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Beaches and ocean

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Beaches and ocean

Hi

We have travelled to the gulf coast from the uk several times which we love and wondered about now trying boca or area l. We have a 5 year old daughter who likes to play in the sea go shopping go to parks etc and wondered if this will all be good for here on the east coast as I had heard the waves etc could be quite large and not suitable

Can anyone advise me please on the suitability

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1. Re: Beaches and ocean

Whether the Atlantic coast beach will have large waves depends on if there is a storm brewing nearby. Otherwise there will just be gentle waves constantly rolling in. You will have to keep an eye constantly on the little one to make sure she doesn't wander in to water that is too deep.

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2. Re: Beaches and ocean

Any reason you selected Boca? It's more somewhere you live and not some place to visit. If you're not totally attached to it think about Delray Beach or Deerfield Beach as there are more restaurants and things to do. The child will be fine in the waves as long as there isn't a storm coming in. Just make sure you swim where there is a lifeguard.

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3. Re: Beaches and ocean

select your beach wisely, Red Reef in Boca offers a some what protected shallow area. Admission is a bit steep, but well worth it IMO...

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4. Re: Beaches and ocean

Red Reef Beach also has the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. It's a bit like a South Florida version of Central Park, with quite a lot of nature, surrounded by fairly tall, though not New York tall, buildings.

Most of the time, Palm Beach County to Miami Beach has small waves because the Bahamas block large swells. Only if there's a storm between Florida and the Bahamas or Cuba, or if a swell from the northeast comes from just the right direction, does SE Florida get large waves. But under those conditions, waves can rarely get quite large because there's almost no continental shelf. Truly deep water is just a short distance offshore. For an idea of maximum wave sizes, look for videos of surfing hurricane Sandy last fall. Those were extraordinary conditions (and a good deal of damage was done, too).

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