A lot of people long for the charming, stylish South Florida way of life, but don’t want to pay Miami prices. At just 50 miles north of Miami, beautiful Boynton Beach is the perfect compromise. Traditionally, the area has been a more retirement-heavy community, but the uptick in affordable homes, growing job opportunities and picturesque surroundings have caused many young families to give it a second look. In fact, the city’s delayed boom has actually helped it avoid some of the issues other Florida cities have faced, with developers more aware of the importance of preserving Boynton Beach’s natural beauty, keeping orange groves and beaches unspoiled and intact. Boynton Beach homes for sale are currently listed at a median price of $269,500. Homes for sale in Boynton Beach can be found in a range of neighborhoods, including Wyndsong Estates, Quantum Park and the aptly named Bella Verde.

Obviously, the ocean figures prominently into the life of any Boynton Beach resident. Locals and visitors enjoy OceanFront Park Beach, known for being one of the prettiest beaches around. Nearby Boynton Harbor Marina features just about any water-based pastime out there, including drift fishing, scuba diving, jet-ski and boat rentals and fishing charters. The Boynton Beach Inlet is another popular location thanks to the coral and artificial reefs found within the Palm Beaches. Take care not to disturb the local wildlife, however, particularly during sea turtle nesting season (April 1 through October 31). Be sure to stroll the area and enjoy the more than 80 public arts projects and displays situated throughout the city!

For a city that’s still relatively small (population is about 70,000), Boynton Beach has an impressive number of entertainment options. Golfers make a regular point of stopping by The Links golf course, which has full- and executive-length courses available. Shoppers love the quaint storefronts that pepper Ocean Avenue, and Harbor Marina is packed with dockside bars and restaurants that feature the freshest seafood and other fare. Bon appetit!