Boca Raton, or Boca as it is called, is an upscale beach community in southeastern Florida that is the most affluent society in the Sunshine State. Tall buildings hugged by giant palms look out over the ocean while small boats sail toward cotton ball clouds on the horizon, and ornate fountains splash playfully, giggling with a secret joy.
Boca has "exclusive" written all over it with its wealthy country clubs and executive mansions laid out in style. The rich green grass is manicured with love and pride and the streets are spic ?n span. The malls mimic the wealth of the community with upscale shops and grounds that are lavishly attired with lush landscaping, fountains and live entertainment. There are about 219 eateries that cater to nearly every ethnic taste.
Points of interest include Boca Raton Museum of Art and Sports Immortals Museum, dedicated to memorabilia of the greats. Several beachside sites offer a pleasant reprieve from the usual tourist traps ? Spanish River Park, Red Reef Park, and the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.
Water sports, including snorkeling, surfing, fishing, diving, and water skiing, are a favorite in Boca. Polo, golf, tennis, biking, swimming and softball are popular as well. Scuba diving and snorkeling cruises are offered to examine the undersea reefs and wrecks and make for interesting adventures. The city operates several centers that provide excellent facilities for a number of sports --The Swim & Racquet Center (swimming and tennis), Patch Reef Park (softball, soccer, basketball and fitness trail), Red Reef Park (golf and snorkeling) and Sugar Sand Park (roller hockey and nature trails).
Boca, flamboyant in some ways, but charming always, is about 40 miles outside of Miami on I-95 North.