The Charming Towns of the Palm Beaches

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A guide to seven distinct communities in southeast Florida's Palm Beach County.

Starting in the north, here is a guide to the towns of the Palm Beaches.

Jupiter

Originally a fishing village, Jupiter is a popular vacation spot, drawing celebrities like Tiger Woods.

At Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, relax under a cabana on a secluded beach, float in the heated pool or indulge with a Swedish massage.

Baseball enthusiasts can catch Florida Marlins spring training games at Roger Dean Stadium, which also hosts the St. Louis Cardinals.

Check out the Food Shack, an island-style restaurant that epitomizes this laidback town. The sweet potato-crusted fish is a local favorite.

Palm Beach Gardens/Singer Island

Known as a golfer’s paradise, Palm Beach Gardens is home to the Professional Golfers’ Association of America.

Rub shoulders with golf’s top players at The Honda Classic, a yearly event at PGA National’s Champion course. Unwind at PGA National Resort & Spa, which underwent a $65 million renovation.

On Singer Island, across the bridge from Palm Beach Gardens, natural beauty is ubiquitous.

At nearby John D. MacArthur State Park, hike nature trails, snorkel along the beach or explore mangrove forests.

West Palm Beach

A bustling city with a jam-packed social calendar, West Palm Beach is an entertainment hotspot.

In downtown’s city square, live bands get people dancing at festivals and concerts. Every May, hundreds of thousands of people attend SunFest, Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival. Headliners have included Bob Dylan and No Doubt.

Cultural buffs can watch musicals at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts or view exhibits at Norton Museum of Art.

Discover chic eateries, shops and nightclubs at Clematis Street or CityPlace. Stay at hotels such as the Hyatt Place West Palm Beach/Downtown.

Palm Beach/Manalapan

Regarded as a playground for the wealthy, Palm Beach is unquestionably glamorous.

Shop at boutiques on Worth Avenue, known as the “Rodeo Drive of the East Coast.” Linger over lunch at trendy restaurants.

Palm Beach offers a wealth of accommodations. Founded by Henry Morrison Flagler, The Breakers boasts nine restaurants and five pools. The oceanfront Four Seasons Resort features an 11,000-square-foot spa and salon, while The Omphoy Ocean Resort is Palm Beach’s only beachfront boutique hotel.

At Manalapan, an affluent community on Palm Beach’s southernmost tip, experience relaxation at the five-star Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach. 

Wellington

Horse country lies just west of Palm Beach in Wellington.

Watch tournaments from private boxes at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Top Olympic riders compete at the 12-week-long Winter Equestrian Festival.

Over the years, the village has also seen its share of famous faces – including Madonna.

Delray Beach

Delray Beach is a beach town with style. Browse galleries along Atlantic Avenue and dine at gourmet restaurants and outdoor cafes.

For seaside views, visit Boston’s on the Beach, a casual restaurant serving New England-style seafood.

Stay at Crane’s BeachHouse, Sundy House or Delray Beach Marriott. Or try the Seagate Hotel and Spa, a recently opened luxury hotel.

Boca Raton

Design buffs will fall for Boca Raton, where renowned architect Addison Mizner left his mark. Mizner’s signature blend of Mediterranean, Moorish and Spanish-influenced designs appears throughout the city, including at Boca Raton Resort & Club. The resort, which joined the Waldorf-Astoria Collection, added a sushi bar by Masaharu Morimoto of “Iron Chef.”

Don’t miss the Boca Raton Museum of Art, which includes works by Picasso.

This article is brought to you by the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information about Palm Beach County, visit www.palmbeachfl.com.


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Anonymous December 16, 2009 12:00 AM
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