Florida Journals

My first trip to Florida

An October 2004 trip to Florida by Grasshopper

Delray Beachs beach Photo, Florida, United States More Photos
Quote: My dear friends John and Susan relocated from Northern California to Delray Beach, Florida, in July of this year. They were greeted by Hurricane Charley, Hurricane Ivan, Hurricane Frances and finally, Hurricane Jeanne! With two of these came mandatory evacuations.

My first trip to Florida

Overview

Delray Beach's beach Photo, Florida, United States
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On October 22nd, I left what was beginning to be a snowstorm in Colorado for my first Florida experience. My dear friends John and Susan had relocated from Northern California to Delray Beach, Florida, in July of this year. They were greeted by Hurricane Charley, Hurricane Ivan, Hurricane Frances, and finally, Hurricane Jeanne! With two of these came mandatory evacuations. My visit, however, found the area to be clean, warm (HOT!), and beautiful. I had the BEST time. We took an airboat tour of the Everglades, motored on the Intercoastal, had wonderful meals al fresco, overlooking both the sea and the Intercoastal, and toured the beautiful neighborhoods of Palm Beach. It was surreal leaving my ...Read More

Busch's

Restaurant

Busch's Photo, Florida, United States
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Busch's is a beautiful, relaxing restaurant situated on the Intercoastal. We celebrated my friend's birthday at a comfortable outside table overlooking the water. Service was very good. We enjoyed excellent margaritas and appetizers without being rushed to order our main courses. Our server knew when to hover and when to leave us alone. Unbelievably (for someone from Colorado), the evening was warm enough to sit outside sweaterless. We watched patrons arrive by water, tying up at Busch's dock. We enjoyed two very nice appetizers, crab and artichoke spread with crackers and spinach dip with tortilla chips. The margaritas were large and delicious. I had a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 28, 2004

Busch's
840 E. Atlantic Ave.
Delray Beach, Florida
(561) 278-3364

Boston's on the Beach & Upperdeck

Restaurant | "Boston's on the Beach"

Boston's on the Beach & Upperdeck Photo, Delray Beach, Florida
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My first Delray Beach/Florida experience, after the short trip from Ft. Lauderdale, was dinner at Boston's on the Beach. We dined on the upper deck, where we had a fantastic view of the ocean and beach.

Boston's caters to a hip clientele. Lively bars, both upstairs and down, keep customers well-sated while they wait for a table. Live music is on the schedule most evenings. Special events are advertised on the restaurant's website: www.bostonsonthebeach.com.

I had the grilled salmon, which was just delicious. We also shared a very good crab cake appetizer. I don't understand why I was never able to order a mojito in this part of Florida.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 28, 2004

Boston's on the Beach & Upperdeck
40 S. Ocean Boulevard
Delray Beach, Florida 33483
(561) 278-3364

Caffe Luna Rosa

Restaurant

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Right next door to Boston's on the Beach is Caffe Luna Rosa. The restaurant has al fresco dining both inside and out (restaurants in Delray Beach have windows that disappear in good weather). While it serves meals all day, we enjoyed a great brunch here.

Choosing what to eat can be a real trick here. Just walking to your table, you pass examples of wonderful options on other diner's plates! I had my favorite, eggs benedict. It was excellently prepared and quite reasonable at $8, and the the fresh-squeezed orange juice and brewed coffee rounded out my happy brunching experience!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 28, 2004

Caffe Luna Rosa
34 S. Ocean Boulevard
Delray Beach, Florida
(561) 274-9404

Bow Babes Photo, Florida, United States
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The Intercoastal waterway runs just a couple of short blocks east of the Atlantic beaches. Fabulous homes line the waterway, many with their yachts docked along the water. Cruising the Intercoastal is a great way to gawk at these homes, their interesting landscaping, extravagant patio furniture, unique sculptures, and beautiful pools and spas. Huge hotels and condos, all with their private marinas, and restaurants and bars can be found along the waters' edge. On weekends, the waters are filled with yachts, smaller watercrafts, jet skis, cigarette boats...... "Bow babes" decorate the front of the boats (don't these people know about skin cancer?). The Intercoastal ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 28, 2004

Loxahatchee Everglades Airboat Rides

Attraction | "Loxahatchee Everglades Tours Inc."

Loxahatchee Everglades Airboat Rides Photo, Boca Raton, Florida
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Florida has incredible diversity. While the beach and ocean (or Gulf) beckon, be sure to visit some of the inland treasures. We took an airboat ride through the Everglades. The 45-minute ride zoomed through the reeds and over the water lilies (and alligators), while we got a tour of just a fraction of the state's protected watery acreage. Naturalist "Wild Lyle" stopped occasionally to tell us about the biology, history, and ecology of the area. When we started our trip, it was very hot. But soon the clouds came, and we found ourselves in a downpour. Wild Lyle whipped out some ponchos for us, and we continued the trip. The rain fell hard, and flying across the waterway on our air...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 28, 2004

Loxahatchee Everglades Airboat Rides
15490 Loxahatchee Road
Parkland, Florida 33076
(561) 482-6107