7 Reasons UK Travellers Love The Palm Beaches

August 14, 2018

It’s easy to see why more than 1 million travellers from the UK visit Florida each year, and we’re ready to welcome you to our sunny shores.

From our tropical beaches to our diverse shopping and dining scenes, The Palm Beaches make the perfect holiday, any time of year. Read on for the top reasons you should make your next trip from the UK to this South Florida hotspot.

Paddling the Intracoastal

7. It’s Sunny (and Warm) Year-Round

If you’ve had enough of UK duck weather, join the flamingos here in South Florida! “Sun-kissed” only begins to describe The Palm Beaches, where you can soak up enough Vitamin D on your holiday to sustain you through a rainy UK winter—or spring, or summer. In The Palm Beaches, average high temperatures in December are a balmy 24° Celsius, and Florida’s endlessly sunny days lend themselves to a host of year-round outdoor activities, from golf and beach-going to walking tours and al fresco dining. But you may still want to bring your mackintosh; sultry summer days typically bring brief afternoon thunderstorms (don’t worry—they almost always pass quickly to make way for more sun).

6. Nosh You Can’t Get at Home

No disrespect to fish and chips, but it’s hard to rival The Palm Beaches’ supply of freshly caught seafood in terms of variety and creativity. You may be tempted to make every meal a seafood feast; between the buttery stone crabs, juicy grouper sandwiches and swordfish fillets—all hauled out of our local waterways daily—we don’t blame you!

Dish at Apeiro

But seafood is only the start. The Palm Beaches are a melting pot of cultural influences, from Caribbean fare to Mexican and other Latin-American cuisines. Taste Cuban specialties, like fried plantains, yucca and slow-roasted pork, at local favourites like Havana Restaurant. Feast on fish tacos, sprinkled with a tangy confetti of diced onion and fresh cilantro, at Taqueria Guerrero, Shaka Bar & Grill and many other Mexican street-food joints. And save some room for barbecue and other American Southern staples, sushi, local microbreweries, and farm-to-table fine dining throughout the region. 

5. Getting Here is Easy-Peasy

Just think—you could be enjoying our beaches, cultural attractions and world-class resorts today! Getting here is a simple hop across the pond. Palm Beach International Airport offers 200 daily flights on 11 airlines, with convenient connecting service from UK airports. Absolutely, positively need that nonstop flight? Take British Airways, Norwegian Air and other carriers offering direct flights into Fort Lauderdale International Airport, located less than an hour from West Palm Beach. Catch up on Netflix, get some shut-eye and wake up in paradise!

4. You Can Shop ‘Til You Drop

You might want to leave some room in your suitcase—or better yet, bring an empty one. The Palm Beaches are a shopper’s paradise. From mega-malls to indie boutiques stocked with one-of-a-kind finds, you’ll come home with plenty to remember your trip by. 

Palm Beach Outlets

Head to the Palm Beach Outlets to score unbelievable deals on top brands and designer labels like DKNY, Polo Ralph Lauren and Adidas. Town Center at Boca Raton and The Gardens Mall both offer a range of shops for the whole family. Throughout West Palm Beach, you’ll find trendy boutiques and vintage stores in areas like Clematis Street, Antique Row and Elizabeth Avenue Station. And no trip to The Palm Beaches is complete without a stroll down luxurious Worth Avenue, where Chanel, Louis Vuitton and other well-to-do brands meet local favourites like Lilly Pulitzer—plus breezy sidewalk cafes such as Taboo, a favourite haunt of JFK.

3. The Wild, Majestic Everglades

There’s truly no other place like the Florida Everglades on the planet (and we’ve looked). This wetland wonderland is probably pretty close to how you imagine it: alligators sunning on river banks, behemoth mangrove trees rising from ink-black swamp water, and wild expanses where waterfowl outnumber humans 3 to 1. Yep, it’s really like that.

Everglades airboat ride

Floridians have worked tirelessly to preserve the Everglades, making it possible for you to get closer to nature at places like Arthur R. Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and Grassy Waters Preserve. Whether you’re after an exhilarating airboat ride or a serene birding walk, you can enjoy all that the Everglades have to offer right here in The Palm Beaches. 

2. There’s Always Something on Our Events Calendar

The Palm Beaches like a good party, and our calendar shows it. From intimate outdoor concerts and Broadway cabarets to PGA golf tourneys and sweet corn festivals, we’ve truly got an event for everyone.

Spring Training baseball

Fans of “the Sport of Kings” should plan a visit during Palm Beach International Polo Season, which runs from January through April. During this same time period, you can experience America’s Pastime at Spring Training, where four Major League Baseball teams compete in preseason “Grapefruit League” game play.

Art lovers will adore cultural events like ArtiGras and the Delray Affair. Come hungry for our great wine, dine and brew events, which celebrate everything from garlic to bacon and bourbon. And that’s just a taste.

1. Beaches, Beaches and More Beaches

The UK may be surrounded by beaches, but none quite like these. If you’ve ever fancied spending your entire holiday in a swimsuit, with the sun on your face and your toes in the sand, The Palm Beaches are the place for you. 

Snorkeling selfie

On our 47 miles of coastline, each beach seems to possess its own personality. Surfer beaches. Private resort beaches with cushy cabanas. Beaches with crystal-clear water for snorkeling and stand-up paddleboarding. Hidden, natural beaches that will make you feel like a castaway in Robinson Crusoe. Calm, shallow lagoons perfect for kids and families. And only-in-The-Palm-Beaches places like Juno Beach, where you can see endangered sea turtles and nesting spots on a guided eco-tour. 

There are probably more beaches than you can explore in a single trip (though that sounds like a challenge worth accepting). But then again, it’s never too early to start planning your next Palm Beaches holiday.

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