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Boca Raton - Orlando / Florida Guide

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You always need a car in Florida and having a car gives you the opportunity to take highway 1 due south from West Palm Beach to Boca Raton.

The ride down highway one is typical of America, you pass through many small-medium sized towns of low level buildings that can be much of a much ness.

The plan was to reach Boca Raton and then drive back along the coast, it proved to be an inspired choice.

26 miles south of Palm Beach,40 miles north of Miami,21 miles north of Fort Lauderdale and one of Florida’s most expensive and well maintained cities.

Boca Raton is Spanish for (mouth of the rat) hardly, was little more than a place on the map until Henry M Flagler extended his railroad from West Palm Beach through Boca Raton to Miami in 1895.

Boca Raton is the cultural center of south Florida with the Mizner museum (Addison Mizners arrival in 1918 changed the region and specifically Boca Raton for ever) He was a self taught architect, eccentric and magnet for high society and for health reasons moved to Palm beach from New York at the recommendation of his friend Paris Singer (heir to the sewing machine fortune) together they built the swanky everglades club in Palm Beach which was just the start and the rest is history, as this led to commissions from the areas elite for Mizner to design their great mansions.

Mizner then ventured to Boca Raton as his future lay there and together they purchased 17,500 acres of Bocan Raton property and proceeded to create what they called the greatest resort in the world.

The Cloister inn which would eventually become the world famous Boca Raton resort and club founded in 1926 which now houses five pools, jogging trails, cycling trails, 30 clay tennis courts, two 18 hole Jack Nicklaus golf courses plus classes in boating, boxing and even yoga. Along with seriously good restaurants.

There are many designer outlets here and a wonderful shopping center, but the shear colours of the hibiscus, bougainvillea and cycads with wonderful manicured gardens set against the vivid colours of the red, mauve and purple buildings in definition is a lasting memory.

Once again it is a very affluent area with marinas of immaculately kept white boats gently bobbing up and down on blue waters.

Boca Raton will always be remembered for its vivid colours and defined manicured gardens, well worth a visit, a jewel of south Florida.

It is definatly on our list to return and I can hardly waitJ

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