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Traveling With a Disability in The Palm Beaches

Travel influencer Lily Yu shares her experience as a deaf visitor in Palm Beach County.

It was our first trip to The Palm Beaches, Florida! We had the most wonderful time of our lives and visiting The Palm Beaches gave us beautiful memories that we will always remember for our lifetime! We would like to share our 3-day itinerary, experiences, and tips, so you can keep it in your mind when visiting Palm Beach County in the future.

Lily Yu under the Clock Tower
Courtesy of Lily Yu 

Day One

My husband, Daniel, and I got an ADA-Accessible Deluxe King room booked at The Seagate Hotel in Delray Beach for 2 nights. The room has a cozy king bed, sleeper sofa, and amenities such as a ramp-accessible private balcony and an oversized marble shower with grab bars. The view was beautiful outside the private balcony with two chairs and a small table. I let The Seagate Hotel and Spa know my husband and I are both deaf, and they wanted to accommodate our needs by providing an interpreter for us when we checked in.

Seagate aerial pool

 

We arrived on time for check-in and met an interpreter on-site and The Seagate Hotel and Spa members. Our meeting went smoothly, and our communication was easy with a fantastic CERTIFIED INTERPRETER! We were very impressed with how deaf friendly they are and understood how to accommodate deaf people’s needs; We had never experienced having an amazing interpreting service for check-in. I highly recommend deaf people to stay at The Seagate Hotel when visiting Delray Beach! The Seagate Hotel and Spa is a cute boutique hotel for nearly 100 years in the charming town of Delray Beach and provides everything you need, including an outdoor heated swimming pool, whirlpool spa, wellness center with fitness classes, a full-service spa, steam rooms, and a tranquility lounge, gift shop, café, and restaurant.

Tips: If you stay at The Seagate Hotel and Spa, you can request for a private shuttle in the front of the hotel entrance and a chauffeur can take you anywhere in Delray Beach for up to few miles and to the Beach Club. You don’t need to drive and park at the garage instead.

After we checked in, we decided to take a stroll in the Downtown Delray Beach nearby. It was recently awarded “Best of the Road – Most Fun Small Town in America” by Rand McNally and USA Today. Downtown Delray Beach has many cute boutique shops, galleries, restaurants, and artworks. We took pictures and videos of the cute Pineapple Grove Sign at the Pineapple Grove Arts District and huge pineapple sculpture with the tall palm trees.

Lily Yu in Pineapple Grove
Courtesy of Lily Yu

Then, we drove to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens which is around 30 minutes away. The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since 1977. Visiting there made us feel like we were traveling in Japan! We saw many beautiful animals such as koi fishes, turtles, lizards, and colorful birds. You can buy fish food for only a dollar to feed koi fishes. There’s a Bonsai Collection display where you can view many different kinds of bonsai! It’s the Japanese art of growing and training mini trees in the containers. The museum hosts several exhibitions of Japanese art and artifacts throughout the year, and you can even buy souvenirs at the Morikami Museum Store. They have a Tea House where you can participate in a tea ceremony.

Morikami Museum

 

Tips: Stop by Cornell Café, the open-air café on the terraces overlooking the gardens. You can order authentic Japanese lunches from a Pan-Asian inspired menu. We ordered sushi, bento boxes, and boba tea. Everything tasted good! Not only that, but the price is also reasonable. The Japanese garden is huge! Make sure to wear comfortable sneakers to be prepared for a long walk.

After visiting Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, we went back to our hotel to get ready for dinner at Atlantic Grille, located in The Seagate Hotel and Spa. We have already made a dinner reservation and when we arrived at the restaurant, they asked us if we needed an interpreter. We nodded and did not expect an interpreter was waiting for us! We were surprised because we had never experienced interpreting service for dinner before and it was easy to communicate with a waiter without having to type on our phone! We invited an interpreter to join us for dinner and we enjoyed chatting to get to know each other better. The view was beautiful in front of us – the baby sharks in a big tank! Eating New American Cuisine for dinner was amazing from the appetizer down to the dessert! Seafood and meats were fresh with organic ingredients! We also tried the famous Florida’s Key Lime Pie. It was delicious!​

Lily Yu at Atlantic grille
Courtesy of Lily Yu

Day Two

We ate breakfast at Atlantic Grille to get refreshed for a long day! We attended the Norton Museum of Art for a private tour with ASL interpreters. The tour is a great way to experience the extraordinary permanent collections and special exhibitions with a museum tour guide expert which made it more interesting because we learned a lot about art history. The Norton Museum of Art features over 8,200 artworks in 5 different departments including European, American, Chinese, Contemporary and Photography. I loved seeing some of my favorite artists’ work such as Dale Chihuly and Pablo Picasso! There’s a beautiful glass ceiling where you can walk under.

Norton Museum of Art

Tips: If you want to save time, you can stop by The Restaurant at The Norton located inside the museum for lunch. Light modern-American food was good with breathtaking garden views! There’s indoor and outdoor seating. The service was top notch! After lunch, we explored Palm Beach for the rest of our day! Did you know Palm Beach is one of the wealthiest cities in Florida? This vibrant city offers so much like excellent shopping, unique dining, museums, and beaches in a walking distance!

Things to do in Palm Beach:
1. Royal Palm Way is stunning because the tall palm trees are lined up in 4 rows on a street!
2. Palm Beach Memorial Fountain is a beautiful linear plaza with a central reflecting pool and fountain.
3. The Colony Hotel is the pinkest boutique hotel since 1947. Very cute!
4. Worth Avenue Clock Tower is a gorgeous landmark sit right at the entrance to Worth Avenue and behind the Mid-Town Municipal Beach. Worth Avenue is a must to see because it’s one of the most beautiful, upscale shopping districts in America! There are several cute courtyards like Via Mizner, Via Amore, and Via Parigi. Via Mizner courtyard has beautiful, tiled stairways.
5. The Breakers Palm Beach is one of America’s most iconic resorts. The Breakers is an Italian Renaissance-style hotel on 140 acres of oceanfront property!
6. Church of Bethesda-By-The-Sea is the oldest existing congregation in Palm Beach with a gothic revival style, surrounding a beautiful courtyard and garden.

Lily Yu on Worth Avenue
Courtesy of Lily Yu

Day Three

We ate breakfast at Atlantic Grille again. After breakfast, we relaxed by the pool and suntanned by the beach at The Seagate Beach Club. I love the Beach Club because you can have exclusive access to a private beach with no crowds! The Beach Club is for members and registered hotel guests only. There’s also a saltwater swimming pool, dining room and outdoor patio bar where you can order food and drinks. They offer valet parking and complimentary water and towel you can bring to the pool and beach. You can rent a cabana and water sports. The beach is beautiful because of crystal clear water ocean and soft, white sands! It was a perfect day under the sun.
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Seagate beach aerial view

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