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Boca Raton: A City for All Seasons

With miles of public beaches and a year round temperate climate, Boca Raton (locals says Boca Ratone) epitomizes the outdoor southern Florida lifestyle. While just 40 miles north of Miami, Boca Raton has none of the traffic headaches associated with a major metropolis.

As a rule of thumb for getting around Florida, take the I-95 (with a Sunpass) if you’re in a hurry, but drive the meandering A1A with beautiful views of the Atlantic if you have time. The drive south on the A1A into Boca from Palm Beach is especially scenic.

Many buildings in Boca Raton have a Mediterranean Revival or Spanish Mission architectural theme. In the winter of 1918, architect Addison Mizner brought the Mediterranean style to his first Florida commission, the Everglades Club in Palm Beach, for his friend, sewing machine heir, Paris Singer. Addison Mizner was also the visionary behind the planned development of Boca Raton.

Mizner’s Mediterranean style, which utilized stone, tile and stucco, was a better match for Florida’s semi-tropical climate (and threat of hurricanes) than the wooden shingle-style resort architecture imported from the Northeast.

The Boca Raton Resort & Spa
The Boca Raton Resort & Spa

Don’t miss seeing the jewel in Mizner’s crown, The Boca Raton Resort & Club or as locals know it, The Pink Hotel. It first opened in February 1926, as The Ritz Cloister Inn. The beautiful, one of a kind interiors offer a glimpse into the hotel’s storied past.

Things to do

The Wick Theater & Costume Museum

The Wick Theater and Costume Museum
The Wick Theater and Costume Museum

Fans will enjoy seeing movie and stage costumes up close and personal, from productions as diverse as Titanic, Dick Tracy and Les Liasons Dangereux. Marilynn Wick, CEO of Costume World, a national retailer and renter of theatrical costumes, bought The Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton to house her enormous collection of original Broadway costumes. She also gained a 333-seat auditorium in the deal and produces popular Broadway musicals like South Pacific.

Boca Raton Museum of Art

Boca Raton Museum of Art
Boca Raton Museum of Art

Art lovers will be thrilled to find The Boca Raton Museum of Art at the north end of Mizner Park. The Museum features travelling exhibitions as well as an extensive permanent collection, from The Old Masters to contemporary artists. Don’t miss the sculpture gardens.

Where to eat

Max’s Grille

Max's Grille
Max’s Grille

Dine al fresco from a fresh contemporary bistro menu at Max’s Grille on Mizner Park. Perfect for people watching.

Where to stay

The Waterstone Resort and Marina

You’re a short walk to the beach at The Waterstone Resort and Marina. The newly renovated hotel has 139 guest rooms, all with private balconies overlooking either the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway or Lake Boca.

The Waterstone Resort & Marina Bar area
The Waterstone Resort & Marina Bar area

The contemporary polished chrome against whitewashed teak millwork both indoors and out creates a seamless transition between the main floor and waterfront promenade. Easy access to water activities that include paddleboards, reef snorkeling trips, fishing charters, boat rentals, surfing lessons, jet skis, and ocean kayaks.

Boca Beach Club

Located on the Atlantic Ocean with a mile of private beach, Boca Beach Club is the sister property of The Boca Raton Resort and Spa, just a short shuttle ride away.

Boca Beach Club
Boca Beach Club

Popular with young families for a wealth of water activities, guests of Boca Beach Club are also entitled to use the facilities at The Boca Raton Resort and Spa, including an outdoor Flow Rider surf machine.

Key West and the Florida Keys

Traveling to Key West and the Florida Keys?

Hovercraft service departs Fort Myers daily for the four-hour scenic trip. A non-stop flight will take about an hour from Miami. If you’re driving, motorists can obtain a drive-along CD that narrates the 126-mile journey from Miami to Key West on US1.
Key West:
Check into the Poolside rooms at The Wicker Guesthouse
Eat The hogfish tacos and guava-pina colada bread pudding at the Hogfish Bar and Grill
Drink at Sloppy Joe’s Bar
A kayak nature tour at Lazy Dog Adventures
The sunset ceremonies and the Sebago sunset booze cruise
Take advantage of $10.00 bike rentals
Play the $50.00 twilight rates at the renovated Rees-Jones designed golf course
Middle and Upper Keys:
Check into the Ocean Pointe Suites Resort with winter specials from $84.00
Eat :
Pizza at the No Name Pub on No Name Key (home to 65,000 decorated one dollar bills)
Pumpkin and pecan pancakes at the Key Largo Conch House
Learn to paddle surf with Mike and Shana at Otherside Watersports on Key Islamorada
Visit The National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key and the Bahia Honda State Park
For more info/trip planning contact www.fla-keys.com or