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If you fancy spending some time seeing how the other half live, a Palm Beach holiday could be just the ticket. One of America’s most glamorous and storied resort towns, it sits on a barrier island at the top of Florida’s Gold Coast, separated from nearby cities by the Intracoastal Waterway.

The third-wealthiest city in the country, Palm Beach is currently home to over 40 billionaires – and yet more multi-millionaires. Largely shaped by Standard Oil tycoon Henry Flagler in the late 1800s, the exclusive community has long been a playground for America’s jet set. Although fairly quiet for much of the year, with fewer than 9,000 permanent residents, during the winter months the population swells as northern snowbirds flock south to enjoy the tropical climate.

As the name suggests, this is indeed a beach town and so much of your time on a Palm Beach holiday is likely to be spent soaking up the sun, strolling on golden sands and taking a dip in the Atlantic Ocean. But, with an abundance of golf courses in the area, there’s also plenty of scope to practise your swing – and you’ll certainly have no trouble finding somewhere to splash the cash. There are other options, but shopaholics will want to make a beeline for ritzy Worth Avenue. Popular with well-put-together ladies who lunch, this beautiful tree-lined street spans four blocks and is an enclave of designer shops and upmarket restaurants.

Amongst all the glitz and the glamour, though, there’s also history and culture to be enjoyed on a Palm Beach holiday. The palatial Greco-Roman mansions offer an insight into life during the Gilded Age of the late 19th century, and you can immerse yourself in that era fully with a visit to the excellent Flagler Museum. Meanwhile, the nearby communities of West Palm Beach and Boca Raton have their own charms, including a number of first-rate museums.

Things to do in Palm Beach

West Palm Beach

Daytrips

Best time to visit Palm Beach

Things to do in Palm Beach

Top of your list of things to do on a Palm Beach holiday is obviously going to be hitting the beach. The town has three public ones to choose from, plus a bunch of private ones. But when you’re not busy sunning yourself on golden sands, you might want to check out the world-famous shopping destination that is Worth Avenue. Besides packing in an impressive array of designer brands and luxury boutiques, it’s also got its fair share of swanky restaurants and pretty little cafes.

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Those with an interest in history will enjoy strolling around the town, ogling all the Gilded Age architecture. And a visit to the Flagler Museum is an absolute must. Previously called Whitehall, this spectacular Beaux Art mansion was built in 1902 by Henry Flagler as a gift for his bride, Mary Lily Kenan. Alternatively, if golf’s more your thing, you’ll be absolutely spoiled on a Palm Beach holiday. With over 160 courses in the region, you certainly won’t have any trouble finding somewhere to tee off.



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West Palm Beach

Separated from Palm Beach by the Lake Worth Lagoon, West Palm Beach rocks a slightly different vibe to its eastern neighbour. Planned out by Henry Flagler in the 1890s, the city was originally designed to house the labour force that would come to work in his glittering new resort town. It continued to grow during the first half of the 20th century and these days it’s a destination in its own right.

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While it doesn’t actually have any beaches of its own, what West Palm Beach does have is a beautiful waterway, a diverse selection of restaurants, and some great murals and public art installations. There’s top-notch shopping in Rosemary Square and on Antique Row, while the Grandview Public Market plays host to a whole range of delicious food vendors. Culture vultures can check out extensive collections of American, Chinese and European art during their Palm Beach holiday at the excellent Norton Museum of Art. Or you can take in a show – anything from music and comedy to ballet and theatre – at the Kravis Centre for the Performing Arts.



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Daytrips

While there’s plenty to keep you occupied in the resort itself, why not take the opportunity during your Palm Beach holiday to explore a little more of the Sunshine State? Especially since a number of Florida’s headline acts are within easy daytripping distance. First up, there’s Miami. Just an hour-and-a-half drive south, this beautiful Art Deco city is packed full of excellent art galleries, world-class eateries, lively bars, stunning sandy stretches and, of course, heaps of iconic, pastel-coloured buildings.

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Or, for something completely different, spend a day in the Everglades. A mammoth wilderness made up of a various ecosystems, including coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flatwoods, it’s home to hundreds of different types of animal species. If you’re taking the kids on your Palm Beach holiday, head north to Orlando and meet Minnie and Mickey at Walt Disney World Resort®, or discover movie magic at Universal Studios. And if you’re something of a space geek, don’t skip the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral. 

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Best time to visit Palm Beach

This part of Florida has a tropical rainforest climate, meaning summers are hot and humid while winters are warm and mostly dry. So if you book your Palm Beach holiday between December and February, you’ll likely experience highs in the mid-twenties and lows in the mid-teens, plus plenty of sunshine hours and very little rain. So it’s a great choice if you’re looking to get away over winter and escape the cold weather back home. The only downside to travelling at this time of year is that it’s extremely popular, so deals are hard to come by and crowds are common.

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If you’d prefer you go when it’s a little quieter, early spring is another good time for a Palm Beach holiday. You’ll probably want to avoid travelling during summer though. From June to early September, temperatures regularly get over 30°C and rarely drop below mid-twenties. Things tend to be pretty sticky as well and heavy afternoon thunderstorms are common.

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Things to do in Palm Beach

Things to do in Palm Beach

Top of your list of things to do on a Palm Beach holiday is obviously going to be hitting the beach. The town has three public ones to choose from, plus a bunch of private ones. But when you’re not busy sunning yourself on golden sands, you might want to check out the world-famous shopping destination that is Worth Avenue. Besides packing in an impressive array of designer brands and luxury boutiques, it’s also got its fair share of swanky restaurants and pretty little cafes.

Show More
Show Less

Those with an interest in history will enjoy strolling around the town, ogling all the Gilded Age architecture. And a visit to the Flagler Museum is an absolute must. Previously called Whitehall, this spectacular Beaux Art mansion was built in 1902 by Henry Flagler as a gift for his bride, Mary Lily Kenan. Alternatively, if golf’s more your thing, you’ll be absolutely spoiled on a Palm Beach holiday. With over 160 courses in the region, you certainly won’t have any trouble finding somewhere to tee off.



Show More
Show Less

West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach

Separated from Palm Beach by the Lake Worth Lagoon, West Palm Beach rocks a slightly different vibe to its eastern neighbour. Planned out by Henry Flagler in the 1890s, the city was originally designed to house the labour force that would come to work in his glittering new resort town. It continued to grow during the first half of the 20th century and these days it’s a destination in its own right.

Show More
Show Less

While it doesn’t actually have any beaches of its own, what West Palm Beach does have is a beautiful waterway, a diverse selection of restaurants, and some great murals and public art installations. There’s top-notch shopping in Rosemary Square and on Antique Row, while the Grandview Public Market plays host to a whole range of delicious food vendors. Culture vultures can check out extensive collections of American, Chinese and European art during their Palm Beach holiday at the excellent Norton Museum of Art. Or you can take in a show – anything from music and comedy to ballet and theatre – at the Kravis Centre for the Performing Arts.



Show More
Show Less

Daytrips

Daytrips

While there’s plenty to keep you occupied in the resort itself, why not take the opportunity during your Palm Beach holiday to explore a little more of the Sunshine State? Especially since a number of Florida’s headline acts are within easy daytripping distance. First up, there’s Miami. Just an hour-and-a-half drive south, this beautiful Art Deco city is packed full of excellent art galleries, world-class eateries, lively bars, stunning sandy stretches and, of course, heaps of iconic, pastel-coloured buildings.

Show More
Show Less

Or, for something completely different, spend a day in the Everglades. A mammoth wilderness made up of a various ecosystems, including coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flatwoods, it’s home to hundreds of different types of animal species. If you’re taking the kids on your Palm Beach holiday, head north to Orlando and meet Minnie and Mickey at Walt Disney World Resort®, or discover movie magic at Universal Studios. And if you’re something of a space geek, don’t skip the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral. 

Show More
Show Less

Best time to visit Palm Beach

Best time to visit Palm Beach

This part of Florida has a tropical rainforest climate, meaning summers are hot and humid while winters are warm and mostly dry. So if you book your Palm Beach holiday between December and February, you’ll likely experience highs in the mid-twenties and lows in the mid-teens, plus plenty of sunshine hours and very little rain. So it’s a great choice if you’re looking to get away over winter and escape the cold weather back home. The only downside to travelling at this time of year is that it’s extremely popular, so deals are hard to come by and crowds are common.

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Show Less

If you’d prefer you go when it’s a little quieter, early spring is another good time for a Palm Beach holiday. You’ll probably want to avoid travelling during summer though. From June to early September, temperatures regularly get over 30°C and rarely drop below mid-twenties. Things tend to be pretty sticky as well and heavy afternoon thunderstorms are common.

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