561-672-7819, . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. Modern hotel. Features a fitness center with ample equipment, and a pool overlooking the streets multiple stories below.

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  • Deerfield Beach is just to the south.
  • Delray Beach, just north of Boca Raton is a sleepy beachfront town with beautiful beaches and a hip inland downtown district with good restaurants.
  • Miami for sports events, fine dining, people watching and more.
  • West Palm Beach is not far away and has its own venues for entertainment.
  • Palm Beach is Boca Raton's predecessor, a half hour's drive up the coast. Great for window-shopping and ogling the spectacular, palatial mansions on the waterfront.
Routes through Boca Raton
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West Palm BeachDelray Beach  N   S  Deerfield BeachMiami
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