Weekender Series – West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach is full of beautiful beaches and beautiful people.  From Michelin star restaurants, to the golf courses, shopping, museums, and zoos, bring your friends, family, or special someone.  I grew up coming to West Palm Beach and have been lucky enough to experience it as a child and an adult.  Let me tell you, it never disappoints.  Most recently I visited with a few girlfriends from childhood and we had a BLAST!

Where to Stay –

I have two favorite places to stay in West Palm Beach – The Breakers and Eau Palm Beach. Growing up as a child we would go to South Florida every summer and stay at The Breakers. When I was younger I truly thought I was staying in a castle every time I went there. The size is palatial, the service impeccable, and the beds are like floating in the clouds.   On the beach there was a playground that I used to visit with my cousins, having the time of our lives.   I remember we would have competitions where we would swing as high as the top of the swing set and jump off into the sand, seeing who could go the farthest.  I recently popped in to The Breakers for a drink when I was visiting with friends and it’s as beautiful as I remember.  The only difference is this time I foot my own bill – ouch!

If you can’t afford the price tag – we’re talking $$$$ on Yelp, I would head down A1A to Eau Palm Beach, which is probably still $$$ on Yelp, but trust me and do it. The former Ritz Carlton now has a more relaxed vibe, aside from the extravagant lobby and main lounge that is, thanks to collaboration with Jonathan Adler. The rooms are brightly decorated in bright blues and yellows. I highly recommend the Lanai Terrace room, they have semi-private cabanas, great for a morning cup of coffee, or a relaxing glass of bubbly. The service is incredible. The staff is friendly and welcoming, the drinks are delicious, and the food is great – sushi social and champagne happy hour, hello?!?

Where to Imbibe & Dine–

For breakfast we went to John G’s & Dune Deck Café. John G’s is across the street from Eau Palm Beach and came recommended to me by various people. You may face a wait, but it’s worth it. They serve up good, hearty breakfast food, and after all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s cash only but inexpensive, helping you save your play money for the evening hours. Dune Deck Café looks out on the water. It is also cash only and inexpensive. The avocado toast was delicious and they offer a variety of daily specials.

If you take me up on the recommendation of Eau Palm Beach, hang out by the pool and enjoy all the restaurant has to offer. It has calming views of the ocean, and I recommend the ceviche and taco trio (Mahi Mahi, Jerk Chicken, & Shrimp), washed down with a spicy margarita from the margarita cart.

You can also head over to Echo sushi at The Breakers.  Tuesday – Friday they have half priced cocktails and sushi during happy hour!  I would go with the Echo, Palm Beach, or Spicy Dragon rolls. Then check out HMF at the resort for a fancy cocktail. Chanel #6, vodka, chambord, pineapple juice, and champagne is my favorite.  Let’s be honest, I’m going to drink almost anything that has champagne in it, I’m just that kind of girl.

If you are looking for a long night, make your way to Clematis Street. Kabuki Sushi has the best happy hour. I think we spent 2 hours there and had 4 bowls of Rock Shrimp Tempura, currently dreaming about it! I knocked back a few Apple Saketinis and enjoyed sake bombs, because at sushi happy hour ya just gotta. From Kabuki there are a number of places to go out on Clematis. If you want a sports bar, head to Duffy’s.  Its a chain in South Florida, which I actually worked at for a very, very brief period but they have a million TVs and drinks are always BOGO.  For a little boogie, Roxy’s is your answer.  The street level is more of an Irish pub while upstairs rooftop has multiple bars and great city views.

Old Key Lime House is a must! It’s located over the Intracoastal from Eau Palm and has multiple bars, including one that floats! There was an array of people, those who docked their boats as they passed by, people dressed in their Sunday best, and those in t-shirts and flip-flops. What I’m trying to say is everyone fits in at Old Key Lime House. Pop in, have a few frozen margaritas, the grilled avocado app is unreal, and of course key lime pie.

What to Do –

Beaches and pools are an obvious choice when in South Florida. You can head on to Lake Worth Pier, which has a restaurant on the pier, and big crowds around the beaches. For a little shopping hit up Worth Avenue, South Florida’s Rodeo Drive. For a more cultured visit, check out the Flagler Museum, Florida’s first museum and a beautiful Gilded Age home.  There’s something just so incredible about walking through these old homes and imagining all of the life that used to boom through them with the parties and fabulous people floating through. Or of course, you could pack the clubs, and hit the links.  The Breakers has a beautiful course, perfect if you are staying there.  If you are visiting early spring, see if you can catch the Honda Classic at PGA National to see some of the greats play.

West Palm Beach is really great year round. Personally, I like basking in the heat of summer but now as a Northerner I do enjoy escaping the cold in January and February.  I’m already planning my return trip!

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