With sunny skies, warm temperatures and an ideal location along the Atlantic Coast, adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway, tourists are flocking to Boynton Beach by the droves.
Tourists aren’t the only group heading along the Atlantic shoreline to Boynton Beach. Miami transplants fleeing that town’s increasing population, crowded sidewalks and traffic jams, as well as winter weary New Yorkers escaping frigid winters, are also discovering Boynton Beach’s excellent array of shopping, dining, nightlife, golf courses, sandy beaches and fresh and salt water fishing.
Boynton is located only fifty miles north of Miami in Palm Beach County on Florida’s famed Gold Coast. The Gold Coast, named after gold coins, chains and other treasures salvaged from shipwrecks off its coastline, not for its residents’ tanned, sun-kissed skin, is becoming an increasingly popular destination.
In spite of the city’s name, Boynton Beach, has no beachfront and is located across the Intracoastal Waterway from the oceanfront municipalities of Ocean Ridge and Briny Breezes. The town’s motto is “The Gateway to the Gulf Stream,” because of its close proximity to the Atlantic Gulf Stream (a powerful, warm and swift Atlantic Ocean current) that follows the eastern coastlines of the United States.
The Birth of Boynton
Namesake Nathan Smith Boynton was born June 23, 1837 in Port Huron, Michigan. After graduating high school, Boynton worked in Cincinnati, New Orleans and St. Louis as a farmer’s work hand, grocery store clerk, buggy-whip manufacturer and carpenter. Along the way Boynton married and had six children. In 1860, he named his first son Charles Lincoln Boynton. The middle name was in honor of the country’s newly elected president, whose strong anti-slavery position mirrored his own views.