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5.13.2024

Palm Beach ... Travel Guide


Any time I get to spend in Palm Beach is a dream come true. There is something about driving over the bridge onto the island that instantly brings me joy. A lot has changed in the area since I made my first travel guide in 2019, so I have a new and fabulous updated guide for you today. As always, reach out via email if you need help or have any extra questions. It is definitely the happiest place on earth for me. 





Where To Stay ... 

I have stayed at The Brazilian and The Colony, and they are both fantastic. However, The Colony is the #1 choice for me.  The customer service is impeccable, and it's perfect for walking to most destinations and being driven to the rest.  The hotel has three vehicles and loves nothing more than to shuttle you to and from your choice of locations. The concierge is available via text; you just text them when you are ready to be picked up, and just moments later, they arrive.  Honestly, I haven't found another spot on the island that can compete with this level of luxury service.

Not only that, but it's stunning, and every detail has been thought out and over. I always feel like a guest in a fabulous apartment where they all know your name and are invested in your stay. We felt like guests in an apartment, and coming down each morning to see our friends and doorman was just such a plus. I am 100% staying at The Colony every time I visit. After such a fabulous time, I can't stay anywhere else. That being said, The Brazilian and The Breakers are unique, and if you love the vibe at either or both, I recommend them without any hesitation. If your partner is a golf player, The Breakers is a must for you.



Mary shared her visit to The Breakers in her post, and my friend Ashley shared her fantastic visit to The Pineapple Pad. I think they would both recommend their lodging to everyone. I love that you have so many unique and gorgeous options for staying in such a beautiful place.




What To Do ... 

I highly recommend visiting Palm Beach in the off-season from May to October. The island is quiet, and you can experience its beauty and charm. Walking and biking are the best ways to see so many hidden sights, and staying at The Colony is ideal for walking to Worth Avenue for shopping, eating, and enjoying the beach. If you stay at The Colony, they will transport you back and forth from the beach, set you up with chairs and towels, and retrieve you when you are done. Since PB is on the Atlantic, the surf is rougher, better for walking and resting, and less for using a float all day in the ocean. 




Palm Beach offers many shopping options, and I highly recommend you take one full day to walk both Worth Avenue to discover all the fantastic shops + all the hidden vias.  It is so beautiful, and so many little shops are hidden along the way.  The beach is a fabulous option, and you can start your day watching the sunrise and end your day watching the moon rise over the ocean.  This area of South Florida is so different from other areas on the coast, the beach is a mix of rocks and open area, and it's great for shelling and walking.  Going off-season gives you the view of so many sea turtle nests, and if you time it just right, you can be there to watch them hatch, which is a bucket list item for sure.





Where To Eat ... 

Breakfast/Brunch ...

The Colony—Eat poolside at Swifty's; I highly recommend the Yogurt Parfait with a side of scrambled eggs and bacon to share. The fresh-squeezed juice is delish.
Surfside Diner - Classic diner and so delish.
Benny's on the Beach - a true South Palm Beach classic and the only place you can eat on the water. Everything is so yummy, but take advantage of the Key Lime Pancakes.
Cafe Boulud is so pretty, and the Lex Price Fixe for brunch is so yummy. I recommend the oatmeal, omelet, and key lime pie.
Sant Ambroeus—the avocado toast is a must, and you can get a fabulous coffee. I prefer to sit in the coffee bar, and you can make sure you snag some Italian cookies for an afternoon treat.


Lunch ... 

Bricktops - Palm Beach salad is hands down my favorite, and the side of fries is a must-have.
Green's Luncheonette - PB classic ... order one of the club sandwiches with a milkshake
Pizza Al Fresco - so delish and perfect for a breezy day
buccan sandwich shop ... a few sandwiches would be amazing to enjoy in one of the many parks or as a picnic at the beach
Sant Ambroeus - just like breakfast, this is an ideal spot for lunch, especially if you have been shopping. Everything is amazing; the pasta and pizza are a perfect lunch treat; pair it with an Aperol Spritz, the best on the island.
Henry's—owned by The Breakers—is another excellent spot for lunch. The lobster roll is divine, as are so many other options on the menu. It is not on the hotel's property, which is perfect if you just wish to pop in while shopping or biking. The food and drinks are delish. 
Hive Bakery & Cafe is actually in West Palm Beach and perfectly positioned near all the amazing shopping and antique spots. It would be perfect when you have set aside time to shop Dixie Highway and grab some lunch. 




Dinner ...

Palm Beach Grill
Seafood Bar - doesn't take reservations 
buccan
Cafe Boulud at Brazilian Court
Henry's Palm Beach 
Renato's - Italian and perfect in every way
La Groulue - French and fabulous
The Honor Bar
Flagler Steakhouse
Pizza Al Fresco - perfect for a group ... order a variety of pizza + apps and eat under the twinkle lights

Drinks ...

HMF - perfect for before dinner or after dinner with dessert
Swifty's Bar at The Colony
The Honor Bar before dinner at the Palm Beach Grill
Leopard Lounge - people-watching extraordinaire


Where to Shop ... 

As I mentioned above you need to walk Worth Avenue.  Do not miss stopping into The Lilly store and Stubbs & Wootton, two of my favorites, but this is just the beginning of the list. I also highly recommend C. Orrico, Stubbs & Wooten, Mary Mahoney, The Church Mouse, Julia Amory, Loriand  Jayne (both stores), and do not miss Lycette Designs. Jessica has a gorgeous needlepoint shop and if you are new to needlepoint she will teach you how.  Learning to needlepoint from Jessica is definitely a highlight of my trip.

Take advantage of the Royal Poinciana Plaza. You can eat, shop, and wander around the beautiful area for a few hours.  We stopped into Hermes, Stoney Clover, Roberta Roller Rabbit, Assouline Books, and so many more.  After some shopping, grab an iced coffee or a gelato + some cookies at Sant Ambroeus. Very near, you will find Skinny Dip, which is an excellent option for their collection of designers and artisans in the area.  Skinny Dip is a must-see!



If you love antiquing like me, you can rent a car and head to Dixie Highway for a whole afternoon of walking and shopping at the best shops in West Palm Beach.  The shopping is like none other! If you love a good thrifting trip, the shops along the coast in this area are filled with all sorts of treasures.  Do some digging and be ready to rent a truck to get all of your treasures home. Also, do not skip out on Circa Who (tell Scott I sent you) and Palm Beach Regency; these are two of the best shops for Palm Beach d├ęcor.


If you have never been to Palm Beach, you must go; if you are an addict as I am, you understand the island's magic.  There is truly nothing like it for me.

Happy Thursday!


Images by Andrea Kinnear Photography


3 comments:

  1. Thank's a million for this! On my bucket list!

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  2. How blessed you are to have found these two soul mates, Caroline and Mary, and that you are all able to go on such wonderful adventures. I only recently found your blog and so enjoyed looking and reading about your time in Palm Beach. I doubt that I will find my way to PB, but you certainly could be an ambassador for them. Thank you, MM

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  3. Looks like a fun time! Where can we get that cute pink luggage?

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