Dreaming of Warmer Days: Your Guide to the Best Locations in The Palm Beaches

The Palm Beaches are a popular seaside destination famous for its scenic inland waterways, white sandy beaches, art, and world-class dining scene. Stretching along the Atlantic coast this vibrant hotspot provides everything you could want for an extended stay in the sun. Known as America’s First Resort Destination, The Palm Beaches is comprised of 39 towns and cities each offering a unique community all their own. The Palm Beaches are in phase 3 of Florida’s Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. reopening plan. Most hotels, vacation rentals, beaches, parks, attractions, and museums are open. Facial covering, social distancing, and cleaning guidelines remain in place so you can feel safe when traveling throughout the county. Traveling to The Palm Beaches is backed by the industry’s highest safety standards, which are in place at the Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) and throughout the destination. Thanks to The Palm Beaches Pledge and Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation, visitors can rest assured that Discover The Palm Beaches is committed to offering a stress-free travel experience from the moment of arrival.

Arrive in Style

Start your luxury vacation in Mint class with a seat from LAX to Palm Beach International via jetBlue Airways. Recently launching a new direct flight path in November this new route paves the way to easy access for Angelenos looking to soak up the Florida sun. Upgrading to The Mint Experience guests can conveniently enjoy a meal with rotating small plates and dessert paired with a custom playlist or sip an international artisan wine from a list curated by Parcelle. Cocktails are shaken onboard and inspired by the group’s specialty cocktail lounge Ada’s Place. Settle in with a pillow, convertible blanket and snooze kit as you start your five-hour journey to the Sunshine State. Wellness kits from Wanderfuel are provided and offer a unique assortment of essentials tailored to your flight time & destination.

For the Boutique Enthusiasts

Perfectly situated off the world-renowned Worth Avenue, The Colony Hotel offers an unbeatable location and is known as Palm Beaches’ pinkest hotel. Everything about the property is impressive, from its beautifully designed rooms to its poolside dining area. The property offers a variety of high-end luxury from beach butler service to rum tastings at Swifty’s POOL. Families traveling with pets will love the resort’s four-legged amenities from the custom-branded beds to their specialty treats provided by The Colony’s Kitchen. The resort, built to serve as a tranquil beachside treasure, is built to showcase the area’s infamous blue-water beaches surrounding the property. Stepping foot into your room, you are swept into a pink paradise as you settle into your temporary home. Rooms are decorated with bright pops of color and clean lines in a spacious airy sanctuary. Vintage-inspired art and modern furnishings create the perfect blend of laid-back sophistication. 

For shopping lovers and those wanting to learn about the local area in more depth, The Colony is the ideal spot to stay. Take a stroll down Worth Ave or book an afternoon with Island Living Tour and soak in all the history the area has to offer. Elevate your visit with a guided tour provided by a knowledgeable local expert that will introduce you to each neighborhood, provide context and answer any questions you may have during your exploration.

Rest & Reprive Out of The Spa

For those looking for a way of kickstarting your morning to the beat of positivity, an in-room sound bath meditation is the best option. Indulge in a serene start with a 30-minute sound healing session – provided by Lotus Travel Company – in the comfort of your hotel room. Local Angie Greenfield will guide you into effortless relaxation and meditation. Though many have only recently learned of sound baths, the use of music for healing has been around for thousands of years. The music from Tibetan singing bowls has been used for its therapeutic effects ranging from aiding in digestion, treating mental disturbance, and inducing sleep. During these sessions, guests can learn how sound and vibration help achieve a healthy harmonic state using this ancient healing modality. 

Take Relaxation to the Next Level

When it comes to a day of self-indulgence, no spa in the area does it quite like Eau Spa. Rejuvenate into a world apart from the bustling entertainment outside the spa walls. Offering an array of revitalizing treatments that soothe the mind, body, and soul; this state-of-the-art spa will welcome you with open arms customizing a treatment that caters to your every need. Opt for the Signature Massage, a 60-minute experience that will send you to a dream-like state and leave you feeling completely reborn. Customization is the cornerstone of this exquisite experience. Choose light to firm pressure and control the sounds, scents and colors that surround you. This aromatherapy massage also includes a luxury foot treatment and a hot stone finish to the back. Other recommended favorites include the Essence Facial and their Champagne Shimmer Body Luster a decadent body scrub that circulates and exfoliates the skin to leave you with a healthy glow.

Let’s Eat

Start the day at Johan’s Joe, a Swedish inspired coffee house located in downtown West Palm Beach. From Swedish Pancakes to the ever-popular “The Stockholm” breakfast sandwich and authentic Scandinavian baked goods you can’t make a bad choice here. With over 14 years’ experience running a bustling, hugely successful café in Sweden, founders, Nicklas and Bernt Thuden now showcase their talented baking skills for Palm Beach locals.

For those looking for a variety of lunch options all in one place head over to Grandview Public Market located in the Warehouse District. The neighborhood is quickly becoming home to artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers. Showcasing twelve chef-inspired vendors, GPM raises the area’s cultural profile with innovative cooking and dining in a renovated 13,000 sq. ft. warehouse. Guests can indulge in an all-in-one experience. Sample a few items for a diverse meal including specialty grilled cheeses from Ms. Cheezious, Cauliflower Bites from Clare’s Kitchen and Carne Asada Tacos from Zipitos. Finish off the meal with a Drilled Ice Cream at Sugar Milk for a sweet ending. 

For dinner head to Avocado Grill in downtown West Palm Beach, which is known for its artisanal menu featuring hand-selected ingredients. Serving locally sourced, vibrantly flavored fare the restaurant showcases a wide selection of innovative small plates to choose from. A few notable items include the Ginger Guacamole, Short Rib Cannelloni and the Grilled Fish Tacos. 

Reputable dining destinations can be found throughout Palm Beach County but a meal at Rose’s Daughter is just a step above the rest. Located in Downtown Delray Beach, this American-Italian Trattoria’s menu highlights hand-crafted pizza, homemade pasta, charcuterie, cheeses & signature dishes from Chef Suzanne Perrotto, mom’s original Italian menu. As a top-rated establishment in the area, this gourmet establishment serves authentic menu items paired with creative mixology and a genuine service team.  

Stop into Lionfish Delray for a specialty cocktail and appetizer before dinner. This San Diego sustainable seafood hotspot opened its doors along Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach back in September. From fresh-catch cuisine, grass-fed meats and local, seasonal ingredients in an approachable, casual setting, Lionfish does its part to help save the ocean’s ecosystem by serving its namesake Lionfish a species that is ravaging the ocean, particularly the Caribbean, by devouring fellow sea life and damaging coral reefs. The rare, delicious white flaky fish will be served in a multitude of ways, including whole, fried and as the centerpiece of a citrus-infused ceviche. Whether you are visiting for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the restaurant offers the best high-quality dishes. Dishes highlighting the land and nearby-sea are fused with exotic flavors and local produce, further paired with a robust list of craft cocktails. 

After dinner stroll down Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach which is full of eclectic bars, cafes and shops. Discover the Pineapple Grove Arts District an area that provides a great way to digest dinner while exploring the local scene.

Blast from the Past

Gaze at an array of historic pieces and art as you enjoy a self-guided tour of Whitehall, the current exhibition at The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum. When completed in 1902, the New York Herald proclaimed that Whitehall, Henry Flagler’s Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach, was “more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world.” Today, Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum, offering self-guided tours, changing exhibitions, and special programs.

The Palm Beaches, ever artistic and stunning, satisfies something in every traveler’s desire. A historic Floridian paradise, this beach chic destination offers rejuvenation for the soul. Need a safe week-long vacation or simply a weekend getaway? The salty air and world-class comfort of this flavorful seaside area await. For more information and itinerary ideas visit thepalmbeaches.com.

Photography provided by Discover The Palm Beaches