The Ultimate Guide to Boca Raton Beaches

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Boca Raton is home to some of the most beautiful beach strands found anywhere in the world. With so much to do in every corner of the map, Boca Raton beaches still encompass a significant piece of your recreational puzzle. We've written about Boca Raton beaches before, but we've never put a guide together as wholly complete as what's written below. The Champagne & Parisi team loves to make life easier for families moving to Boca Raton. Our growing resource page and blog are some of the best ways to give access to the key information you need. Read on below to learn what you need to know before visiting one of Boca Raton's best beaches.

South beach park

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South Beach Park is one of the premier central beaches in Boca Raton. This park offers more in the basics - a beautiful strand of swimming space, open sand, and picturesque walkways. For those looking for more of a traditional beach day, South Beach Park is one of the best beaches in Boca Raton to do just that.

  • Location: 400 N State Road A1A Boca Raton, FL 33432
  • Hours: 8 AM - Sundown, 7 days a week
  • Pets: No pets are allowed at South Beach Park.
  • Lifeguards: Lifeguards are on duty from 9 AM - 5 PM year round. 
  • Nature: The plurality of South Beach Park's plant life is populated by entrenched, salt-resistant species like sea oats and mangroves. These plants are protected by designated walkways, as these plants are essential to protect against beach erosion. South Beach Park is noted for its wide display of small birds, but also for its larger wading birds such as herons, spoonbills, and egrets found on the oceanside. 
  • Camping: No camping. South Beach Park is a day-use area.
  • Fishing: Surfcasting is permitted, but is restricted in designated swimming areas and limited to certain hours.
  • Facilities: There are no picnic tables, gazebos, or grills at South Beach Park. 

spanish river park

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Spanish River Park is a one-stop for outdoor recreation. As one of the most feature-rich parks in Boca Raton, this beautiful 95-acre property has something for everyone.

  • Location: 3001 N State Road A1A Boca Raton, FL 33431
  • Hours: 8 AM - Sunset daily
  • Pets: Spanish River Park features one of the area's only dog beaches. The Spanish River Park Dog Beach is open between towers 18-20 on Friday through Sunday, 7 AM - 9 AM, and 3 PM - Sunset. 
  • Lifeguards: Lifeguards are on duty from 9 AM - 5 PM year round. 
  • Nature: Spanish River Park features a sprawling 95 acres of inland deciduous woods and shimmering beachside. Parts of the park overlook the Intracoastal waterways, while other areas are on the precipice of the beach. Spanish River is perfect for birdwatching, hiking, kayaking, and more.
  • Camping: Spanish River Park has long been a popular camping destination for people visiting Boca Raton. In addition to the allure to out of towners, Spanish River Park has played host to scouting, church, and outdoor-interested groups.
  • Fishing: Fishing can be enjoyed along the Intracoastal waterways, and in other designated areas away from swimmers and dog beaches. *License Required *
  • Facilities: Spanish River Park has it all - a boat dock, picnic tables & gazebos, a playground, campground, nature trails, public restrooms, and more.

red reef park

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Red Reef Park is one of the ultimate snorkeling destinations on Florida's entire east coast. Situated just north of Palmetto Park Rd. on A1A, this park is a perfect place to take the entire family. There is plenty of open beach space, shaded areas, developed pathways, and of course, the wildlife that has gathered around the manmade reef.

  • Location: 1400 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432
  • Hours: 8 AM - 10 PM 
  • Pets: No Pets are allowed in Red Reef Park
  • Lifeguards: No lifeguards are present on the premises.
  • Nature: Red Reef Park is renowned as the premier snorkeling destination among all of Boca Raton's Beaches. Red Reef Park features across-the-street parking and walkways directly to the beach, with plenty of open space to lay out and get sun. While Red Reef Park features a beautiful set of walkways and open skies for gulls and seabirds to gather, the true beauty lies beneath the waves.  
  • Camping: There is no camping available at Red Reef Park. 
  • Fishing: Surfcasting is available. Please be mindful of swimmers!
  • Facilities: Red Reef Park features a long network of boardwalks, picnic tables, and a shaded dining area adjoining the beach. At the edge of the park bordering the outlet of the Intracoastal is a manmade rock jetty separating the waterway from the beach at large.

Bark Park Dog Beach

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Bark Park is one of two main dog friendly beaches in Boca Raton. Bark Park is located within Spanish River Park as part of the broader array of activities afforded by the sprawling, talismanic natural preserve in the heart of Boca Raton.

  • Location: 3001 N. State Road A1A, Boca Raton, FL 33487, between Lifeguard Towers 18-20
  • Hours: Friday's & Saturday's 7 AM - 9 AM, 3 PM - Sunset. Sunday's, 7 AM - 9 PM, 5 PM - Sunset
  • Pets: Yes! Please check the link above for a full list of responsibilities and costs associated.
  • Nature: All the fun you'd expect from a beautiful, open, Boca Raton beach, with plenty more four-legged friends around to liven things up!
  • Lifeguards: There are lifeguards nearby, but Bark Park Dog Beach sits between towers 18 and 20.
  • Camping: No camping is permitted at Bark Park Dog Beach
  • Fishing: No fishing is permitted.
  • Facilities: The facilities are limited to the beach itself. Permits can be purchased at a number

BOCA INLET PARK 

starfish on beautiful beach

Boca Inlet Park and South Inlet Park are part of the broader beach strands that allow for a variety of activities, unlike certain Boca Raton beaches geared towards specific activities. Boca Inlet Park offers 11.1 acres of amenities to cover the majestic beach space. For families, Boca Inlet Park offers 850 feet of lifeguard coverage, picnic pavilions, showers, and even beach wheelchair service.

  • Location: 1100 S. Ocean Boulevard Boca Raton, Florida 33432
  • Hours: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Pets: Not permitted
  • Camping: No overnight camping is permitted
  • Fishing: Fishing is permitted away from guarded swimming areas
  • Facilities: Boca Inlet Park features picnic tables and grills, a rentable pavilion, outdoor showers, restrooms, a playground, and optional beach-access wheelchairs. 

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