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  Boca Raton, Florida is a city on Florida Treasure Coast whose name is synonymous with wealth and leisure. This city of 80,000  offers visitors beautiful beaches, shopping, restaurants, museums and a  variety of entertainments. The warm year-round climate and ever-present  sunshine makes Boca Raton a community that visitors of all ages can  enjoy.

The Tequesta Indians were the first to inhabit the area of Florida that would become Boca Raton. However, it was the Spanish explorers that gave the city its name. The name Boca Raton comes from the Spanish boca, meaning ”mouth” and raton, meaning ”mouse” or ”rat” These words  were used in sailing terms to mean an inlet with jagged rocks. This name was found on old maps of the Florida coast.
Intra Coastal Waterway, Boca Raton, Florida


  The first person to settle the area was a man named T.M. Rickards who built a house of driftwood in 1895 and began to sell land in the area. When  the railway came in the 1800s, the area was opened up to settlers and  entrepreneurs. Japanese immigrants came to the area in 1905. The town  was incorporated in 1925, when the Florida land boom was at its peak.  Architect Addison Mizner chose Boca Raton as the place to build a  world-class resort community. As land prices fell, the town became known for the agricultural produce that was grown in the surrounding area.  Florida Atlantic University and IBM came to the area and provided  educational and employment opportunities.. Over the decades, the city of Boca Raton grew into the prestigious community it is today.

  Sugar Sand Park offers a fun time for families with nature trails, a  carousel, a science playground and science exploratorium. Red Reef Park  is an oceanfront park with swimming, camping, fishing, snorkeling and  nature trails. The Coconut Cover Waterpark offers a wave pool, water  slides, tube slide and kiddie pools.

  Mizner Park offers an urban setting with upscale dining, movies, amphitheater  and shopping. Try the Town Center Mall for your favorite stores, like  Macy's, Nordstrom's, Saks and Bloomingdale’s. Downtown Boca Baton has a  number of specialty shops and boutiques for your shopping pleasure.

The Boca Raton Museum of Art houses collections of modern, African Tribal  and Pre-Columbian art for visitors. Try a night hike at the Daggerwing  Nature Center to learn more about the wild inhabitants of the Boca Raton area. Or try your skills on any of the areas golf courses for an  enjoyable day in Florida’s famous sunshine.



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