Boca Raton is one of the best places to live in sunny South Florida. With our year round beach weather, top-rated restaurants and shops, and vibrant community, there’s truly something for everyone to enjoy here. To help show our love for the place we call home, and to assist others looking to move here, we put together this list of the things we think you should know before moving to Boca Raton!
Boca Raton has absolutely stunning beaches to choose from. South Beach Park is located more to the South and is closer to Downtown (although the noises and sights of downtown are nowhere to be found after you cross the bridge to A1A, just beautiful beachside remains). South Beach has a playground out front, two pavilions to relax under, and miles of gorgeous coastline. South Beach has limited metered parking, so if you don’t have a beach pass, it is our recommendation to get there earlier in the day on the weekends, or park a bit further at one of the local businesses that offers free parking, and take a short walk to the beach.
Spanish River Beach just a little further North up A1A has multiple pavilions with barbeque grills, a large playground, and lots of parking. Spanish River Beach also has hours where it becomes a designated dog beach, whereas South Beach does not allow pets.
If you plan on being a beach bum for most of the year, we recommend getting a Boca Beach Pass, but be aware that you might pay a different price for your beach pass depending on where you live in Boca Raton. Yearly beach passes can be purchased at any of the places listed here, and passes need to be renewed in October of every year, regardless of when you bought the pass. It does not give you a full calendar year of access from when you bought the pass.
Our tip for the best beach experience would be to look up the beach conditions before you make your trip, so no trip is ruined by a “surfers only” flag when you arrive. It is also worth noting that you need to obtain a fishing license in order to fish at our beaches!
On any given afternoon or weekend, as long as the sun is shining, you’ll see people out and about, enjoying all manner of outdoor activities. From our stellar parks and playgrounds like Sugar Sand Park and Patch Reef Park, to our natural attractions like Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and Morikami Museum and Gardens, to taking advantage of our beautiful surroundings by going kayaking, paddleboarding, or even for a bike ride or a walk down A1A, there’s something for everyone here in the great outdoors of Boca Raton.
Boca Raton Festival of the Arts
The Festival of the Arts is a yearly event that takes place in Mizner Park. The festival prides itself on giving the public a cultural arts education, introducing new audiences to wonderful music, and giving young people the chance to learn from the greats in their master classes and open rehearsals.
The Delray Affair
The Delray Affair is an annual arts and crafts festival where you can admire and purchase pieces from hundreds of artisans. Located just a short drive away in Delray Beach, this free event has been going on for almost 60 years. Here you can listen to live music, grab some delicious food, and browse the myriad of work from talented artists and craftspeople.
Sunfest is a yearly art and music festival that takes place in West Palm Beach, and is held right on the waterfront every first week in May. Past performers have included Bebe Rexha, Logic, Nick Jonas, Blink-182, Train, Hozier, Sammy Hagar, and many, many more!
There’s no shortage of fine dining to choose from in Boca! From breakfast to dessert, Boca provides a stellar variety of restaurants and cuisines at every price point. If you’re interested in farm-to-table style dining there’s The Farmer’s Table, for freshly made frozen custard there’s Whit’s Custard, and for delicious italian, there’s Casa D’Angelo. For more of our team’s favorites, click here.
In Boca, you can truly shop ‘til you drop. Between the beautifully modern Town Center Mall and the shops at Mizner Park, you’ll find everything you need! With a great variety of local boutiques and larger stores, there’s a place to suit every need either right around the corner or a short drive away. If you’re interested in outlet shopping (or just seeing all that these sprawling malls have to offer) you can hop in the car and check out Sawgrass Mills Mall to the South, or the Palm Beach Outlets to the North.
By living so close to the beach, the residents of Boca Raton are graced with a gorgeous sea breeze that truly helps break up those hot summer days. While we have year-round beach weather, we do recommend always keeping an umbrella handy, as the summer brings the rainy season, and always has an afternoon thunderstorm in store for us.
If you’re nervous about hurricane season, some helpful things to look out for when choosing a home (or choosing how to prepare your home) are impact windows, shutters, if the home has a generator, and where the home sits in the FEMA flood map. Thankfully, Boca hasn’t had a major hurricane in over 10 years; the residents here are very familiar with hurricane season protocol, and tend to keep a level head when storm paths might come near.
Have any questions about moving to Boca, or need help finding the perfect place for you or your family? We’re here to help! You can contact us through the “contact” tab at the far right at the top of the page, or you can email us at [email protected], or call (561) 843-0918.