Weekend Guide to Palm Beach
Arts & Culture
Visiting Palm Beach Island (yes, it’s an island!) is like stepping into another world. However, it has a lot more to offer than the prep and pomp the name arouses. The best time to visit is during “season” as locals call it, which runs November through March. The weather is warm and sunny, making it a perfect time to run or bike the gorgeous trails and enjoy your meals al fresco. In this guide, I’ll show you the must-see monuments, as well as the hidden gems.
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Where to stay in Palm Beach, Florida
The Brazilian Court Hotel
A Palm Beach stunner walking distance to the beach, with a Spanish Colonial style and lush pool gardens.
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The Colony Hotel
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Things to do in Palm Beach, Florida
Royal Poinciana Plaza: This outdoor luxury shopping plaza is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. It is home to designer boutiques like Hermes and Cartier, but is infinitely more charming than your typical mall. Unique touches include the beautifully appointed courtyard, complete with sculptures, fountains and seating, as well as the stunning florals, art and light fixtures sprinkled throughout. Insider tip: open the pink fridge located next to the restrooms to find popsicles and coloring books to keep your little ones entertained.
Soul Cyle at Royal Poinciana Plaza: Also check out the annual outdoor Soul Cycle pop-up studio at Royal Poinciana Plaza, where you can spin in style.
Lake Trail: My favorite feature of the island is the 5-mile pedestrian and bike trail, which is bordered by the Lake Worth Lagoon on one side and multi-million dollar estates on the other. There are several entrances to Lake Trail, including one conveniently located near Royal Poinciana Plaza. You’ll find locals walking their dogs or strollers as they take in the views of yachts and palm trees. Insider tip: Visit the Palm Beach Bicycle Trail Shop to rent some wheels for your trek.
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum: Right along the Lake Trail, you’ll encounter this National Historical Landmark that operates as a museum. The beautiful mansion can be admired from the inside almost daily, except Mondays.
Giant Kapok Tree: Located along the Lake Trail and just south of the Flagler Museum, is one of the largest and oldest trees in Palm Beach. At nearly 200 years old, this preserved tree is a stunning sight to see.
Worth Ave: This road is synonymous with Palm Beach luxury, touting high-end boutiques and restaurants, some found in “Vias” winding off the main street, rich with European charm. At the top of Worth Avenue, you will find the iconic 25-foot-tall Clock Tower.
Society of the Four Arts: Possibly my favorite hidden gem on the island is the garden at the Society of Four Arts. The destination is actually a nonprofit organization, that facilitates many cultural programs including art exhibits and concerts. The Four Arts Botanical Gardens are open daily and include several alcoves showcasing various types of plants and wildlife. Within the garden is the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden, an open space with 20 sculptures, perfectly suited for an afternoon picnic.
Places to eat & drink in Palm Beach, Florida
Celis Juice Bar: This café with a location within Royal Poinciana Plaza is a local family business serving fresh and delicious juices and snacks.
Field of Greens: Another local favorite, FOG specializes in salads, wraps, açai bowls and more. The perfect spot to pick up lunch for your picnic.
Meat Market: When you’re ready to freshen up, visit this popular upscale steakhouse for a fun night out.
Sant Ambroeus: New York natives will recognize this beloved Italian eatery. Visit for a full meal or simply stop by for their signature gelato and baked goods.
Le Bilboquet: This hot spot off Worth Ave is known for its chic late-night scene. Nestled between designer boutiques, Bilbo offers brunch, lunch and dinner.
Swifty’s: Located within The Colony Hotel, Swifty’s is located next to the hotel’s pool. If you’re eager to experience Palm Beach’s classic pink and green preppy vibes, this is the place to be.
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