Living In Fort Lauderdale Vs. Boca Raton

The distinction between Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and Miami was quite clear years ago. Fort Lauderdale used to be a party and college town. Boca Raton, on the other hand, was a retirement community that was more upscale. Both cities have been transformed into great destinations for all ages and lifestyles by significant investment and development. Fort Lauderdale has experienced a rise in arts culture, as well as an increase in youth coming from nearby universities and a new generation of professional property owners. With the expansion of Florida Atlantic University and growing nightlife, entertainment, and dining options, Boca Raton has seen a surge in youth. These cities were once considered to be an alternative to Miami, and had more space. Both cities now have a distinct culture that is best suited to all ages. When it comes to luxury condos or single-family homes, it is difficult to choose the right city. Both Boca Raton (and Fort Lauderdale) offer great dining, nightlife, and shopping. After looking at all the options in each city, it’s just a matter if you want to do them at a faster pace or prefer an environment that is more suburban than one found in an emerging city.

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Fort Lauderdale is home of some of South Florida’s most popular clubs. Many club-goers make the long trip from Miami to visit these clubs, such as LIV at the W hotel. Rooftop and the Sway Nightclub are well-known for hosting top acts from electronic music and the hip-hop scene. There are many popular shopping and dining destinations like Las Olas. The Blue Martini Lounge and a fun-themed bar called “YOLO” because you only get one chance to live. Fort Lauderdale offers more than a club scene and luxurious lounges. There are also laid-back hangouts such as Cycle Party and the Irish Pub & Bar. A few years back, mentioning Boca Raton and nightlife in the same sentence would have likely triggered a noise complaint. Boca Raton has grown and offers a high-end bar scene, nightlife and lounges that are comparable to any other city in South Florida. Platforms Dance Club is a great spot to get your groove on to old hits from the 70’s and 80’s. This Boca hotspot is popular for its older-themed music but attracts partygoers of all ages. The Funky Biscuit Brewery is a relaxed place to try microbrews and challenge your friends to shoots, giant jenga or darts. Mizner’s Monkey Bar is a lounge that offers world-class cocktails and has a mixologist as well as experienced staff. A majority of Boca Raton’s high-end restaurants offer high-end cocktails in a lounge.


Both Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton have added more luxury properties to their offerings, which has led to a dramatic increase in the number of dining options. Fort Lauderdale is now a top destination for South Florida dining and boasts some of the most popular restaurants in the area, including some of the best chefs in the country. Shooters Restaurant has stunning views of the water as you dine. The Milk Money Bar & Kitchen offers a variety of cocktails, as well as New-American cuisine and tapas. Many Fort Lauderdale restaurants offer small plates, which is a great option for those who don’t want to eat a large meal while running around the town or hitting the beaches. The school’s culinary students create five-star cuisine. It is one of the most prestigious culinary schools in the region. Boca Raton has experienced an increase in home-grown restaurants as well as a variety of farm-totable options for people who are trying to live a healthy lifestyle. The Farmer’s Table only uses ingredients sourced from South and Central Florida farmers. Kapow Noodle House is located in Mizner Park and offers some of the finest Asian-Fusion cuisine in South Florida. You can choose from chinese or japanese delicacies as well as korean. The outstanding pho soup at Kapow is well-known, while Boca Raton boasts a variety of excellent pho restaurants. You can find enough restaurants to satisfy any craving by simply walking down Las Olas Boulevard or through Mizner Park. Every weekend you could find a new place to eat and there will be many more!

This post was written by Dayana Susterman Dotoli. Dayana is the head real estate agent for the Tiffany House In Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Dayana has assisted over 150 individuals with buying, selling, and leasing at Tiffany House. The Tiffany House Residences is a 12 story tower,  offers 129 residences, including 1, 2 and 3-bedroom condominiums and townhomes, with exclusive, resort-style amenities and views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. Looking for a condo at Tiffanyhouse Fort Lauderdale for Rent? Contact us today!

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