For those who know Florida, Boca Raton is synonymous with luxury and extravagance. Recognized today as a prime vacation spot for wealthy Americans, the city was originally intended for farming. In 1884, Tom Rickards bought land bordering Lake Boca Ratone. Hired as a surveyor by the Florida East Coast Railway, he designed the plans for what would become, about forty years later, Boca Raton.
Driven by its buyers and investors, Boca Raton quickly became a popular resort among those who love sun, water sports and luxury hotels. Founded officially in 1925, Boca Raton now has a population of nearly 90,000, including many retirees from the northern United States.
Boca Raton runs along 5 miles of Atlantic coast; the east side, bordered by beautiful beaches, is mainly occupied by resorts while the west side of the city is home to residential and industrial neighborhoods.
clubs and scuba diving complexes. High-end product companies are based there, such as Volvo’s aerospace division, for example. It is no wonder the more well-off wind up in the middle of this huge millionaire’s playground! Even if you are not dripping money, the cultural events and beautiful beaches are still yours to enjoy. The Festival of the Arts BOCA promotes dance, literature, music and the visual arts. Several contemporary art museums will fill your rainy days leaving the sunny days for open-air jazz concerts in Mizner Park. Downtown Boca Raton with its European accents is really something to see. When you have finished sightseeing, take a break in one of the many manicured parks scattered throughout the city. Slip on your Chanel sunglasses and your white “Fedora” and discover sublime Boca Raton!