If you have been following along with our Instagram stories recently you will have seen a lot of tropical goodness. The destination: Palm Beach, Florida. The New Year approaching should come with a fresh pack of vacation days, so the next time you’re hankering for some much-needed sun and time away from work consider this stateside destination.
Palm Beach is a barrier island oasis separated from its neighboring cities by the intracoastal waterway on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. The destination was established as two resorts by Henry Morrison Flagler in the early 1900s when he made it accessible via the Florida East Coast Railway. Since then Palm Beach has been home to the rich and famous and makes the perfect vacation for families, friends, and couples alike.
The motto for Palm Beach is “The Best of Everything,” and I have to agree. If you are a golfer, foodie, sun chaser, avid fisherman, or just in need of a little relaxation this is the place for you. The buildings that line the streets of Palm Beach are typically shades of blue, pink, or yellow, and the city’s architecture is beautiful.
Stay at The Breakers Resort, which sits on half a mile of private beachfront, for fine dining, spas, amazing oceanfront pools, and two renowned golf courses. The Breakers is home to the oldest 18-hole golf course in Florida and The John Webster Golf Academy. If you choose to hit the links, dine at The Flagler Steak House overlooking the course before or after. The views from the porch and a hearty breakfast or lunch will have you perfectly prepped for your round. If you prefer more private accommodations try The Brazilian Court, which is known for its secluded courtyard and amazing proximity to town. If you don’t stay here I recommend stopping by for an afternoon wine in the courtyard or a dinner at Cafe Boulud. If you are traveling on a romantic getaway or a family vacation, Eau Palm Beach is another great option. The fresh vibe, great views, and bountiful activities will keep you busy all vacation long.
No matter where you stay you should absolutely take a bike ride on The Lake Trail and take in the water views, beautiful homes, and historic landmarks like The Flagler Museum. Follow this bicycle trail map for town highlights and stops. Bike to town for lunch and stop by Nick & Johnnie’s, Testa’s, or vegan cafe and juicery The Island Bee. I personally love stopping by the inlet dock to check out the yachts and boats that are in town. Rent bikes, scooters or skates from Palm Beach Bicycle.
You don’t have to be an avid fisherman for a nice day out on the water. There are plenty of sport fishing companies around The Island that are available for a half day or full day charter. Captain Russell offers great prices and can fit up to six adults on his 30-foot boat “Reel Intense.” For a bigger party, try Showtime Sports Fishing Charters. Offshore fishermen have been catching sailfish and dolphin recently and inshore and along the beach they have seen more snook and bluefish. The captains of these charters welcome any level of fisherman and have a wealth of knowledge to share. Before you head out on the water make sure you are well protected from the sun; try Avid Gear.
Don’t forget to shop while you are in town! Palm Beach is known for its amazing shops and the luxurious Worth Avenue which hosts a mixture of department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and smaller boutiques. For traditional Palm Beach garb stop in to C. Orrico or for more bohemian flare try Calypso St. Barth or the Island Company. For occasion and night out dressing stop by Intermix or Rapunzel’s Closet. Worth Avenue is also filled with great home décor shops with unique finds like the Island Home. If you walk up and down Worth Avenue and its side streets you are sure to find a treasure.
After long days of shopping, golf, beach or fishing treat yourself to a night out. Charley’s Crab is a Palm Beach staple; the restaurant is known for fresh seafood and an award-winning menu, not to mention views of the ocean. More Palm Beach favorites for the check list are Buccan and Renatos, which are both open for lunch or dinner. If you are traveling during high season or over a holiday weekend be sure to make a reservation for dinner.
Whether you’re in need of a relaxing week to unplug from the world or an action-packed vacation, Palm Beach would be happy to have you. With an average high temperature of 82 degrees the beaches are calling your name!
Have you ever traveled to Palm Beach? Where do you like to go while you’re there?