It’s time to stock up on sunscreen and dig out the beach towels.
Spring break is busting out all over Florida this month. College students from the East Coast and Midwest have begun their annual coastal invasion while Palm Beach County public school students are off March 20 until Monday, March 27.
There are plenty of options to fill your sunny days.
BEST WATERFRONT RESTAURANTS & BARS
What do we want after a day in the sun? A drink on the water, with some fish dip and conch fritters. Here are five of our favorite waterfront spots:
Square Grouper Tiki Bar: Sit with your toes in the sand listening to live music while watching the sun sink behind the Jupiter Lighthouse.
1111 Love St., Jupiter; 561-575-0252.
Guanabanas: There’s a good reason this lushly landscaped outdoor bar is usually packed: it’s beautiful and the tropical menu is delicious. Live music.
960 N. A1A, Jupiter; 561-747-8878
Sailfish Marina: Headquarters for a charter boat fleet, this complex is close to Peanut Island (a water taxi operates regularly from the floating dock). Don’t miss the Thursday night Sunset Celebration with arts and crafts and live music. Kids will love feeding the ravenous crevalle jacks that live under the docks.
98 Lake Dr., Palm Beach Shores; 561-844-1724.
Old Key Lime House: The owners claim this colorful 19th century building is the oldest waterfront restaurant in the state. It’s a swamp of University of Florida support, so FSU fans beware.
300E. Ocean Ave., Lantana; 561-582-1889.
Spring break is all about the beach. And we have plenty to pick from Palm Beach County’s 45-miles of beaches. Here are fun facts and information on ones from Tequesta to Boca Raton:
You think you know water sports? Here are eight aquatic activities in Palm Beach County that every Floridian or spring breaker should know about or at least try:
It’s always fun to get out on the water, so if water sports isn’t your thing, try these tours:
Diva Duck Amphibious Tour: It’s a boat. It’s a bus. No, it’s both! 600 S. Rosemary in CityPlace, 561-844-4188
Majestic Princess: Dinner, brunch and sightseeing cruises by homes of the rich and famous on the Intracoastal Waterway, at the Riviera Beach Marina, 200 E. 13th St., Riviera Beach.
Hakuna Matata: Catamaran sunset, snorkeling and booze cruises, Visit Palm Beach on the West Palm Beach waterfront at 100 N. Clematis St., 561-881-9757
Manatee Queen: In Jupiter Island, history and sunset tours, at the Rustic Inn Crab House, 1065 N. A1A, Jupiter; 561-744-2191
PB Water Taxi: “Then and Now” Cruise, private charters, shuttle to Peanut Island, at the Sailfish Marina, 98 Lake Dr., Palm Beach Shores.
Jonathan Dickinson State Park Loxahatchee River Tours: Wilderness boat tours, Trapper Nelson historic site, canoe, kayak and fishing tours, 16450 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound; 561-746-1466
Conch Cruises: Intracoastal and Loxahatchee River tours, to Jupiter Island, Trapper Nelson historic site, at U-Tiki Beach Marina, 1095 N. A1A, Jupiter; 561-797-9979
Loxahatchee Everglades Airboat Rides: Glide over sawgrass to see alligators, birds and learn the history of the River of Grass, 5492 Lox Rd, Parkland; 561-252-4030
CycleParty: Take downtown West Palm Beach pub crawl on a 15-passenger pedal-powered trolley, 501 Fern St., West Palm Beach; 561-408-0848
Segway Tour: One or two hour tours of the island of Palm Beach and downtown West Palm Beach; 330 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-283-8818
NATURE & WILDLIFE
Manatee Lagoon: An FPL Eco-Discovery Center dedicated to the gentle sea cow of the Lake Worth Lagoon, this two-story learning center also has rotating exhibits on natural history. In the winter and early spring, manatees often gather here in the warm water outflow of a nearby power plant. Free admission, 6000 N. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach; 561-MANATEE.
McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary: Retired animal actors, rescued native wildlife and big cats who were once pets are among the 200 or so animals visible on daily tours; by reservation only, 129436 1st St. North, West Palm Beach; 561-790-2116.
Palm Beach Zoo: Koalas, bears, jaguars and Malayan tigers are some of the animals to be encountered at this lush, tropical animal park. Cafe, interactive fountain and a kid’s zone. 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-547-9453.
Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve: hiking trails and an elevated boardwalk wind through this 23-acre wetland inhabited by alligators, rare birds, deer, otter and bobcats. Guided kayaking trips available. 8264 Northlake Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-804-4985.
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge: This 144,000-acre portion of preserved northern Everglades includes hiking and biking trails, observation areas and boat ramps. Possible wildlife sightings include alligators, the rare snail kite, bald eagle, osprey and wading birds.
Main entrance at 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach. (561) 734-8303.
Lion Country Safari: This drive-through wildlife preserve in the western part of the county includes herds of zebra and African plains animals such as antelope and giraffe as well as African lions and chimpanzees. 2003 Lion Country Safari Rd., Loxahatchee; 561-793-1084