Palm Beach is one of the most vibrant tourist destination in the United States, mostly known for its sunny beaches and breathtaking architecture. If you’re planning a visit to this wonderfully colorful city, here are some of the best things to do, places to stay and eat in Palm Beach:
THINGS TO DO
– Explore Flagler Museum
The former estate of business magnate and railroad pioneer, Henry Flagler – the estate is now a museum that provides visitors a glimpse into the Gilded Age. Take a wander through history, with the intricate architecture, marble floors, hand-painted ceilings, and antique furnishings that still adorn the house.
– Visit the Beaches
Palm Beach is a beautiful coastal destination! Being home to some of the most picturesque stretches of sand in Florida (perfect location for some Instagram posts). Stroll along the shoreline, perfect your tan at the sugar-white sands, or explore the beach-side art installations along the path. My top picks in Palm Beach are the Quiet Waters Park Beach, South Inlet Park Beach, and Delray Beach.
– Discover Nature at McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary
Spend the day at the McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary – to encounter the native wildlife from bobcats to alligators. Be sure to book a tour ahead of time to get a more interactive and educational experience. The best family day out!
– Take a Stroll at Worth Avenue
Worth Avenue is Palm Beach’s most refined shopping district, lined with high-end fashion retailers, boutique shops and trendy restaurants. Even if you’re just window shopping, you can take a leisurely stroll through the palm-lined avenues and admire the stylish architecture and ornate fountains.
– Explore the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is a conservationist’s paradise, located within Red Reef Park. Partake in educational and environmental walks to learn about the responsible handling of nature. Secret tip: you can even meet the local sea turtles!
– Visit the Breakers Museum and Garden
The Breakers Museum and Garden is one of Palm Beach’s most iconic landmarks showcasing Italian and Gothic designs from the 1920s. If you’re a history or art fanatic you should explore the guided tour, showcasing the art collections and gardens, or even book a room where you can experience the full royal treatment.
– Ride Bikes on the Trails
A fun way to see Palm Beach is by cycling; The Palm Beach Lake Trail is a scenic route following the shore of Lake Worth, you can get a map from the Palm Beach Bicycle Shop. If you’re looking for more of a destination point, try out the Hillsboro Lighthouse loop.
Palm Beach is a beautiful destination with plenty of lodging options to cater to different types of travellers. Here are some of the best places to stay in Palm Beach:
– The Breakers Palm Beach
Located in the heart of town, the Breakers Palm Beach is an upscale hotel that offering the most incredible oceanfront views and historic architecture. Featuring four luxurious pools, a spa, and excellent dining options.
– The Colony Hotel
The Colony Luxury Hotel is an iconically colorful and fashionable staple, located on the beachfront in the heart of Palm Beach – known as the Pinkest Hotel. Offering beautifully custom-decorated rooms and suites (none looking similar to one-another), a luxurious pool, private beach butlers and cruises, and three different styled restaurants and bars to choose from. For some evening entertainment there’s Trivia and Bingo Nights.
– Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
This luxury hotel located on a private beachfront resembles a glamorous bygone era. The luxury continues with beautiful, spacious guest rooms, a five-star spa services, and award-winning dining options offer impeccable services. No trip would be complete without the full beach access and tropical garden views.
– The Brazilian Court Hotel
The Brazilian Court Hotel is an intimate boutique hotel nestled amidst lush courtyards and gardens. With a classic Mediterranean-style architecture, along with a chic décor it makes for the ideal romantic getaway. The property offers amenities such as lush garden yoga, luxurious spa treatments, and pet services for its furry guests.
– Tideline Ocean Resort and Spa
The Tideline Ocean Resort and Spa is a luxurious beachfront hotel located near Palm Beach International Airport. It’s showcased on the backdrop of world-renowned Moroccan-designed fusion accommodations making your time in Palm Beach worth it!
– Canopy by Hilton West Palm Beach Downtown
The Canopy Hilton stands out from it’s surrounding environment with floor-to-ceiling windows. This chic and modern hotel has a rooftop infinity pool, a rooftop Treehouse Lounge and Bar, and a freshly-sourced Restaurant.
– West Palm Beach Marriott
A more affordable option is the West Palm Beach Marriott, which is located Downtown – steps from Palm Beach Convention Center and The Square and only minutes away from the airport and University. Experience their incredible outdoor pool and fitness center.
– La Goulue
A renowned intimate French restaurant, who serve a carefully curated one-of-a-kind menu with only local sourced fresh ingredients. The food, drinks and service are incredible and is definitely the place to go for an unforgettable night, whether it’s your first time or your 100th, it always amazes me!
– Pizza Al Fresco
Fresh wood-burnt traditional pizza in an outdoor courtyard surrounded by an incredible and relaxing atmosphere and architecture. If you’re not feeling a pizza they also have a great curation of traditional classic Italian dishes – the closest feeling to actually being on the Amalfi Coast.
For a more upscale Italian cuisine experience, Renato’s is the spot to go. The gourmet menu and finest wine list accompanied by the romantic setting and elegant decor is something to rave about. If you’re like me and on the Gigi Hadid Vodka pasta hype, you need to order the Rigatoni Alla Vodka.
After a day at the beach, you can continue the vibe at the AquaGrille. Where they continue the coastal and beach inspiration in their interior decoration as well as their food. The fresh seafood menu ranges from oysters to mahi-mahi, and all have a unique palette, there’s also a Fun & Fancy option which is great for any small groups. You can always try the Social Hour too (4-6pm), with a taster of drinks and small bites.
– Taco Chula
For a more casual, quick and cheaper lunch, dinner or snack, Taco Chula is a must-try. You pick your item, pick the filling and it’s ready! All the best Mexican street-food from tacos and tamales, to churros and horchata.
Located at the Colony Hotel, Swifty’s has brought that New York feeling down to Florida – bringing along their cult favorites like the Billionaire’s Bacon and Meatloaf. Although the food is the same, the dining atmosphere is a little better, giving you the options to eat in the hanging garden around the pool or in the sophisticated lounge bar.
In conclusion, Palm Beach is a must-visit destination throughout any season of the year, making it an amazing holiday destination. It’s the perfect escape for nature lovers, history enthusiasts, beachgoers, and anyone in search of luxury and leisure.