Guide to The Palm Beaches for

The Beach Lover

Relaxed & Casual
Must-Have Experiences

Hit the beach (duh!). Relax wherever sea meets sand along The Palm Beaches’ 47 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline. Whether you want to befriend local pups at the Juno Beach dog beach, search for shells on Singer Island or sunbathe at Boca Raton’s Red Reef Park, you’re in the right place to enjoy unending beach days. For a little more shade, picnic in a palm-tree forest on the Jupiter Inlet at DuBois Park.

Meet rescued sea turtles at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, a popular local attraction dedicated to sea turtle research, rehabilitation, education and conservation. During peak nesting season in the summertime, you can even join a nighttime hatchling release or turtle walk to scout out turtles who have arrived on the beach to make a nest and lay eggs in the sand. The magical encounter will leave you with a renewed appreciation for the significance of this endangered marine species.

Spend the day on Peanut Island, a tiny paradise in the middle of Palm Beach Inlet accessible only by ferry or private boat. Whether you opt to snorkel, paddleboard, fish, kayak, traverse the island on foot, enjoy the beach or just float, Peanut Island makes a perfect daytime destination for those who love to be in and around the water. 

Head to casual West Palm Beach hotspot Clematis Street to enjoy restaurants, shopping, weekly concerts and more in a bustling waterfront setting. On Saturday mornings from October through April, you’ll find a sprawling green market with various local vendors taking over the eastern end. Nearby open-air Meyer Amphitheater and the West Palm Beach waterfront play host to live music performances, festivals and events throughout the year—most notably SunFest, the largest music and art festival on the water in Florida.

Explore the oldest and largest public garden in Palm Beach County. Mounts Botanical Garden is home to 2,000 species of tropical plants, and depending on what time of year you visit, you may see anything from fruit trees to exotic flowers in bloom. Whether you wander on your own or book a guided tour, this living exhibit gives visitors the chance to soak in the striking natural beauty of South Florida’s lush greenery.

Support ecotourism by the sea. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, a 20-acre environmental complex dedicated to education, research and conservation, features a quarter-mile boardwalk through a preserved (and rare) hardwood hammock, outdoor saltwater aquariums, a butterfly garden, sea turtle tanks and refuge areas for a variety of plant and animal life.

Stay in Style

Stay on the sandy shores of Singer Island at Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront/Palm Beaches.

Go barefoot and bring the whole family to oceanfront Delray Sands Resort in Highland Beach.

Listen to the waves crash outside as you slumber at Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, the only beachfront accommodations in Jupiter. 

Eat in Style

Across from action-packed Carlin Park, you’ll find non-fussy service and fresh, simple dishes at ultra-casual Duke’s Lazy Loggerhead Cafe, a Jupiter Beach staple. 

Arrive by boat to Delray Beach’s Deck 84, where you can BYOF—bring your own fish—and the chef will prepare your fresh catch just the way you like it. 

Dine directly on the beach at Benny’s on the Beach, the only restaurant of its kind in The Palm Beaches.

Shop in Style

Shop ’til you drop at Palm Beach Outlets, where you’ll find over 100 stores. 

Arrive by car or boat to Harbourside Place, the premier destination for dining, shopping and nightlife in Jupiter. 

Head to the Pineapple Grove Arts District in Delray Beach, located just off the main drag of Atlantic Avenue.