South Palm Beach, Florida, is an island community where you can wear your cutest bathing suit most days of the year.
Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the scenic Intracoastal Waterway, South Palm Beach is a tropical haven for roughly 1,500 residents. Located on the same barrier island as Manalapan, this tiny residential town is 5/8ths of a mile long and consists of only one street, South Ocean Boulevard.
When on an island, do as islanders do: It’s time to go to the beach; and South Palm Beach’s sandy shore is the paragon of relaxation. Sunbath on an oversized towel, reading your new favorite paperback novel, as rhythmic waves lap and clouds lazily move overhead. You just might fall asleep listing to the ocean’s quiet roar — so don’t forget the sunscreen (SPF 50, of course). If you’re lucky, you just might spot a sea turtle. Keep your distance, please, as they’re protected.
Head north up the barrier island for 18 holes at Palm Beach Par-3 Golf Course, an elite oceanfront course with its own indoor/outdoor restaurant, Al Fresco. Or go south to Manalapan for seafood bisque and a savory breakfast menu at John G’s Restaurant.
Farther south is Boynton Beach’s Ocean Inlet Park, which features a guarded beach, marina and scenic ocean overlook. Boynton Harbor Marina offers fishing and scuba-diving charters, watercraft rentals and superb waterfront-dining options, including classics like Banana Boat and Two Georges Waterfront Grille.
Ask about the Lofthus Underwater Archaeological Preserve, a protected shipwreck area off Manalapan’s shore.
Native Americans, including the Jaega people, were the first inhabitants of Palm Beach County’s barrier island. The Jaegas arrived around 3,000 years ago, as evidenced by archeological findings and burial mounds.
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