Palm Beach has always been the winter playground of the elite like Henry Flagler, the Kennedy family and Donald Trump. However the beaches of Palm Beach are at their best in the summer when the winds die and the seas are calm. In the summer, the water clears, boats anchor up offshore and everybody enjoys the water which is just cool enough to provide relief from the Florida sun.
Shopping on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach
Palm Beach is where the rich and famous from all over the world come to play and when they want to shop they head to Worth Avenue. The shopping district, known simply as ‘The Avenue’ to locals, runs through 100-300 blocks of the street. This is where you’ll find stores like Chanel and Gucci, Escada, Cartier, Christian Dior, Valentino, Jimmy Choo, Lacoste and Saks Fith Avenue. Head to the 300 block and shop at Anglea Moore, Elenaor Duffy and Au Cashmere, you can visit the Galeria of Sculpture or the John H. Surovek Gallery.
When you get thirsty or just need a quick boost enjoy some Starbucks coffee. When you’re ready to stop and eat try the see and be seen spot for lunch Bice, for dinner stop by Renato’s or Trevini Restorante. When your done shopping you can relax by the pool at your hotel, you can at stay at the Four Seasons Resort, the Ritz-Carlton, or the Chesterfield to mention a few. All in all the perfect South Florida day.
Places to Stay in Palm Beach
Palm Beach, just the name makes you want to go and when you get there you can stay right on the ocean at the Palm Beach Oceanfront Inn or the Breakers, two blocks back from the ocean in the tropical Brazillian Court Hotel. If your more comfortable with chain hotels the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Palm Beach and the Best Western West Palm Beach Airport, the Inn of America. If you’re looking for a great place to hold your next conference you can book it at the Windsor Gardens Hotel & Conference Center.
Dine and Party at CityPlace and the Clematis Street District
Urban shopping and entertainment districts are popping up all around Florida as communities rediscover the value of providing open places where people can meet, walk around and enjoy life. West Palm Beach’s CityPlace and Clematis District is a place where couples and families can feel safe. Singles and the young people will enjoy the entertainment, people watching and nightlife.
There are a variety of restaurants at CityPlace including IL Bellagio, Jinja Asian Bar & Bistro, Saito’s Japanese Steak House, La Salsa and Cheeburger Cheeburger and everywhere you go there seems to be a Starbucks or other coffee shop. Some of the more popular night clubs are Brewzzi, Blue Martini and Wet Willies.
Transportation within CityPlace and the Clematis District is provided by the The Downtown Trolley which rolls by about every 10 minutes. The open air trolley is clean and comfortable and it’s free.
Shopping along Clematis and at CityPlace is upscale and features Macy’s, Mayors Jewelers, Williams-Sonoma and many others.
Parking at CityPlace is ample with garages located throughout. Parking on Clematis is a little tougher at peak times with cell phone/change parking meters.
Great activities to try and nearby attractions:
•Golf -You will find many well-manicured golf courses such as the one at the PGA National Resort and Spa where you can spend days trying to play all 900 holes.
•A home built by oil tycoon Henry Flagler as a gift to his third wife has become a beautiful museum and tribute to him and his family.
•The Flagler Museum offers a tour of this mansion consisting of 55 rooms filled with beautiful antique furniture and artwork. The Flagler grounds are masterfully landscaped too and it’s just a magnificent spot to spend a leisurely afternoon. Spend a few more hours at the Norton Museum of Art for some very prestigious collections from all over the world.