We are beach people. We always have been, and probably always will be. When taxed with the difficult task of picking where we go next, my family will always agree that we will be visiting a beach of some variety for our family vacation. This year we picked Palm Beach, and I am happy to report it is a place I would return if given another chance.
With shockingly clear blue water, fresh seafood, and yacht filled marinas galore, this locale is sure not to disappoint you. I have to give a warning that the majority of my time was spent parked in a lounge chair reading book after book, however, we still explored the city and surrounding areas in the evening, so I have a solid list of my “must sees” below. Please leave a comment with your favorite Palm Beach picks if I missed any of your favorites!
The Breakers: If I get to come back to Palm Beach, this is where I am staying, no questions asked. The ceiling in the lobby looks like many cathedrals I have seen on my trips to Europe, and the lobby bar looks like a place Hemingway would have been happy to spend some time. Even if this isn’t your temporary place of residence while in Palm Beach, it is worth giving yourself a tour of this magnificent property and stopping by one of the bars or restaurants for a drink or meal.
Worth Avenue: As much as I wish Worth Avenue was on my list of things “to do”, it is definitely still on my things “to see” list, as my budget does not allow purchases from Ferragamo, Gucci, or Van Cleef and Arpels on my first job post-grad salary. If you love to shop, at least do a drive by or some window shopping to take it all in. There are beautiful palm trees and houses right near the main street.
CityPlace: If you are wanting a little bit more moderately priced, mainstream shopping this is a great place to go before or after dinner. It has a lot of the big box retail stores you will be familiar with (Anthropologie, BCBG, Banana Republic) and is essentially an outdoor shopping mall.
Marina Hoping: There are marinas filled with sailboats and yachts everywhere. We visited several on Singer Island, and just walked around after dinner, and there are plenty in West Palm Beach as well. My family loves boats of all varieties, so it is always fun to pick out our personal favorites.
Clematis Street: Clematis Street is a place with lots of restaurants and bars in Downtown West Palm, and is a good place to go if you want to go out and don’t want to go to a really nice bar. There are lots of options.
Sailing: If you are looking for a good day or half-day activity I would suggest renting a sailboat. It is a great way to still be outside enjoying the ocean, but from a different view. Depending on where you are staying, I would recommend finding the closest marina to your hotel and checking out the options they have available.
Carmine’s Gourmet Market: We stayed in a condo with a fully equipped kitchen, so we were on the hunt for a gourmet grocery store where we could get fresh fish, some ready-mades, and other essentials to grill and make summer food. It is basically an Italian market with fresh baked pastries, bread, fresh pasta, and plenty of other Italian specialties.
Longboards: I found Longboards on Urbanspoon after we showed up at another restaurant that didn’t look like it would do the duty. This place has a great atmosphere with surfing videos playing on big screens, a bar shaped like a surfboard, and a menu appropriate for the beach. We had the Lobster tacos and they definitely got my seal of approval.
The River House: If you want to pick a splurge meal, I would pick this place. It is in a big house on a canal in Palm Beach Gardens, and has a great outdoor area with a gazebo you can get drinks before you go in for dinner. Most of the tables have water views.
Seasons 52: Seasons 52 is actually right across the canal from The River House. Everything is seasonal on the menu and under 475 calories. It also has a nice patio overlooking the canal, I would recommend sitting outside.