Discover Daycations In Your Backyard

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By: Michele Bellisari Contributing Writer

What is a “daycation” anyway? Here is what Urban Dictionary says: A day trip. A day long vacation. simply says: a day trip or one-day vacation. My favorite definition is from Wikipedia which calls it a holistay where you stay at home and participate in leisure activities within driving distances of where you live.

We are fortunate to live in an area where Boca Raton and Delray Beach offer a plethora of activities, parks, places, spaces and events to choose from. We are also lucky to live within an hour of many great cities and towns in South Florida like Miami, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood just to name a few.

If you want to get adventurous you could even take a ride to Key Largo for the day…for lunch. Snooks, Snappers, The Big Chill and Sundowners are a few of our faves and trust me I have done Key Largo in a day! From Boca it is typically no more than a two hour drive.

The #SoooBoca squad likes things on a shoestring budget so we look for destinations that are not expensive and that offer an experience whether that is simply biking to the beach, spending time at a local lake or relaxing with a good book at one of the great parks we have like Anchor Park or Atlantic Dunes Park in Delray.

One other idea is to take to the waterway and enjoy a lunch tour via Delray Yacht Cruises that launch from Veterans Park on East Atlantic Avenue.

We also love to visit some of the beautiful fountains around Boca in Sanborn Square, Mizner Park and Royal Palm Place. Plan a day around getting to know Downtown Boca and then visit the Boca Historical Society and Museum.

Perhaps the beach is on your mind…rent a bike or take your own to one of the many beautiful Boca and Delray beaches. Hit up one of the local restaurants on Palmetto Park Road like The Tin Muffin or Boca Beach House, grab some take-out for a beach picnic and relax with your toes in the sand.

If art is your jam plan your own Boca/Delray “art walk” to kick off your holistay! Start at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, have a coffee on Atlantic Ave, then head up to The Heart of Delray Gallery.

Another option is to buzz up to The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, then hit up Elizabeth Ave and Grandview Public Market, grab a bite at Restoration Hardware at their fabulous rooftop restaurant and then head over to Palm Beach to people watch, shop and explore some of the famous “Aves” like Worth Avenue!

Lastly…hotel day passes! There are many hotels up and down our South Florida coast that offer a day pass. You can lounge by a pool, look into a spa pass and just float the day away in pure bliss. You can research different companies that offer information and passes.

We would love to hear about your daycation so let us know what you do so we can add to our list of #SoooBoca adventures!

Michele Bellisari is the founder of #SoooBoca® Lifestyle & Media based in Boca Raton and a Realtor with RE/MAX Services. She and her daughters blog, vlog, post and share all things Boca Raton, South Florida & Beyond from events, people, food, travel, home decor, fashion, beauty and real estate! You can find more at and on all the socials @soooboca.