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  • Writer's pictureVic F.

Where to beach when visiting Boca Raton

Updated: Jan 29

One of the great features of Boca Raton is the miles of beachside parks. In 1966 Boca Raton began the process of acquiring the land that would become Spanish River Park, Red Reef Park, and South Beach Park. Today these parks are open to visitors to the area free of charge for sunbathing and swimming. There is a charge for parking. Many residents walk from their homes to these parks on a daily basis. They are all beautiful and each park has unique differences.

Spanish River Park is the perfect place to take a stroll along the intracoastal before or after a day enjoying the surf and sand. This park boasts some absolutely beautiful natural trails through waterside forest. A quiet walk through the trees will put you in a calm state of mind. There is also camping and picnicking available at this park.

Spanish River park is also home to Bark Park, a beachside dog park. This park is heaven on earth for dog lovers. Where else can you easily enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches in the world with your very good boy and like minded beach and dog loving new friends? Permits are required and available for a fee to both residents and non-residents.

Red Reef Park is roughly 40 acres of pristine beachside park. This is the place to go for snorkeling. The water is typically crystal clear and the fish are abundant due to the close to shore reef. It is perfect for a family day at the beach.

Red Reef Park is also home to the Alan C. Alford Red Reef Family Golf Course. This 9 hole waterfront gem is a truly family friendly golf course. It's holes range up to 227 yards with jaw dropping views of both the ocean and intracoastal. Cart rentals and a practice putting green are available.

South Beach Park Pavilion is located at the end of Palmetto Park Road. This widely used beach park provides access to a frequently updated beach cam. You can check the conditions before heading over to this easily accessible surf spot. Watch or join in with some of south florida's best surfers on storm swell days. This park is great for everyone looking for a well rounded beach experience including good old fashioned sun bathing.

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