Extravagant Experiences for Everyone

January 22, 2019

This list of things to do in The Palm Beaches will have you feeling like a million bucks.

When most people think of The Palm Beaches, they think of luxury and extravagance. Yes, that does exist here… but did you know you can experience it regardless of your travel budget? Whether you hop on a tour to see how the rich and famous live or actually live like a Palm Beacher for a few days, this list of things to do will have you feeling like a million bucks.
 

Eat & Drink at The Breakers

Named after the man who founded The Breakers, Henry Morrison Flagler himself, the resort’s HMF is more of a chic social club than a restaurant. See and be seen at HMF, which has a wine list of more than 2,000 selections, a menu curated by the some of the best chefs in the world, and live entertainment featuring hits both old and new.
 
Best of all, it’s just one of nine places to stop into this renowned resort for some food and drinks. Another is the Seafood Bar, which—in addition to being a great place for lobster tail and calamari—boasts one of the best views of the Atlantic.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Window Shop (or Really Shop) on Worth Avenue

California has Rodeo Drive—we have Worth Avenue. Whether you’re window shopping or really shopping, strolling Worth Avenue, starting from the clock tower inches away from the Atlantic Ocean and ending near the Intracoastal Waterway, is an experience you can’t miss.
 

Worth Avenue Clock Tower at Dawn

While you’re there, keep your eyes peeled for celebrities who call Palm Beach home. (Rod Stewart is one local favorite, and he’s known to make new friends at the Worth Avenue Starbucks.)
 
For another one-of-a-kind shopping experience, head south to Mizner Park in Boca Raton for eating, drinking, shopping, and even movie-watching. Or in Palm Beach Gardens in the northern Palm Beaches, The Gardens Mall features more than 150 stores, including high-end, fashion-forward boutiques.
 

Tour Palm Beach

History buff or not, the stories you will hear on the various Palm Beach tours available will entertain you—and they may shock you. There’s so much history on “the island,” as locals call it, as well as history being made.
 
Drive, ride a bike or walk around the island as you find out who lives on their own island within the island, where the locals shop when they come into town, and who owns the largest mansions on Billionaires Row.
 

Be Pampered with a Spa Day

Nothing feels more luxurious or relaxing than a day at the spa, and here in The Palm Beaches the spa days are endless. If you’re lucky enough to visit in October, take advantage of Spa & Wellness Month and the discounts provided at dozens of local spas, salons, fitness studios and healthy eateries.
 
One luxurious location is The Spa at Jupiter Beach Resort. Pampering is all yours in the form of massage, skin care and body treatments like the Soothing Sun Wrap, perfect for when you’ve gotten too much sun. In the salon, enjoy everything from a pedicure to a blowout.
 
In Delray Beach, Bella Reina Spa takes skincare to the next level with medical-grade facials and is one of the only salons in South Florida to offer vegan and non-toxic nail polish.
 

Hit the Links

You can’t come to Florida and not golf! Book a tee time at Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course, one of the most popular golf courses in The Palm Beaches, and for good reason: It’s set along the Atlantic Ocean and offers breathtaking views. If your golf game needs some help, Par 3 offers instructional lessons to keep your strokes down when you head out on the green.
 
The Palm Beaches have dozens more courses to choose from—we are known as Florida’s Golf Capital, after all.
 

Golfer at dusk

Dine at a Celebrity-Owned Restaurant

Speaking of golf, how about dining where the great golfers do?
 
Tiger Woods has created The Woods, a sports bar in Jupiter that attracts many celebrities.  In 2018, Sports Illustrated named other famous golfers who frequent The Woods, like Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler and Rory McIllroy.
 
1000 North, also in Jupiter, is owned by golf great Ernie Els and basketball legend Michael Jordan. Lindsay Autry, a finalist on Bravo’s competitive reality show “Top Chef,” runs the kitchen at The Regional in downtown West Palm Beach. And then there’s Cholo Soy Cocina, serving up Latin street food by Chef Clay Carnes, a Food Network “Cutthroat Kitchen” winner.
 

Hit the Beach!

We can’t wrap up this list without talking about the water. Whether you head out on a boat or lay on the beach, from Boca Raton to Jupiter, the beaches and the water are breathtaking and put a big bow on any extravagant experience you enjoy in The Palm Beaches.

Aerial of cabana chairs on the beach
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Christina Nicholson
Christina Nicholson
Christina Nicholson is a former TV reporter and anchor who has worked in markets from New York City to Miami. Today she tells stories about travel, food and family on her local lifestyle and family blog, Christina All Day. Christina lives in South Florida with her husband and two young children.