Where to Spot Celebrities in The Palm Beaches

July 19, 2018

Want to rub elbows with the rich and famous? Try one of these haunts.

With one of the most expensive zip codes in the country, you can’t go far in Palm Beach County without bumping into a professional athlete, screen or stage superstar, or fauxlebrity (we’re looking at you, Real Housewives). Most of our A-listers prefer to stay private, but if you’re looking to increase your chances of running into someone worthy of a blurry snapshot to post on social media, here’s where to start:

1. 1000 North

With professional athletes as two of the founding partners (professional golfer Ernie Els and former NBA star Michael Jordan), this new Jupiter hot spot is part waterfront restaurant, part al-fresco bar and part private club with invitation-only membership. Each area offers a view of the Intracoastal Waterway and Jupiter Lighthouse, and you might even spy a celeb pulling up in a sports car or sleek boat. While you watch, sip on a local beer or cocktail like the Sao Francisco Queen, made with leblon cachaça, raspberry, framboise, basil and lime.

Bonus: Nearby at Harbourside Place is Tiger Woods’ flagship restaurant, The Woods Jupiter. With a sleek, modern vibe, this is Tiger’s vision of a sports bar—and where to celebrate like a champion after PRing your golf score.

2. Worth Avenue

Shopping on Worth Avenue

Three blocks of high-end shopping (think Gucci, Chanel, Valentino, Louis Vuitton) on Palm Beach afford views of the Atlantic Ocean on one end and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other. Combine that with the possibility of spotting a star, and who wouldn’t want to stroll here? Browse jewelry shows and art exhibits in winter, and any time of year enjoy outdoor dining off one of the charming “vias” off the main avenue.

3. International Polo Club Palm Beach

International Polo Club Palm Beach

January through April, polo fans (and those who want to see and be seen) head to the International Polo Club in Wellington for high fashion, upscale tailgating—and a bit of polo, too. The tournaments here are truly fit for royalty—matches have been known to attract the likes of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex—and the Veuve flows during the Pavilion Champagne Brunch on Sundays. Scan the elegant grandstands for familiar famous faces, but with the nonstop action on the field, we guarantee a good time even if you don’t spot any.

4. DivaDuck Amphibious Tours

Gaze longingly at the mega-mansions and yachts of Palm Beach and imagine how the other half lives during this land-and-sea tour that offers a glimpse of some of the area’s most notable properties. This bus takes you sightseeing through downtown West Palm Beach before transforming into a boat and cruising around the island of Palm Beach. It’s 75 minutes, fully narrated and guarantees a look at the area’s natural beauty and historic sites. (Paparazzi-style views of celebrities aren’t a sure thing, just a bonus.)

5. Various Restaurants & Bars

Clematis Street at night

Who knows—you may get lucky just when you least expect it, while enjoying dinner or drinks at a local restaurant or bar. Those in Palm Beach especially seem to attract reality TV personalities; cast members from “The Real Housewives of New York City” have been spotted at Ta-boo, Imoto and The Colony, for starters.

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