Hillsboro Beach is a small beach town in Florida with a narrow and very extensive beach along the Atlantic shore. It is quiet and offers a lot of space.
Location and Access
A part of the Miami metropolitan area, Hillsboro Beach is located at the south end of the barrier island known as Deerfield Beach Island or Deerfield Cay. It is Florida’s southeastern shore, which is washed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Except for parking lots near hotels, there are several public parking lots, including those near the lighthouse, marina, and about 500 feet north of the Overlook Condominium. In addition, it is usually easy to find a parking spot right next to the beach.
Good news for those who prefer traveling by boat – the western shore of the barrier island is dotted with docks and boats.
There is a public bathroom at the south end of the beach. It is better to bring your own beach chairs and umbrellas because the chair and umbrella rentals on site are quite expensive. It is also recommended to bring your own food and enough drinking water.
The beach is long and quite narrow so you won’t have to walk a long way to the water. There is a lot of space for everybody. The sand is white and smooth, without rocks, and the water is bright turquoise and clear.
The beach is good for kids. You can go quite far out without the water getting too deep. It’s a great place for sunbathing, swimming, strolling, and spending beautiful evenings with your nearest and dearest.
Sea Turtles and Other Species
The nesting season in the county begins on the 1st of March and ends on the 31st of October and Hillsboro Beach boasts one of the highest densities-per-mile of sea turtle nests along Florida’s East Coast. Leatherbacks, Loggerheads, and Green Sea Turtles lay their eggs on the beach at night during this period.
The upside is you’ll have high chances to see turtles or hatchlings and the downside is there is a variety of rules to follow in order not to disturb them. Please check the official page of the town for more details.
Other sea species that can be seen here include manatees and stingrays.
Hillsboro Inlet Light
There is a historical lighthouse with a park at the southern tip of the town. You need to go by boat in order to reach it. If you want to go inside, climb up the 10-floor height, enjoy the views of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean, and get a dozen selfies, you should take a guided tour. The lighthouse park is also popular with painters and fishermen.
- 40 minutes from West Palm Beach, FL
- 50 minutes from Miami, FL
- 3 hours 5 minutes from Orlando, FL
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Hillsboro Beach which you can visit: