The PalmBeacher by Amy Woods
Ever considered playing hooky for a day? Secretly long to emulate Ferris Bueller's fancy-free frolic through the streets of Chicago in Palm Beach County? Maybe out-of-state guests have arrived, and they need an in-the-know local to show them around town.
We've got you covered, from legitimate dive bars to secluded restaurants, from cool hangouts to hip coffee shops, and from healthy recreation to indulgent nightlife. With so much to do in the area and such enviable weather, the most loyal of workers might find it tempting to call in sick and hop in a Ferrari.
The sister city to tony Palm Beach, West Palm has a joie de vivre lifestyle that is the essence of the Sunshine State. From Gen xers to salt-and-peppered East Coasters alike, can appreciate the area’s many charms — especially in Casa Grandview's Grandview Heights, where Spanish mission–style homes and Craftsman bungalows hark back to when Henry Flagler’s famed train put South Florida on the map.
Photography credit: Discover the Palm Beaches
Looking for a great spot to hike or bike? The Palm Beaches is the place for you. Besides the year-round sunshine and pristine beaches, this part of sun-filled South Florida is home to miles and miles of nature trails of various levels and lengths. Spread out among a variety of parks and natural areas, as you explore the options in as much or as little time. Luckily for you, we’ve narrowed down the list to 5 Great Places to Hike and Bike in The Palm Beaches.
10 West Palm Beach Things to Do That are Just More Fun in the Winter
Sunny and 74…that’s a typical winter day in West Palm Beach, and winter is the perfect time to enjoy this slice of paradise.
1. Go Shopping
2. Check Out Florida’s #1 Greenmarket
3. Go Ride a Bike
4. Get Up Close & Personal with Manatees
5. Discover Delicious on the Downtown West Palm Beach Food Tour
6. Enjoy a Scenic Drive…convertable anyone?
7. See the Murals
8. Fill Your Calendar with Outdoor Festivals, Home Tours & Sports
9. Explore a Park or Do the Zoo!
10. Dine al Fresco
Life’s just more fun when it’s sunny and 74. Enjoy these great things to do in West Palm Beach before we have to crank our air-conditioners up. Read More
Trip Advisor's List of Top Things To Do in West Palm Beach
Oct 28, 2016 PalmBeachPost
Here’s a current snapshot of the restaurants we’re loving best at the moment. Next month, the snapshot might be different. This unranked list, which is organized by city and omits eateries closed for summer break, includes only restaurants we have visited. — Liz Balmaseda, Palm Beach Post food editor:
20 best restaurants in Palm Beach County, right now
Let Palm Beach Illustrated to help you with things to do around our area.
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Palm Beach Food Tours
Welcome to Foodie Paradise! Voted by Trip Advisor Top 20 Things to Do in WPB
Put on your walking shoes for a fun, entertaining and delicious way to learn about West Palm Beach. You’ll sip, sample and savor the flavor of West Palm Beach with 12 generous tastings from 6 of the best local restaurants. Of course, we’ll sprinkle in a bit of history, architecture and culture to round out your perfect afternoon in sunny Florida. Our Downtown West Palm Beach Food Tour is a leisurely 3 hour, 1.25 mile walk with plenty of refreshing stops along the way, so it's suited for most ages and fitness levels. Adult tickets are $65. Let your epicurean adventure begin! Read More
Don your Lilly Pulitzer pedal pushers for the haute Floridian fare — including a tower of crab, avocado and mango, or horseradish- and citrus-glazed mahi — at Charley’s Crab, in Palm Beach. For a romantic evening a deux, book a table on the 60-seat terrace at Café Boulud at the Brazilian Court Hotel. The decadent French menu is well worth the steep prices. Pair flatbread pizzas with a bottle (or two) of chianti at Belle & Maxwells — and save room for the strawberry rhubarb pie. Or stay in and order café con leche and cubanos from Havana.
Embrace your inner coed and commingle with college students along Clematis Street and the Waterfront, which is undergoing a revival. In City Place, the Blue Martini has a daily happy hour (drinks and appetizers are half off). Or cross the bridge to Palm Beach for a cocktail with the blue bloods at the Breaker’s Seafood Bar.
Flex your plastic on Worth Avenue, Palm Beach’s Rodeo Drive — hello, Cartier, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Here, too, are A.B. Levy Antiques, which stocks top-notch French Gilded Age and Louis XIV furniture, and the Church Mouse, a consignment shop with mint resort wear from the previous season. Hit up West Palm’s antique row, where Donovan & Gray Antiques has vintage fashions by Hermès, Gucci and the like, and Dolce offers off-the-wall tchotchkes like ostrich feather–adorned sconces.
The PGA Resort in Palm Beach Gardens has some of the area’s toughest courses. Closer to home, the public Palm Beach Golf Course has views of the Intracoastal Waterway.
Cruise along South Ocean Boulevard, between Barton Avenue and Southern Boulevard, where coastal mansions (of the Bernard Madoff and Trump variety) front the Atlantic. Although most homes are private, historians offer guided tours of the 19th-century Italian-Renaissance mansion of Henry Flagler. Ogle on to see more Pam Beach Celebrity Estates
Visit Palm Beach’s Waterfront Activity Station, located right at the beautiful Downtown West Palm Beach Waterfront docks on Flagler Drive, is your gateway to on-the-water fun in the Palm Beaches! Whether you set sail for a Snorkeling Cruise or relaxing Sunset Sail on our 50′ Catamaran ‘Hakuna Matata'; paddle a kayak or paddleboard on the sparkling Intracoastal waterway; or take an exhilarating jet ski ride upon the Palm Beach waterways, you are sure to have plenty of options to enjoy the perfect sea tripping day!
For more information, please visit visitpalmbeach.com.
MOONLIGHT WATERSPORTS & WATERFRONT SPECIALS
Guests can have a blast on the water this summer. Visit Palm Beach will have special nighttime activities and excursions on the Intracoastal Waterway and exclusive Summer in Paradise specials.
For more information: www.visitpalmbeach.com or 561-881-9757.
Full Moon Paddles
Monday, June 20, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 19, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Thursday Aug 18, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Tour and kayak or paddleboard rental included for $35 per person
Catamaran Sunset Sails
A relaxing sail along the Intracoastal waterway, BYOB or purchase refreshments onboard.
Thursdays, June 2 – August 25, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
$20 per adult (regular $30) and $15 per child (under 12)
Use discount code at time of reservation: SIPsunset
Catamaran Snorkeling Excursions
Discount for any excursion June – August $35 for adults (regular $55). Use discount code at time of reservation: SIP20
(Time of trip is tide dependent, check website)
Jet Ski Rentals
Discount for any rental June – August $85 hourly rental (regular $105). Use discount code at time of reservation: SIP20
Military Discount June 2 - July 4 - 25% off any excursions or rentals to active servicemen/women or veterans with military I.D. (no other discounts apply).
Palm Beach’s pristine beaches are just a two-mile drive across the Intracoastal Waterway. The nearest is Palm Beach, where the clean and guarded waters and prime people-watching (the beach is shared by residents of South Ocean Boulevard and guests at the Breakers) are worth the $5 per hour parking. For something more low-key, shoot the breeze at Lake Worth Beach, about 15 minutes south, or jump on a surfboard another 18 miles south, at Delray Beach.
Tap into Palm Beach’s artsy side at the free Sculpture Garden and the Society of the Four Arts, where a dozen 20th-century stone and bronze sculptures hide among Spanish-style gardens of manicured bushes and swaying palms. For a rainy day, trip back to the Gilded Age to learn about South Florida’s famed railroad at the Flagler Museum. Or keep close to home and walk two blocks to the “Art After Dark” exhibitions at the Norton Museum of Art.
Welcome to the West Palm Beach Waterfront Visitor Information Center!
West Palm Beach’s official Visitor Information Center located at the Waterfront Commons Great Lawn in the heart of Downtown West Palm Beach. Stop-in and learn about some of our diverse dining and shopping options, our award-winning events, our arts and culture, amazing activities and attractions, wide range of eco-tourism options, rich history and heritage, and noteworthy accommodations.
For more information, please call (561)659-8814 or CLICK HERE.
Jess Blumensheid, Editorial Producer Jetsetter
Spruce up an afternoon with a stroll through the 2-acre Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens which highlight more than 40 years of the sculptor’s work with structures as tall as 12 feet.
Switch things up by visiting nearby Palm Beach Island during a 3-hour guided bus or bike tour with Island Living Tours; try the Worth Avenue shopping tour to satisfy that shopping urge.
Polish off a not-so-classic ham-and-cheese sandwich (honey-baked with Brie and mango chutney) alongside 1 of 50 varieties of loose-leaf tea at Serenity Garden Tea House.
Renew an interest in antiques at the 40-store Antique Row, which features art galleries, restaurants and shops that sell crafts and decorative arts from the 17th–20th centuries.
Brighten things up with a visit to the 1941 Norton Museum of Art, which features 19th- and 20th-century masterpieces from Matisse, Monet, Picasso, O’Keeffe and Pollock.
Overhaul standard American fare at Brewzzi with unique dishes, such as Pretzel Crusted Salmon, with award-winning, brewed-on-site ales like the Black Duke or the Brewzzi Reserve.
West Palm Beach offers a variety of activities for a large range of visitors, from soaking up sun on the shores or working on your golf swing. But most West Palm visitors tend to choose the museums and historic sights over the beach. At night, the downtown area features bars and clubs for those who want to see and be seen, as well as performance venues for those who want to catch a show.
Although the city sits on the shore of the Intracoastal Waterway, West Palm Beach offers only a handful of beaches where visitors can swim. Instead, the area is better known as a cultural hub, featuring museums like the traveler-recommended Norton Museum of Art and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Other major sites include the drive-through Lion Country Safari. If you're on the hunt for watersports in the Atlantic Ocean, head to Palm Beach.
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Fika, or coffee break, is taken seriously in Sweden. Many Swedish companies even make it a mandatory practice, believing it breeds a happier, more productive workforce. A proper fika includes three things: Swedish coffee, a cinnamon bun or something sweet, and, most importantly, good conversation.
Nicklas and Bernt Thuden would know. After running a successful café in Stockholm for 15 years, they opened Johan’s Jöe Swedish Coffee House & Café in West Palm Beach. Amidst the crystal chandeliers and reindeer motifs, they offer ethically roasted Löfbergs Lila coffee and a menu of Swedish delights like princess tortes, a traditional dessert made with sponge cake, jam, pastry cream, and marzipan. For a true slice of Nordic bliss, we recommend the Swedish pancakes topped with raspberry or lingonberry preserves and fresh whipped cream. Read More