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Boca Raton

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Boca's long history of catering to the well-to-do has given it a snobbish reputation, but looking deeper one can find many terrific features that can be enjoyed on any budget. The city is very safe and enjoys a much higher standard of living than many of its neighbors, giving it a well manicured appearance with many amenities. Moreover, visitors can appreciate the limited nightlife and great beaches any time of year as the city consistently enjoys comfortable weather.
==Get in==
===By air===
* Fort Lauderdale International Airport [http://www.broward.org/airport ], ''FLL'', large airport 20 miles south of Boca in [[Fort Lauderdale]]. This is the more preferred airport over Miami and is accessible by any of the transportations. Shuttles are usually available from airports and taxis are common.
* Palm Beach International Airport [http://www.pbia.org ], ''PBI'', large airport 20 miles north of Boca.
* Private Jet (OneSky Jets)- this airport only caters to certain customers and is very exclusive. [http://www.onesky.com/cities/Boca_Raton.cfm]
* Miami International Airport [http://www.miami-airport.com/], ''MIA'', Miami. (About 45 miles / 55 minutes non-rush hour.)
===By car===
* Interstate 95 - four exits to Boca Raton are Palmetto Park DriveRoad, Glades Road, Yamato Road and Congress Avenue.
* Florida's Turnpike [http://www.floridasturnpike.com] - toll road with lighter traffic and an exit at Glades Road.
* Palm Tran - Palm Beach County's public bus system (http://www.co.palm-beach.fl.us/palmtran/)
===By rail===
* '''Amtrak''', 1300 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, 1-877-632-3788, [http://www.amtrak.com]].
* '''TriRail goes ''' [http://www.tri-rail.com] - a regional commuter rail line connecting Boca Raton to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach Airports. There is a station on Yamato Road just west of I-95. ===By bus===* '''Palm Tran''' [http://www.co.palm-beach.fl.us/palmtran/], Palm Beach County's main public transit system, includes Boca Raton. In particular, the city is connected to others in the county by three major north-south routes: Route 1, on US Highway 1; 2, on Congress Avenue; and 3, on Military Trail.
===By water from the Atlantic Ocean===
==Get around==
* ''' Tri-rail''' [http://www.tri-rail.com/rider_info/system_map.htm] connects to [[Miami]], [[Hollywood (Florida)|Hollywood]], Fort Lauderdale and West Palm. It is underused and thus runs relatively infrequently.
* '''Palm Tran''' [http://www.co.palm-beach.flYour best bet for getting around is by car.us/PALMTRAN/maps_schedules/] buses serves Boca Raton as well as is not particularly friendly to bicycle traffic, the rest public transportation serves a limited portion of Palm Beach County are available. Buses run every 20-45 minutesthe city, depending on and overall it's not a very walkable city outside of the routedowntown area.
*'''Delray Scooter Rental===By car===Boca Raton is a car-friendly city. It is served by Interstate 95, the Florida Turnpike (a toll road), LLC'''and several major thoroughfares including (from east to west), US Highway 1 (561known locally as Federal Highway) 723-4387, Congress Avenue, Military Trail, Jog Road (561known as Powerline Road in the southern portion of the city) , and US 441-5244/State Road 7. Scooter rentals delivered and picked up for Downtown and Beach areas in Boca Raton and Delray BeachState Road A1A provides a scenic drive along the beach.
====Car rentals====* '''Royal Budget''' [http://www.budget.com/] - 251 SW 1st Avenue* '''Hertz''' [http://www.hertz.com/] - 181 NW 13th St, 5150 Town Center Cir, and 3700 Airport Transportation Service & Taxi Cab CompanyRd; (561) 392-9082* ''' National''' [http://www.nationalcar.com/] - 1901 Dixie Hwy1300 NW 1st Ave, Boca Raton(888) 826-6890* '''Enterprise''' [http://www.enterprise.com/] - 19575 State Road 7 Ste 1, FL 33432 (561) 809852-8871 is a commonly used transportation service in Boca Raton.0031 and 108 NW 3rd St, (561) 750-9700
Your best bet ===By bus==='''Palm Tran''' [http://www.co.palm-beach.fl.us/palmtran/] buses serve Boca Raton. There is to rent a car to get aroundmajor transfer location at the Town Center Mall, located on Glades Road near Military Trail. Buses cost $1.50 per trip (75 cents for students, seniors, the disabled and veterans) and run every 20-45 minutes, depending on the route.  ===By bike or foot===As mentioned above, Boca Raton is not particularly friendly walkable, but it is perfectly safe to bicycle trafficwalk or bike short distances. The El Rio trail, the public transportation serves east of I-95, is a limited portion of the cityshared-use trail that is somewhat scenic, and overall it's but not particularly convenient from a traveling standpoint. There are very walkable few bike racks in the city outside of the downtown area, and most are small.
==See==
** '''Caldwell Theatre Company.''' 7901 North Federal Highway. 561-241-7432. Located on the west side of Federal Highway of north Boca Raton, the Caldwell Theatre Company opened its doors in December 1975 at the suggestion of James R. Caldwell, inventor of the rubber dustpan and founder of the Rubbermaid Corporation. Over the course of 34 years and four different locations, including its now permanent location in the Count de Hoernle Theatre, the Caldwell has been called South Florida’s “Cinderella Theatre” and Boca Raton’s “Jewel in the Crown.” [http://www.caldwelltheatre.com]
==SchoolsLearn==
* '''Florida Atlantic University''' - Located along Glades Road (exit from I-95). Serving over 30,000 students, FAU is the largest university in Boca Raton and home to several Division I athletics programs. Notable features include on-campus football and basketball stadiums, a medical school, an art house movie theater and two university art galleries. (http://www.fau.edu/)
* '''Lynn University''' - Located on Military Rd (exit Yamato from I-95). Private college serving nearly 3,000 students known for its diverse population, aeronautics program, music conservatory and exceptional Division II athletes. (http://www.lynn.edu/)
* '''Palm Beach State College''' (previously known as Palm Beach Community College) - Located on the campus of Florida Atlantic University and serving approximately 15,000 students[http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/x11718.xml] at its Boca campus, Palm Beach State College offers a variety of classes including continuing education courses. (http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/)
* '''Digital Media Arts College''', more commonly known as DMAC, is a private arts college that focuses on programs in Animation, Game Art Design, Graphic Design, Advertising Design and Visual effects animation. (http://www.dmac.edu)
** Intracoastal - tour by boat, during the holidays or for special events, boat tours are available and captains will gladly drive you and your guests down the intercoastal. Tours are also available for sight seeing and a guided one to view celebrity houses from the water.
** ''' Mizner Park''', 433 Plaza Real,(561) 362-0606. [http://www.miznerpark.com/html] Mizner Park has unique boutiques, sumptuous eateries, energizing music and inspiring art. It's an interesting place to walk around for a couple hours. This upscale shopping plaza is basically the crux of the otherwise dull Boca Raton downtown area.
** Professional Sports in the area Boca - There are no professional teams in Boca Raton, Palm Beach County's only college sports, which are the main attraction here. Pro teams can be found within an hourmen's drive: Miami Dolphins football (36.9 mi)professional lacrosse team, the Florida Panthers hockey (30.5 mi)Launch, Miami Heat basketball play their home games at FAU Stadium (48http://www.1 mi) and Florida Marlins baseball (36floridalaunchlacrosse.9 micom). Also consider the Royal Palm Polo Sports Complex (7.1 mi) where some of the world's top polo players play during the months of (Jan-Apr), as Boca Raton is known as the winter capital. Watching greyhound racing at the Palm Beach Kennel Club (24.4 mi) is also an option; as is the Dania Jai-Alai (29.6 mi) at Dania Beach.
** '''Spanish River Beach''' - Easily the most popular beach, especially for younger crowds. Residents and tourists typically take Spanish River Blvd east towards A1A road and parallel park along NE Spanish River Blvd or at nearby Spanish River Park.
Boca has a deserved "ritzy" reputation, but good food can be found for a variety of budgets.
 
===Grocery Stores===
 
* '''Whole Foods Market''', 1400 Glades Rd, Boca Raton Florida 33431, (561) 447-0000, [http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/bocaraton]. Full service corporate health food and grocery store.
 
* '''Joseph's Classic Market''', 5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33486, (561) 347-2314, [http://josephsclassicmarket.com/]. Gourmet Italian market with a Brooklyn influence.
 
* '''The Fresh Market''', 20409 S State Rd 7, Boca Raton, FL 33498, [http://www.thefreshmarket.com/directions?store=115/]. Like Whole Foods, but not quite as corporate.
===Budget===
* '''Tomasso's Pizza & Italian Restaurant''', 1229 West Palmetto Park Road. (561) 392-8985. [http://www.tomassos-pizza.com/]. A reasonably priced locally-owned pizza chain. Take-out, Delivery, and dine in available. Huge slices also!
*'''Too Jay's ''' 2200 West Glades Road. [http://www.toojays.com/index.html] Old style New York type deli, good quality, generous servings. Original location in Palm Beach; now a small chain around south and central Florida. Tel (561) 392-4181
Snacks:
* ''' Cold Stone Creamery''', 2200 W. Glades Road, (561) 391-6966 or Delivery (561) 488-9665, [http://www.coldstonecreamery.com]. Branch of Kosher Certified. Offering the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience. Ice Cream, Ice Cream Cakes, Shakes, and Smoothies the Way You Want Itcertified national ice cream chain.
* '''Sonny's Gelato Cafe''', 2151 North Federal Highway, [http://www.realgelato.com/]. Sonny's offers gelato at a great price and fun and friendly atmosphere. Also Italian cookies, capucino, etc.
"* '''The Gelato Shoppe Petrini"''', 8177 Glades Road [http://thegelatoshoppe.com/]. Offers wide range of authentic Italian gelato and a reasonable lunch menu (mon-friday, 11AM to 3PM only). Coffees, belgian Belgian waffles offered from 11AM to 10PM. 561-488-3070. Closed Friday evenings until Saturday evenings. Kosher Certified ORB.
===Mid-range===
***'''The Irishmen'''. 1745 Northwest Boca Raton Boulevard Boca Raton, FL 33432.(561) 368-1129. Bills itself as a "neighborhood Irish sports pub" for all but frequented by college students, especially on Mondays for College Night. Occasionally has live entertainment and beer pong tournaments. [http://irishmenboca.com/]
***'''Nakava Kava Bar'''. 140 Northwest 20th Street Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 395-9888. Authentic kava bar near Florida Atlantic University. [http://www.nakava.com/]
***'''Night Owl'''. 497 NE 20th St Boca Raton, FL 33431. (561) 245-1048. College bar down the street from FAU.
 
* Clubs
**'''Club Boca''' - Located on Military Trail, this nightclub is the primary spot for dancing in the area. There are certain nights where ladies drink free or are free of charge.
**'''New York Comedy Club''' - 8221 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33434 (http://www.nyccboca.com/) Chelsea Lately, Flo Hernandez, and other famous comedians have been known to visit the comedy club.
**'''Spin Ultralounge''' - 346 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432. 561-361-3999. Upscale nightclub in the Mizner Park complex. Best after 10 PM.
==Sleep==
The Hilton Suites Boca Raton hotel, an all suite hotel, is in the heart of beautiful Boca Raton, Florida among a six acre lakeside complex surrounded by shopping and dining.
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==Get out==
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