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Lantana Beach is a great beach for a long walk. It is long and narrow with a seawall backed by fancy hotels, one with Spanish architecture, turrets, and an abundance of palms. The condos here are not ugly like in other parts of Florida. The water is calm and serene, with little bouncy waves. People swim while others lounge on the hotel chairs set up on the beach. Cafe-goers walk down the wooden steps to the beach and take photos of the sky and sea. Shells line the shore. The sand is pale, clean, and soft. On weekends, families fill the beach with colorful umbrellas, spades, and buckets. You can snorkel near to shore in the crystal clear water and see hundreds of tropical fish gathered around the rocks. We went swimming in February and the water was blissfully warm!
Behind the beach there is a playground with tall slides amidst lovely palms that curve lazily toward the ground.
Dune Deck Cafe has sublime views out to sea, and looks like a very casual place with standard food.
For a delicious treat, go west over the drawbridge to the 200 block of Ocean Avenue in Lantana town, walk around and grab a pastry at Palm Beach Bakery and Cafe. It's so pleasant to sit outside in the shade at the outdoor tables of this little Finnish bakery watching the world go by.
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Lantana Beach is located where E. Ocean Ave dead ends at the sea, in Lantana. There is a large parking lot where you pay a quarter for 10 minutes. Dune Deck Cafe is located here as well.
Exit Highway 95 at Lantana Rd and head toward the ocean. Turn right on Dixie Hwy and then turn left on Ocean Ave and keep driving until the end. At the end, turn left into the parking lot. You will need a lot of quarters for the meters.
Dune Deck Cafe, 100 N Ocean Blvd, Lantana, FL 33462, call
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.