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boca raton was first discovered by spanish explorers. it's name boca raton is commonly translated as "rat's mouth" or "rocky inlet". the area around boca raton was sparcely inhabited until the florida land boom of the 1920's. in 1903 the yamato colony west of boca raton was founded by jo sakai. sakai recruited farmers from his home town of miyazu japan to work on his pineapple plantation. during WWII the colony was disbanded and the yamato land confiscated by the federal government. after the war a small part of the original yamato plantation was farmed by george morikami until the 1970's. the architect and real estate developer addison mizner had a huge impact on the architecture and development of boca raton during the 1920's. numerous examples of his mediterranean inspired homes and buildings can be seen in palm beach and boca raton. today boca raton is a upscale winter tourist resort area and is part of the west palm beach-miami urban sprawl. boca raton has much to offer the tourist, a beautiful beach, excellent off shore sport fishing, world class golf courses, fine dining, and interesting mediterranean architecture. boca raton is one of the nicest beach towns in southeast florida.

addison mizner (1872-1933) was a famous south florida architect and real estate developer during the florida land boom in the 1920's. his style of architecture was inspired by the mediterranean villas of italy and spain. during the 1920's he designed homes for the wealthy in palm beach and boca raton. some examples are el mirasil 1919, villa flora 1921, la guerida 1923. today much of the architecture of south florida is mizner inspired.

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  • Pros:beautiful beach, upscale hotels, dining, and shopping
  • Cons:expensive during the winter season
  • Last visit to Boca Raton: Oct 2012
  • Intro Updated Oct 11, 2012
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