Information & Facts
Boca Raton Resort and Club offers so many sport and leisure
activities for its guests that few have the time or inclination to
venture out of the resort itself. The holiday resort of Boca Raton
has its own private beach offering a wide variety of watersports.
The city's two miles (three km) of public beaches, however, are
equally magnificent and well equipped. The quietest and prettiest
beach is South Beach, half a mile long, and backed by the scenic
South Beach Park. Families enjoy the action on the Delray municipal
beach, popular for surfing, windsurfing, volleyball and boating and
equipped with restrooms, lifeguards and adjacent restaurants. There
are a few attractions in the area worth making excursions for,
especially the Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex. Keen shoppers
should visit Palm Beach to explore Worth Avenue. The many
attractions of Fort Lauderdale and Miami are also within day-trip
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
Boca Raton may be considered too pretentious and 'snobby' by
those who do not court high society. It is not a good place to
visit unless you have a fat wallet and a gold credit card.
Nightlife in Boca Raton is not a synonym for partying or disco
dancing. Evening activity centres around leisurely dining or
sipping cocktails in stylish bars like Gigi's Tavern. Mizner Park
is the venue of choice with some restaurants offering live music
and dancing. In less swanky Delray Beach the club scene is a little
livelier, with Boston's a long standing favourite, often with live
Boca Raton is a gourmet's paradise, with hundreds of restaurants
both within the resort complex and downtown offering an
extraordinary range of dining options and international influences.
The city's discerning residents and visitors ensure that it is well
nigh impossible for a bad restaurant to survive here, so culinary
excellence and quality service are virtually guaranteed. One of the
best restaurants is La Vieille Maison, which has been serving
French cuisine in Boca for over 25 years. Fine dining in Boca and
environs is expensive, but there are more economic options for
those on a budget in the food court at the Town Center Mall, or at
adjacent Delray Beach where, for example, Lucille's BBQ on Linton
Boulevard serves up generous platters of traditional favourites at
A great reason to venture into downtown Boca Raton while on
holiday is to see and be seen in the precincts of Mizner Park, one
of the world's most exclusive shopping centres. Characteristically
Spanish/Gothic and painted Mizner's ubiquitous pink, the centre is
a worthy sight even without its 45 speciality shops and half-dozen
superb restaurants. Luxury cars parked outside give an indication
of the status of most of the shoppers who drift from shop to shop
beside manicured gardens in this outdoor mall on Federal Highway.
South of Glades Road is Boca Raton's Town Center Mall, home of
seven major department stores including Bloomingdale's and Saks
Fifth Avenue. Interspersed are dozens of speciality shops, a huge
food court and numerous restaurants.