If you're looking to take a luxurious holiday in Florida this year, look no further than Palm Beach. Its upscale environment means you'll have plenty of ways to pamper yourself, whether you visit the Palm Beach casinos or just spend your time soaking up the sun along the beach. Palm Beach was originally built as a resort community, and even today it's a popular place for wealthy snowbirds to get away. But don't think that means it's not a family-friendly destination too! Whether you want to take a comfortable escape for the whole family or enjoy a weekend living the high life in the comfort of a Palm Beach downtown rental condo, Palm Beach vacations are the way to go. Share your tips for our free Palm Beach travel guide here.
Take a Palm Beach vacation and you'll soon see why people come here year after year! Numerous beaches give you options for surfing, sunning, swimming and everything else you expect from a beach vacation. But that's just the start of what you'll find on a Palm Beach vacation.
If you want to explore outside, you'll have your share of adventure, thanks to the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee, two of Florida's most remarkable natural attractions just down the road from Palm Beach. Introduce your kids to the wonders of nature and explore things you'll never see at home!
Branch out from the beach and hit up John Prince Park, where you'll find 725 acres of kid-friendly fun including a splash park, fishing, hike and bike paths, and even places for a picnic lunch (stay in a Palm Beach rental home and you'll be able to pack the picnic yourself in your full kitchen).
For grownups, visit the Palm Beach Princess Casino. Float away during the casino's five-hour "sail away" parties and you'll have your pick of gambling, bars and Vegas-style shows. If you get hungry, there's a huge all-you-can-eat buffet like you'd expect from the very best Palm Beach casinos and other casinos around the country.
And all ages will love touring the museums to be found on a Palm Beach vacation. Car enthusiasts will love the Museum at Ragtops, with three buildings' worth of displays. If trains are more your thing, choo-choo lovers should check out the Boca Express Train Museum, although it only runs on the first and third Fridays of each month. Learn a little more about Florida thanks to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, with tours inside the lighthouse itself (just wear safe shoes – that means no heels or flip-flops!). And hands-on science just can't go wrong at the South Florida Science Museum, with an aquarium, a planetarium, a laser show and even miniature galaxy golf!
Don't miss the Flagler Museum, a giant historical mansion done up in the Beaux-Arts style and built in 1902. This house, also known as Whitehall, is an important piece of Palm Beach history. Take a guided tour and you can see all 55 restored rooms complete with authentic furniture and decorations. And while your own accommodations may not be a giant manor, we think you'll find Palm Beach vacation homes more than luxurious enough for any vacation!
Visit Palm Beach downtown on your Palm Beach vacation and you'll have your pick of shops and restaurants. Two distinct shopping and entertainment districts, the Clematis District and City Place, will keep even the most particular shopaholics entertained for days. If you can't get enough of antiquing, check out the West Palm Beach Antiques Row, where over 40 shops offer incredible finds from the 17th to the 20th century – no bargain-bin thrift junk here, just the real deal. Stay in a Palm Beach downtown rental and you'll have all the space you need to store the wonderful things you find.
Dining in Palm Beach reflects the city's resort heritage. Here you'll find remarkable one-of-a-kind upscale restaurants for a meal you won't forget, but there are equally delicious yet affordable options too if your tastes run a little more ordinary (or budget-friendly!). If you really want to stick to a budget, rent a villa in Palm Beach and dine in thanks to your full kitchen instead of eating out every meal.
- Café Boulud – Dress in business casual if you want to dine here, but if you're willing to dress up, you'll be treated to food prepared by an executive chef, Zach Bell, who has been nominated as "Best Chef in the South" twice! The ambiance (garden courtyards and a Mediterranean theme) and the service just can't be beaten, and the food is even better than you expect.
- L'Escalier at the Breakers – Come to L'Escalier and you have two restaurant choices based on how formal (and how expensive) you're willing to go. L'Escalier itself is an upscale, sophisticated restaurant with set multi-course menus and 1,600 wines, and they strongly encourage formal dress. Relax a little more and spend less at the Brasserie L'Escalier, a bistro with more casual French classics like French onion soup, steak and pommes frites, and crème brulee.
- Nature's Way Café – A Floridian tradition for good reason, Nature's Way offers healthy fare at low prices, for meals that are just as good for your wallet as they are for you. Kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy munching on sandwiches, wraps and salads with fresh-made smoothies for breakfast and lunch.
Palm Beach vacations are best taken either during the winter months or in early summer. Palm Beach weather generally never goes below the upper fifties, even in winter, so it's a great place to escape from winter cold. June through November is hurricane season, so try to avoid timing your vacation during the late summer and fall months. You will have to deal with crowds, especially over the winter, but Palm Beach is more than ready to accommodate so many people. With a huge selection of Palm Beach rentals to choose from, you won't have a hard time finding the perfect one for you!
Rely on the "Palm Tram" bus system to get around Palm Beach and the surrounding area and you won't even miss renting a car, unless your Palm Beach vacation falls on one of the holidays when the system isn't running. Rent a Palm Beach vacation condo at the heart of town (or right by the beach) and you can walk anywhere you can't bus!
If you take a Palm Beach vacation, you'll need to pack everything you ordinarily bring to the beach: sunscreen, sunglasses and hats for the whole family! If you come during the summer, bring your bathing suit. If you come during the winter, bring warm-weather clothes but don't forget a jacket or sweater for the occasional cool night. If you intend to go shopping downtown, you might want to consider packing an extra suitcase for souvenirs! Stay in Palm Beach rental condos and you'll probably have games and movies to keep your family entertained on rainy days, so contact your home's owner ahead of time and see what will be provided for you.
Since so many snowbirds and travelers take Palm Beach vacations, the area caters to visitors – meaning you'll be able to find everything you need here! From beach gear rentals to child care services to a fabulous public transportation system, Palm Beach will cater to your every need. You can even find grocery delivery services that can stock the pantry of your Palm Beach vacation rental before you arrive.
Fly into Palm Beach International Airport and you'll be conveniently located just five minutes from Palm Beach downtown without having to deal with the crowds. If you can't catch a direct flight to Palm Beach, or if you're visiting the rest of Florida on your Palm Beach vacation, you can fly into Miami or Ft. Lauderdale.
Palm Beach vacations are best if you can relax and enjoy the luxury of the area, but budget-savvy travelers know better than to pay for high-cost resorts. Stay in Palm Beach vacation rentals instead and you can live the resort lifestyle in ritzy but affordable accommodations. Palm Beach rental condos are just as plush as resort rooms, plus they have all the space you need, from multiple bedrooms to separate living and dining areas. All well-appointed Palm Beach vacation homes include full kitchens, too, so you can save money by cooking your own meals, too. No matter how you look at it, Palm Beach vacation rentals are the best deal for an affordable but comfortable Palm Beach vacation.