Sometimes you just want to get away. Nothing major and nothing to blow the bank but just an opportunity to be somewhere else, get away from the hustle & bustle, run your toes through some sand, and be a little worry free if just only for a short while. Sometimes it’s just about unplugging for a few days so that you can recharge and reconnect. And I got all of that by hopping in my car, headed north for a short hour drive for a Palm Beach Summer, and the start to a mini retreat.
Miami has everything you need, people to see, places to go, and things to do. That also comes with a lot of traffic, busyness, and nonstop grind. It’s so easy to get insulated and only do Miami that we overlook cultural gems, beautiful beaches, and culinary havens just north of us. If you’ve been driving around Miami and have noticed the billboards it’s clear that Discover the Palm Beaches wants to get the word out that they have an active social scene, an eclectic nightlife, and lots of things to do. Between the tranquility of Boca Raton, the eclectic flair of Delray Beach, and the beautiful white sandy beaches of Singer Island, Palm Beach gets high marks for a staycation getaway.
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Where to Stay
Waterstone Resort & Marina
As the largest county in the state, there’s quite a few hotel options in Palm Beach. Boca Raton is the most southern city in Palm Beach and just a 45-minute ride from Downtown Miami. So for a satiation consisting of just a peaceful retreat with some quite time, Boca is the way to go and the Waterstone Resort & Marina is where to stay. It’s a DoubleTree by Hilton resort overlooking the peaceful Lake Boca at the Atlantic Ocean Inlet with a view of the beach just one block away. The hotel is quaint with a boutique look and feel and with a Chocolate Chip Martini that will make you forget your diet. The location on Lake Boca also makes it very convenient for water activities like paddle boarding and kayaking.
Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa
Just about 20 minutes north of Boca is the beautiful Singer Island with its white sandy beaches and a little hint of exclusivity as if you’re on a private island. Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa is where to stay with its own private beach access just steps away and on-site watersport activities. All of the rooms are suites with private terraces, and you’ll feel like you’re home away from home. There’s activities for the kids so that parents can have some alone time, two outdoor swimming pools, and a full suite of spa services including the Hydra facial. There’s three restaurants on site, and I had the best Maine Lobster & Artichoke Risotto ever during a five-course meal at the Chef’s Tasting Table.
What to Do
Surprisingly, Palm Beach has a lot to offer that beats the stereotype of being a retiree’s retreat. Similar to Miami, there’s a number of cultural amenities as well as a growing arts scene in Delray Beach that is following in the footsteps of Miami’s Wynwood arts scene. The beaches are also less congested than we’re accustomed to in Miami, which makes watersport activities even more enjoyable. For cultural enthusiasts, Mizner Park offers a number of concerts and there’s a number of museums for a historical perspective on Palm Beach’s early days, including the Palm Beach County History Museum, the Flagler Museum, and the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. Palm Beach is also known for being home to the affluent, and a sunset catamaran cruise takes you along downtown West Palm Beach’s millionaires row. You can never go wrong with animals and Lion Country Safari and the Palm Beach Zoo gives you a fair share. As a bonus, a unique experience and something different to do was to spend an afternoon of croquet lessons at the four-acre National Croquet Center.
Where to Eat
Between Mizner Park in Boca Raton and City Place in Palm Beach and even as far north as Jupiter (yes, that’s still in Palm Beach), Palm Beach has a high concentration of restaurants and eateries. Max’s Grille in Mizner Park has a buzzing scene and a really good menu, and City Place has an energetic bar and lounge scene comparable to Brickell’s Mary Brickell Village, shops, and a diversity of dining options. Clematis Street in West Palm Beach is also very popular with a thriving nightlife scene, and Pistache is a Parisian eatery with a cool summer concept with a thematic menu featuring a different exotic destination each month.