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Red Reef Park - Boca Raton, FL
Pictures from a visit to the beach in Red Reef Park located at 1400 N. State Road A1A in Boca Raton Florida.

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Elevated Boardwalk
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Sand Dune Crossing

 
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Red Reef Park

Red Reef Park is a 67 acre oceanfront park located in the picturesque city of Boca Raton at 1400 North SR A1A.

The park also includes the Gumbo Limbo Environmental Education Center that covers 20 acres. Some of the attractions within the Gumbo Limbo center include large aquariums with a variety of sea life, classrooms, displays, a forty foot high observation tower, a scenic boardwalk and a butterfly garden.

The Red Reef Park features picnicking areas, swimming, snorkeling, abundant wildlife, great bird watching opportunities, surf fishing, lifeguards, a very clean beach with soft sand, and an active artificial reef.

We visited the park in the late afternoon on a weekday which explains why there are only a few other beachgoers in my pictures. Naturally, on weekends, there is more of a crowd.


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Tropical Hammock

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Palm Tree & Coconuts

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Clear Blue Skies
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The park's hours of operation are from 8:00 AM till 10:00 PM seven days a week. The Gumbo Limbo center is open from 9am to 4pm Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4pm on Sunday. The price of admission into the park is $16 during the week and $18 on weekends. If you live in Palm Beach County, or in the city of Boca Raton then you can purchase an annual parking pass for $31.25. The parking permits can be obtained at City Hall, the Boca Raton Community Center, the City Hall Annex, the James A. Rutherford Community Center at Patch Reef Park, or at the Sugar Sand Park Community Center.
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Lifeguard Station
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The Goodyear Blimp
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Tranquil Beach
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People Snorkeling Reef
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Golden Brown Sand
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Ocean Barnacles
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Crustacean Shells
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Moon Jellyfish
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Late Afternoon Shadows
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Artificial Reef & Rocks
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Bright Red Reef
We eventually plan to visit the Red Reef Park again to go snorkeling right from the beach and explore the artificial reef. I've read that you can see a nice variety of tropical sea life including stingrays, turtles, eels, jellyfish, barracudas, coral heads, parrot fish, blue tangs, sergeant majors, snappers, grouper, lobster and even an occasional manatee. I've also read that the best snorkeling experience is at high tide when most of the rocks are covered in water.



 

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Reddish Orange Reef
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I'm looking forward to getting some great pictures of the colorful tropical fish that live around the reef with my Canon SD700 IS and it's WP-DC5 underwater case. I bought the case after I saw the mediocre images that a disposable UW camera produced on our Cancun Spring Break trip.
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Crystal Clear Blue Water
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Beach Information Sign
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Waves Crashing
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Large Shade Tree
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Bench Under Palm Tree
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Body & Feet Showers
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Restroom Facilities
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Sidewalk & Parking Lot
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Kid's Playset
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Children's Playground
For more South Florida fun, check out some of my other picture galleries such as Ft. Lauderdale Beach, Sun Fest, Flamingo Gardens, the Biscayne Lady Yacht Tour, Markham Park, South Beach Miami, the Fairchild Mango Festival, the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, the American Orchid Society, and the Everglades Holiday Park.

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