Top 15 things to do in The Palm Beaches

  • By Sam Taylor
  • Published 26 June 2014
  • Revised 20 June 2017
Top 15 things to do in The Palm Beaches
  • By Sam Taylor
  • Published 26 June 2014
  • Revised 20 June 2017
Top 15 things to do in The Palm Beaches
  • By Sam Taylor
  • Published 26 June 2014
  • Revised 20 June 2017
Americas first resort destination

Dating back to 1893 when American industrialist Henry Flagler developed the largest wooden structure in the world; the Royal Poinciana Hotel, Palm Beach. He also linked his railroad from the north of America to South Florida. Then, later in 1986 Flagler opened the Palm Beach Inn, which is now the luxurious 5-star hotel known globally as The Breakers Palm Beach. Since this time Palm Beach has become a haven for Hollywood stars, literary and artistic icons, as well as international business entrepreneurs.

culinary landscape

An area that flourishes in celebrity chefs, independent, local restaurants, five-star resort dining and the availability of cuisine from every corner of the globe that has led to The Palm Beaches having such a prestigious and accredited culinary scene. World-famous chefs operating in the area include Masaharu Morimoto, Daniel Boulud, Clay Conley and Lindsay Autry, who have all been influential in creating this diverse culinary landscape. The Palm Beaches is also home to numerous annual food events, such as Boca Bacchanal and Savor the Avenue.
world class shopping

Labelled as the ‘Rodeo Drive of the East Coast’, Worth Avenue is unquestionably The Palm Beaches most distinguished shopping destination, characterised by its assortment of designer boutiques. Other popular hotspots include Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, renowned by its quaint and quirky shops, while downtown Boca Raton’s Royal Palm Place and Mizner Park feature high-end shopping facilities, designed with Mediterranean-style courtyards. Or take a trip to CityPlace situated in downtown West Palm Beach and explore its contemporary open-air shopping and entertainment district.
beaches, waterways and marinas

An elongated 47 miles of pristine Atlantic coastline, intertwined with what seems like an infinity of waterways makes water based activities a hugely popular pastime in The Palm Beaches. Whether its fishing, snorkelling and diving, or sailing, yachting and boating, there’s something to suite all tastes. All this is complimented by the consistently warm Floridian climate, with an average temperature of 75 degrees, creating waters that are warm for bathers and crystal clear for divers. Numerous marinas also make docking a yacht or chartering a boat very easy.
Floridas golf capital

Undoubtedly one of the greatest golfing destinations on a global scale, The Palm Beaches has no fewer than 160 private and public golf courses, including The Breakers Palm Beach, PGA National Resort & Spa and the Boca Raton Resort & Club. In addition to the golf courses there is also a vast selection of teaching facilities, pro shops, driving ranges and the Junior Golf Academy. The Palm Beaches largest golfing accolade is being home to the PGA of America, hosting two of its most eagerly awaited tournaments, the Honda Classic and The Allianz Championship.

Spas and wellness

The Palm Beaches is blessed by an assortment of world-leading luxurious spas, practicing rejuvenating treatments of the highest quality. Numerous spa and wellness centres offer customers a list of mineral pools and Dead Sea salts, as well as exclusive product lines and plush treatments, to work on the mind, body and soul and for guests to reach new levels of relaxation whilst on their holiday. Some of the most notorious spas and wellness centres include The Spa at PGA National Resort & Spa, The Spa at The Breakers and The Spa at the Four Seasons Resort.

cultural haven

Perhaps something that doesn’t jump to mind when you think about The Palm Beaches, but in actuality the county is occupied by more than 200 theatres, museums, art centres, indoor and outdoor performance venues and many more cultural sites. Some of the most visited places include the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens and the Kravis Centre. These thriving art districts located within The Palm Beaches are what makes this county Florida’s Cultural Capital® reinforced by its annual events such as Art Palm Beach, the American International Fine Art Fair and SunFest.

perfect for families

The Palm Beaches is excellent at accommodating all types of visitors, but in particular families are extremely well looked after. Within the county are over 100-family friendly attractions, offering active, educational and cultural experiences. Popular family days out include climbing up Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, visiting Loggerhead Marine-life Centre’s dedicated sea turtle rehabilitation centre, observing wildlife at the Lion Country Safari and exploring the South Florida Science Museum. This is also plenty to do outdoors, such as canoeing the waterways or going for a family hike.

big bass fishing

In particular The Palm Beaches are notorious for its big bass, with anglers dropping their lines in the second largest freshwater lake in the United States, Lake Okeechobee in an attempt to land themselves a sizeable trophy fish. The vast quantity of canals, estuaries and intracoastal waterways enables The Palm Beaches to have a year round fishing season, with varying species of fish being more prolific during certain times of the year. To top it off, anglers can take advantage of complimentary boat and kayak docking at any of the ports that are part of The Palm Beaches Intracoastal.

unique expereinces

The Palm Beaches excels in offering its visitors experiences which they will find hard to find anywhere else in the United States without having to break the bank. Unique experiences include full moon bike rides along the riverbank, interactive animal encounters at the Lion Country Safari, as well as spring training that takes place for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Florida Marlins. Or for a more educational wildlife experience, head over to the Loggerhead Marine life Centre and experience this unique rehabilitation facility for turtles.

wildlife gems

Situated on the periphery to The Florida Everglades allows visitors visiting The Palm Beaches the opportunity to voyage through this natural landscape. The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge consists of 221 square miles of Everglade ecosystems, encircled by a further 57 miles of canals. Arguably the fastest and most enjoyable way to enjoy this natural gem is an airboat ride, or opt for a kayak to enjoy the Everglades at your own pace. The coastal waters are also excellent for divers and snorkelers with more than 20 reefs to uncover.

Polo events

The Palm Beaches district of Wellington in consistently placed in the top three for polo and equestrian activity on a global scale. Most recognised is The International Polo Club Palm Beach, home to some of the sports best polo players which also lies at the heart of the areas elite social scene from January to April each year. Polo School is available for children and adults for both novices and experienced players. Nearby lies the Palm Beach Equestrian Centre; every Saturday night thousands come to watch this competitive sport, followed by nightlife that continues well into the night.


The Palm Beaches has no shortage of nightlife, from dance clubs and rooftop bars to waterfront family film nights and street festivals, evening entertainment can be found everywhere you look. Popular areas to explore after the sun goes down include Downtown West Palm Beach, the Waterfront Commons and CityPlace, where free live music, open air events and street parties are all connected via complimentary buses. Alternatively to sample more than 100 bars and restaurants Atlantic Avenue and Pineapple Grove in Downtown Delray Beach are excellent options.


15 distinct districts

Divided into 15 distinct districts; 12 targeted towards shopping and dining, 2 specialising in eco-adventures and 1 that houses the Convention Centre, all situated along the Gold Coast and stretching west towards Lake Okeechobee. Each district varies considerable in the attractions it offers in terms of once in a lifetime experiences, culture and annual events. The Palm Beaches are made up by districts that include Palm Beach and Worth Avenue, Clematis Street, CityPlace and Convention & Entertainment District in West Palm Beach, Northwood Village, Antique Row and Palm Beach Gardens.
something for everyone

The Palm Beaches is characterised by its stunning collection of luxury resorts, boutique and globally acclaimed hotel brands, as well as its world leading culinary landscape, hugely desirable boutiques and a nightlife scene that is evident all year round. 15 Districts, 47 miles of pristine coastlines and its vast quantity of attractions, events and cultural venues has amalgamated in The Palm Beaches being highly ranked among the world’s best in both luxury and summer vacation categories by none other than US News & World Report.

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