10 Ways to Enjoy The Palm Beaches

May 22, 2020

The unofficial start to summer is finally here!

Businesses in The Palm Beaches are re-opening with enhanced ways to keep you and your family healthy. If you need a weekend getaway, staycation or daycation to help cure your cabin fever, we know of a few places for you to get a change of scenery. 

1. Beaches

There are 26 public, guarded beaches along the Palm Beach County coastline for you to enjoy a dose of sunshine and salty ocean air. Let us help you find your perfect patch of golden sand on our beach information page. Re-opening guidelines vary depending on the beach, so be sure to do your research before packing a cooler, towels and sunscreen. To see the full list of Palm Beach County beaches, take a look at this map to find the one closest to you. Here’s a quick reference, in the meantime. 
All non-municipal County Beaches are open sunrise to sunset, with no specific restrictions other than congregating in groups of more than 10. However, South Inlet Park in Boca Raton will be closed until further notice.
  • Boca Raton: Open Sunrise to Sunset, with no specific restrictions other than congregating in groups of more than 10. Note, however, that city beachfront parks and parking facilities remain closed. For more details, see the City of Boca Raton’s message on Facebook. 
  • Highland Beach: Open Sunrise to Sunset with no restrictions, other than congregating in groups of more than 10.
  • Delray Beach: Lifeguards are on duty from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with lifeguards on duty. During this initial reopening phase, the City of Delray Beach has limited beach activity to WALKING, JOGGING, AND SWIMMING ONLY. No surfing, sunbathing, volleyball, group or organized activities, congregating, chairs, tents, umbrellas or cabana rentals allowed. Paid meter parking with time limits will be available first come first serve along A1A. Free City Resident Parking will be available at Anchor Park, IDs required. NO BEACH PARKING WILL BE PERMITTED in Beach area neighborhoods.
  • Ocean Ridge: Open Sunrise to Sunset with no restrictions other than congregating in groups of more than 10. No parking is available, but unloading and passenger drop off along Old Ocean Boulevard is allowed.
  • South Palm Beach: Open Sunrise to Sunset with no restrictions other than congregating in groups of more than 10.
  • Palm Beach: Town beaches remain closed until May 26. Once open, only active uses will be permitted such as WALKING, JOGGING AND SWIMMING ONLY. Passive activities are prohibited, including, but not limited to, sunbathing, lounging (whether on towels, blankets, chairs, or the like) grilling, congregating in groups of more than 10. No coolers will be permitted.
  • Lantana: Open sunrise to sunset with no restrictions other than congregating in groups of more than 10.
  • Lake Worth Beach: Open sunrise to sunset. Swimming is allowed only near life guarded areas. No other restrictions are in effect other than congregating in groups of more than 10.
  • Palm Beach Shores: Lifeguards on duty from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beach parking lots are closed, but there is a turn-around area at the beach parking lot to facilitate a drop off of people and beach chairs. Beach cabanas will be allowed at 50% capacity to ensure proper social distancing. They will be spaced at least 10 feet apart. No congregating is allowed in groups of more than 10.
  • Singer Island/Riviera Beach: The City encourages all individuals to practice social distancing, avoid gatherings of over 10 people, and wear facemasks or coverings when applicable.

2. Boating, Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

Underwater image from Phil Foster
There’s nothing like cruising along the gentle waters of the intracoastal or hitting the deep blue aboard a chartered boat with family and friends. If you rather mingle with life under the ocean’s surface, several local outfitters are happy to help you get there. Given the new limitations on capacity for different boat sizes, a trip out to sea will feel like a private experience just for you.
  • Blue Heron Fishing
  • Delray Yacht Cruises 
  • Get Wet Watersports
  • Jupiter Dive Center 
  • Lots of Yachts, Lots of Spots 
  • Palm Breeze Charters
  • PonTiki Cruises
  • Visit Palm Beach’s Hakuna Matata catamaran cruise 

3. Paddle Boarding and Water Activities

Riverbned Park
Ah, the serenity of paddling your way through the calm waterways of the intracoastal. Local mom-and-pop shops have their boards, jet skis, wave runners, kayaks and canoes ready and waiting for you. 
  • Blueline Surf & Paddle – Rentals for stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and surfboards 
  • Jupiter Outdoor Center - JOC is now accepting online reservations on the Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River. On the trail, you’re sure to see turtles, otters, deer, birds and other wildlife.
  • Parasailing Palm Beach
  • Visit Palm Beach

4. Natural Areas

Grassy Waters
Strap on your sneakers and explore the lush tropical landscapes of The Palm Beaches by kayak, canoe, bicycle or foot. After all, there are more than 30 natural areas to choose from, many of which have public-use facilities. More than 50 miles of walking and hiking trails beckon exploration, offering spectacular views of swamps, pine forests and scrub lands.

5. Animal Adventures

Florida Panther
Your friends have missed you. Your feathery, furry and scaly friends, that is. The Palm Beaches feature a variety of native wildlife sanctuaries, rehabilitation hospitals and animal parks that offer unforgettable experiences. While some locations, are still closed, these businesses are open for guests. If you’re looking forward to a specific experience, like feeding a giraffe, call the business ahead of time to confirm that those activities are currently available. 
  • Busch Wildlife
  • Lion Country Safari
  • Loggerhead Marinelife Center
  • Sandoway Discovery Center

6. Golf

Golfer at PGA National
Did you know there are more than 160 golf courses (plus, a Drive Shack) in The Palm Beaches… and they are all open! Take your pick from any of these recommended courses to perfect your swing (or just get your body moving). Reserved tee-times are strongly recommended, so call in advance for any other pertinent details.   

7. Shopping

Female Shopping
If you prefer the sights of today’s latest fashions, several malls and shopping districts are now open. Curbside pick-up is available at many retailers, for those who prefer to order online and have an associate deliver your goodies to your car. Some stores have specific requirements, like facial coverings, so be prepared to follow newly established guidelines. 
  • Boynton Beach Mall
  • Delray Marketplace
  • Downtown Palm Beach Gardens
  • Gardens Mall
  • Grandview Public Market
  • Mall at Wellington Green
  • Mizner Park
  • Palm Beach Outlets
  • PGA Commons
  • Rosemary Square 
  • Royal Poinciana Plaza
  • Town Center at Boca Raton
  • Worth Avenue 

8. Spa

We’ve all been indoors for two months, with some us spending more time than we ever thought possible with roommates, partners and kids. After all of this, you do deserve some “me” time. Tense muscles, dull skin and unbuffed nails are craving T.L.C. Fortunately, Palm Beach County spas have taken extra precautions to ensure guests can thoroughly enjoy head-to-toe relaxing experience. Call-ahead reservations are required, as reduced capacity and enhanced sanitation methods are in full effect. 
  • Bella Reina
  • J&G The Beauty Loft
  • The Breakers – Spa: nail care and hair treatments, only
  • Steiger Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Prado Spa & Salon

9. Signature Restaurants with Outdoor Dining

Women dining
In 2016, The Palm Beaches was voted by Conde Nast Traveler reader’s a top food destination in the United States. Good news – our dining scene has only grown since then, with even more talented chefs cooking up mouthwatering dishes. These restaurants are adhering to the strictest guidelines to keep employees and guests safe. Try outdoor restaurants like Guanabanas, which was featured on ABC’s The Bachelor, or 1000 North, which is owned by some famous names including Michael Jordan, Ernie Els, Justin Thomas and Marvin R. Shanken, the editor and publisher of Cigar Aficionado magazine. You can even reserve a private cabana at Hilton West Palm Beach for pool-side, dine-in service at Galley. Best of all, drinks will be made tableside versus the bar. (Cheers!)

10. Hotels

Hilton West Palm Beach
With so many activities to keep you busy for more than just one day, hotels throughout The Palm Beaches are ready to welcome you with a safe place to stay. Enhanced sanitation and cleaning protocols have been put in place, with the health of employees and guests as the No. 1 priority.  There are also many special offers and deals 
While out and about, it’s important that we all work together to keep one another healthy. Here are some tips we can all consider when discovering The Palm Beaches. 
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