You need a daycation to Palm Beach this summer and here's why

From The Breakers Hotel to the beach, the Worth Avenue Clock Tower and the hidden courtyards, Palm Beach can be chill or glamorous. 


Need a daycation? Skip the flight and the long drive. You live in Palm Beach County, my friend. That means you live a quick bike or drive away from Palm Beach Island. You can make this into a super chill daycation or a glamorous one. The choice is yours. But first, charge up that phone.

It’s true that Palm Beach makes anyone with a smartphone an amateur photographer. The abundance of luxury rides -- from Teslas and Rolls Royces to Maseratis  and Bentleys -- make the streets feel like a 24/7 car show. Add in the one-of-a-kind restaurants and flower-framed courtyards and voila! You’ve been transported to another country. It really is quite magical. 

And even better, visiting Palm Beach doesn’t have to be a glamorous trip that breaks your bank. If you want to keep it chill like I do, you can still enjoy the natural beauty and architecture of this island. I prefer to cruise and take in the views from two wheels instead of four. So grab your favorite people and steal a weekday or weekend to relax and enjoy. 

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Weekend bike ride to Palm Beach

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I highly suggest you make this into a bike ride. Just make sure you bring a lock for your bike and plenty of water and sunblock. If you decide to drive, here’s where you can park for free: 

  1. Worth Ave
  2. Sunrise Ave
  3. Sunset Ave
  4. Hammon Ave
  5. Gulfstream Ave
  6. Peruvian Ave

Pro Tip: Parking is free for two hours on most of the streets parallel to Worth Avenue, including those listed above. Just look for the signs. Or leave your car in West Palm at one of the city garages and rent a Skybike instead.


DAY TRIP HOT STOPS IN PALM BEACH, (in no particular order):

GRAB SOME COURTYARD CAFFEINE (IF YOU CAN FIND IT)

I definitely need to start my day with some coffee. There are a couple places near and around Worth Avenue to get your fix. You just have to find them as they won’t be in plain sight. Just walk around Worth Avenue, and when you see an opening, duck into these. These picturesque, hidden courtyards are the things of Hollywood romance movies. You can get coffee at Starbucks, Cafe Via Flora, Renato’s or Bice.

Pro Tip: While you’re on Worth Ave. — after you grab your Starbucks — walk west, away from the water, to the stop light. Look left. Grab your phone and snap a picture in front of one of Palm Beach’s most high-profile gardens: The Living Wall.

Pro Tip: While you’re on Worth Ave. — after you grab your Starbucks — walk west, away from the water, to the stop light. Look left. Grab your phone and snap a picture in front of one of Palm Beach’s most high-profile gardens: The Living Wall.


INDULGE IN THE ARTS 


Get inspired and ignite your mind while slowly walking through the art gallery within the Children’s Library or exploring the botanical gardens. Don’t forget to check out the garden’s event calendar to see if there is something fun happening while you’re there. Admission is free. And don’t forget the bug spray!

Pro Tip: If you ever just need a day out of the office, you know, to actually get stuff done for work, the library here is inspiring.

The Society of the Four Arts;  2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach; (561) 655-7227; Facebook Page.


FIXER UPPER ON YOUR HANDS? GET INSPIRED BY THE SILVER FUND

You’ll want to throw away everything you own at home after visiting this store. This a great place to see iconic, mid-century design. The Silver Fund has carefully curated thousands of pieces from private estates, auctions and other places to select only the most exceptional items. You can see original pieces by designers like Milo Baughman, Pierre Paulin and Vladimir Kagan, which can be a source of inspiration and even education. 

Pro tip: Ask for Jason or Miguel, they’re very helpful and know a lot about history and design. 

The Silver Fund: 330 Worth Ave, Palm Beach, FL 33480; 561-629-5153.


THE BEACH, OF COURSE

There are six miles of beach with lifeguards stationed just north of Worth Avenue, open sunrise to sunset. And locals and tourists alike love where ritzy Worth Avenue meets the ocean. This easy-to-reach beach recently underwent a retention project to replenish its sand.

If your Palm Beach day trip doesn’t include getting in the water, no worries. The beach is so close to Ocean Boulevard that you can walk along the salmon-covered sea wall and take in beautiful blue views without removing your shoes.

Palm Beach Municipal Beach: 375 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach; 561-838-5483.

Man, this county is beautiful: Fun facts and info about Palm Beach County beaches


Spotted a sea creature!

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Pro Tip: I like biking around the island and finding the public beach access points that have fewer tourists. The beach isn’t just open from Worth Ave, people. So get to riding (or walking), my friends. Exploring this beautiful island is well worth the time.


TAKE A BREAK, GRAB SOME FOOD

For a light lunch — because you still have a lot of daycaying to do — opt for TooJay’s, a Florida classic and a Palm Beacher’s favorite. We love the chicken salad with a side of soup. You won’t spend more than 12 bucks. 

TooJay’s Gourmet Deli: 313 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach; (561) 659-7232.


DESSERT? GET THAT TOO! 

Sprinkles has some of the best ice cream in town — like not just the town of Palm Beach but in all of Palm Beach County. And since it stays hot outside, stop by Sprinkles when you decide you just can't take the heat any longer. It's super cute — a great spot to grab a cold dessert before walking to the water

Pro Tip: Sprinkles is known for its chocolate ice cream, but a seasonal fav is the banana pudding ice cream and the rum raisin.

Sprinkles: 279 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach; (561) 659-1140; Facebook page.


IT’S SOCIAL O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE

At The Breakers, the recently renovated Seafood Bar and HMF are the best places to drop in for a drink. There’s no VIP list or secret password, but there are all kinds of goodness — stellar cocktails, food, ambiance and service. 

You can also check out The Colony Hotel’s Royal Room for a relaxing, cabaret-type vibe with first-class live performances. It only fits 100 people, so make your reservations in advance. You can also check out Royal Poinciana where there are several restaurants and bars to fit your style.


I’d call anywhere you want to go to see if they have a dress code. Remember: You’re creating your own daycay vibes here. 

More relaxation ahead: Top staycation spots in Palm Beach County for 2017


THE CLOCK TOWER

The Clock tower is a staple in Palm Beach. It faces both Worth Ave and the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll often see people taking pictures, couples kissing or artists finding inspiration like the fashion designer photographed here.

Art can be inspired by many things, but for fashion designers Anabella Montgomery and Kate Hannah the inspiration comes mostly from people and places. And lately, their muse can be found in Palm Beach County. You’ll see when you get there: The muse comes easy at the Worth Ave Clock Tower.

The Clock Tower: 423 S Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL 33480 .


IN SEARCH OF CHANEL

If you’re into finding deals an you love fashion, then thrifting on Palm Beach will quickly become your slive of heaven. At The Church Mouse, you’ll find pedigreed antiques, fine jewelry and designer duds that have gotten the interest of Martha Stewart on many occasions (Note: It’s closed during the summer). And at the Goodwill Embassy Boutique, you’ll come across a well-curated shop with a fine selection of artwork, jewelry and designer clothing. 

Get your thrift on! Best thrift stores in Palm Beach County


SAY HELLO TO THE NICEST FRENCHMAN YOU’VE EVER MET

Maurice Amiel is the owner of The French Wine Merchant. No matter your level of wine tasting or knowledge, Maurice will provide personal service. Prices are reasonable and most of his wines are unique — not sold in chain or liquor stores. Follow the shop’s Facebook page for wine tasting details.

Pro Tip: Don't miss his bi-weekly wine tastings (Fridays), which usually include 5-6 wines and a discount off any of the bottles featured in the tasting if you decide to make a purchase. 

The French Wine Merchant: 139 N County Rd # 3, Palm Beach, (561) 833-7712; Facebook Page.


AN ARCHITECTURAL BEAUTY

The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea has had several architectural changes since 1889. The church features an interesting, Gothic revival architectural style, but it didn’t always look the way it does today.


Latergram from exploring with Mom.

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Read the history of the church by clicking here.

The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea: 141 S County Rd, Palm Beach, FL 33480; 561-655-4554.


OTHER STOPS FOR YOUR DAYCATION, PALM BEACH ISLAND STYLE:

Before you leave, make sure to travel this scenic drive. It’s one of the best scenic drives in Palm Beach County:


This day trip originally published on July 7, 2017 by Corvaya Jeffries and was updated and re-published by Julio Poletti on August 1, 2018.


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