The Palm Beaches

Not just for the rich and famous any more

Want to make yourself feel privileged? Then exploring Florida’s Palm Beaches could be just what you need to feel like a Kennedy or a Trump. This traditional refuge for the rich and famous is home to legendary resorts, exquisite mansions and historic landmarks. Lined with stately palm trees, the shopping nirvana of Worth Avenue is known worldwide. The island’s Gilded Age architecture will captivate, as will the chic restaurants.

Best Shopping in the East
One of the great charms of Palm Beach is walking along Worth Avenue—a dreamlike Mediterranean-style boulevard complete with charming bougainvillea-draped environments. Some call Worth Avenue the Rodeo Drive of the East. Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus are anchors, with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Marley’s Palm Beach Collection adding to the mix, each blending into the overall Spanish-Mediterranean architecture. You can almost lose yourself.

Explore the vias, pedestrian-only courtyards and alleyways that lead off of Worth. The beautifully planted vias are rife with exclusive shops and cafés. It’s a place for sidewalk strolling and alfresco lunches. Amazing art galleries, jewelry stores and exclusive boutiques tempt shoppers with window displays as works of art. You’ll find those Jack Rogers sandals and cashmere wraps aplenty. worth-avenue.com

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For Vintage Finds Go West
P
op over the bridge to West Palm Beach to discover “Antique Row” on South Dixie Highway, (Hwy. 805). More than 40 antique and vintage shops and galleries offer impeccable objects from the 17th through the 20th centuries, with midcentury vintage finds an especially strong suit. onantiquerow.com

Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show      
This show is the largest of its kind in the United States. International exhibitors display their fine works from across the globe in a prestigious show encompassing fine jewelry, exquisite works of art and fascinating antiques. The annual event is set Feb. 13-17 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. palmbeachfl.com

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Walking and Biking
Nothing will give you a better sense of Palm Beach proper than walking or biking the nine-mile Lake Trail all the way to the Inlet and back on County Road. Peer into the backyards of the billionaires’ homes along the way. Or cross the bridge to West Palm Beach, immediately turn south and explore the magnificent El Cid neighborhood containing some of the best Gilded Age architecture in the country. elcidhistoric.org

Oodles of Poodles
Adorable pets of all sizes parade on the stage on March 14 for Worth Avenue’s annual Pet Parade and Contest. Residents and visitors can bring their beloved pooch, feline, bunny or whatever other cuddly pet and cruise the runway. Winners in various categories have the honor of being one of Palm Beach’s doggy divas. The event takes place in Via Amore and attracts hundreds of spectators and scores of pets. worth-avenue.com

Henry Flagler’s Town
Florida would not be Florida without Standard Oil magnate Henry Flagler, who promoted the state as a vacation destination in the late 19th century. When it was completed in 1902, the New York Herald proclaimed that Whitehall, Flagler’s estate, was “more wonderful than any palace in Europe.” Today it is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum. flaglermuseum.us

Henry Flagler's Town
Henry Flagler’s Town

For Art’s Sake
You might go to the Norton Museum of Art just to get a look at the Dale Chihuly glass ceiling, but you’ll keep coming back for the special exhibits at this little gem of an art museum, which evolved from the extensive American collection of Ralph Norton. 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. norton.org

Get That Luxurious Feeling
Is it an art gallery, a styling salon or a bar? Happily, Le Bazaar is all of these.  Enjoy great contemporary art while sipping champagne and getting your hair styled all at the same time! The international staff has worked with most of the great fashion houses worldwide. Treat yourself!  333. S. County Rd. 561-345-3770. lebazaarpalmbeach.com

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Le Bazaar

WHERE TO STAY

Four Seasons Resort
For the full Palm Beach treatment this full-service resort will more than suffice, located on the island’s most beautiful and expansive beach. It’s chic, it’s classic. From $795/night. 2800 South Ocean Blvd., fourseasons.com

Tidelines Ocean Resort and Spa

Tidelines Ocean Resort and Spa
Tidelines Ocean Resort and Spa


Ocean breezes and beachfront views are the draw at this bold standout resort.  $439/night. 2842 South Ocean Blvd., tidelineresort.com

Bradley Park Hotel
In a quiet location just a short walk from the beach. A good value in Palm Beach. From $279/night. 280 Sunset Ave., bradleyparkhotel.com

The Chesterfield
Classic old-world charm prevails at this local landmark located just two blocks from tony Worth Avenue. Enjoy English high tea in the afternoon. From $495/night. 363 Coconut Row, chesterfieldpb.com

Palm Beach Historic Inn
Located in the heart of Palm Beach with close access to beaches and shopping. From $270/night. 365 S. County Rd., palmbeachhistoricinn.com


WHERE TO DINE

Palm Beach Grill
Be treated like royalty at this landmark restaurant while enjoying some of the best New American cuisine in Florida. 340 Royal Poinciana Way, 561-835-1077

The Circle at the Breakers
A luxe array of food served in a grand dining room or alfresco overlooking the beach. The Sunday brunch is famous internationally.  1 S. County Rd., 888-273-2537

BrickTops 
Simple food—burgers, tacos and seafood—served with style and a smile. Try it for lunch or Sunday brunch. 
375 S. County Rd., 561-855-2030.

Café Boulud
Namesake restaurant of chef Daniel Boulud, known for innovative dishes and a fantastic wine list. 301 Australian Ave., 561-655-6060

Buccan
One of the most popular spots in town, known for inventive American cuisine served in small dishes, elegantly prepared. 350 S. County Rd., 561-833-3450

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