3 Days In…The Palm Beaches

This destination is more than billionaires and grand resorts

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The Palm Beaches conjures up images of West Palm Beach billionaires and grand resorts -- and they're all there -- but the reality is that Palm Beach County's many affordable neighborhoods and cities offer everything from great museums, to a hopping nightlife, to a lively restaurant scene.


DAY 1: RELAXING

10:00 AM                       
Pack up your towel, sunscreen, bathing suit, and beach blanket and relax on the Atlantic shoreline of Singer Island.

2:00 PM                       
Stop at Phil Foster Park, home of the Underwater Snorkeling Trail, a two-acre collection of limestone boulders and pre-fabricated reef modules with many squid, octopus, and more.

8:00 PM                       
Splurge on dinner at one of Palm Beach's many fine restaurants, ranging from Café Boulud French bistro cuisine to trendy Buccan small plates.


DAY 2: ACTIVE

8:00 AM                          
Start the day with a round at the oldest 18-hole golf course in Florida, the Ocean Course at The Breakers Palm Beach. Laid out in 1896 and redesigned by Brian Silva in 2000, the par 70 course winds around six lakes and hundreds of palm trees.

2:00 PM
Head over to Jupiter to take a Yoga on the Water class at Blueline Surf & Paddle Co., followed by an excursion along the Intracoastal Waterway.

8:00 PM
Put on your dancing shoes and go check out the many clubs on Clematis Street, the dining and nightlife heart of West Palm Beach.


DAY 3: INDULGENT

10:00 AM                  
Start your day by strolling around the aptly named Worth Avenue, where you'll find hundreds of boutiques and galleries, jewelry stores and spas, and of course a yacht dealership, all catering to Palm Beach's wealthy. Stop at Starbucks for celebrity viewing and 10-digit-bank-account-owner spotting.

2:00 PM                
Indulge in a bit of reality at Palm Beach Outlets, where the choices range from Ann Taylor and Calvin Klein to Swarovski and Tommy Hilfiger. And, of course, Starbucks, albeit with fewer stars and billionaires.

9:00 PM  
                                    
After dinner, stop by one of The Palm Beaches' newest snowbirds, Junior's, for a slice of its world-famous Brooklyn cheesecake. There are many flavors to choose from, but do yourself a favor and go with the Original NY Plain.


This article appears in the March 2017 issue of Successful Meetings.