Palm Beach Travel Guide – Best Places to Visit and Eat

There’s something about Palm Beach. Maybe it’s the signature swaying trees or the clear blue water. Maybe it’s the relaxed, somewhat remote, yet bustling environment. Or most importantly, people-watching, as the island has attracted members of the fashion pack from Aerin Lauder to Katie Sturino, but still feels like an intimate, close-knit community – whether you’re living there or just passing through. Regardless of the reasoning, it remains an indelible part of Florida, synonymous with luxury homes and the associated lifestyle. For your next trip south, we’ve rounded up the best places to visit and, of course, where to shop.

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Royal Poinciana Plaza

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Royal Ponciana Plaza

With shops ranging from La Ligne to LoveShackFancy and the recently opened Veronica Beard boutique, plus restaurants and an open-air SoulCycle, you can spend the day walking (or cycling) around the John Volk-designed Royal Poinciana Plaza and be completely satisfied.

The Norton Museum of Art

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Palm Beach is steeped in history and the Norton Museum of Art is an important part of it. Although it’s technically located in West Palm Beach, it’s considered an important cultural institution for locals and snowbirds alike; in fact, steel baron Ralph Hubbard Norton, a former resident, co-founded it in 1941 with his wife Elizabeth to house their vast personal collection. Today, inside, you’ll find more than 7,000 works, including pieces by Stuart Davis and Jackson Pollock.

Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course

palm beach par 3 golf course

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Golf and Palm Beach basically go hand in hand. If you’re a novice to the sport, this scenic par 3 course, overlooking the water, is a good place to practice your swing – or just have a laugh at your deplorable bogeys.

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Le Bilboquet

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For the South of France vibe on Worth Avenue, head to Le Bilboquet. The Upper East Side mainstay known for its bistro fare (and Cajun chicken in particular) has joined the displaced New Yorkers with the opening of its newest outpost. As owner and self-proclaimed bon vivant Philippe Delgrange will attest, Bilbo is always a good time.

Cafe Boulud

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This restaurant headed by Daniel Bohlud, with its luxurious outdoor terrace in The Brazilian Court Hotel, lives up to the hype. Everything on the menu is solid, but the White Cosmo, a blend of vodka, elderflower and white cranberry, topped with an orchid ice cube, is bound to be your IG moment.

Swifty’s

Swifty's

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Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Swifty’s, located poolside at The Colony Hotel, may be one of the more casual dining options on the island, but delicious nonetheless. Take advantage of the live music offerings, especially acoustic guitarists who strum everything from the Beatles to the Backstreet Boys.

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Sant Ambroeus

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Located on the Royal Poinciana Plaza, Sant Ambroeus has a decadent bar and spacious outdoor area ideal for a round of therapy drinks after the shop. (Because you could probably use a cocktail to wash down the fact that you ruined your tax refund in one fell swoop.)

Lola 41

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Ovi Mustea

Although Lola 41 shares an address with the White Elephant hotel, the sushi bar in Nantucket is its own entity, with an extensive wine list, sake, cocktails and craft beers in a courtyard – and a bar decorated with vintage coins from around the world.

HMF

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The Breakers Palm Beach

No trip to Palm Beach is complete without a visit to The Breakers, and the restaurant and lounge area, HMF, is the perfect place to grab a drink and meander through its legendary halls. There’s a reason master sommelier Juan Gomez has been named the Wine Spectator Grand Award winner every year since the award’s inception in 1981.

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The Colony Hotel

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As well as being pretty to look at, this all-pink hotel has charming Art Deco interiors and a great place to lounge poolside. The programming is top notch, too: don’t miss out on celebrity trainer Isaac Boots’ leg and butt-blasting Torch’d workout at the East Garden on Saturday.

The Brazilian Court Hotel

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Brownwyn Knight

Spacious suites? Private pool? Can you borrow custom Linus bikes? Check, check, check. The Brazilian Court Hotel offers a bit of old-world glamor in the center of town, a short distance from the Palm Beach Lake Trail.

White Elephant Palm Beach

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All White Elephant properties are tasteful and elegant, and Palm Beach is certainly no exception. The newest fully renovated hotel to open on the island, it features luxurious rooms decorated with pop art, a heated pool and a shuttle service to the beach.

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Major Glow Body Oil

Major Glow Body Oil

For legs that glow in the sunlight, toss this hydrating body oil made from squalane, vitamin C, and olive oil in your beach bag.

Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara

Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara

If you’re planning on taking a dip in the pool, packing a waterproof mascara is a must. This sweat and water resistant lengthening mascara goes well with a cocktail.

Unrivaled Sun Serum SPF 35

Unrivaled Sun Serum SPF 35

EleVen by Venus Williams

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Just because you crave a tan doesn’t mean you can skimp on the SPF. This sunscreen is super transparent and blendable, with a matte yet hydrating finish.

Aceite de Moscow

Aceite de Moscow

Beach waves are cute, but salt water can wreak havoc on your hair. This oil can be used on dry strands or before showering as a refreshing facial for the scalp after long days in the sun.


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