AN IN­SIDER’S GUIDE TO PALM BEACH COUNTY

Ex­plore the glam­orous so­cial epi­cen­tre of Florida’s Riviera.

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Also known as The Palm Beaches, this glo­ri­ous va­ca­tion won­der­land stretches 75.6 kilo­me­tres along the shim­mer­ing At­lantic Ocean coast and em­braces nearly 40 cities and towns from High­land Beach in the south to Jupiter and Te­questa to the north.

Palm Beach County is a sport­ing mecca, a shop­ping Shangri-la and a culi­nary Gar­den of Eden. Not to men­tion the glam­orous so­cial epi­cen­tre of Florida’s Riviera, which draws the rich, the fa­mous and the pow­er­ful. The area also em­braces a stag­ger­ing cul­tural scene with more than 200 venues, rang­ing from the world-class Kravis Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts to grass­roots dis­plays such as Art in Pub­lic Places in Boyn­ton Beach and CAN­VAS, a series of mu­rals in var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties in­clud­ing West Palm Beach and Lake Worth.

But, how can we find the trea­sures and en­joy a spec­trum of price points? Here are some in­sid­ers’ tips to the vast and var­ied play­ground of Palm Beach County.

WHERE TO SHOP

When in the Town of Palm Beach, look no fur­ther than the charm­ing, debonair Rick Rose, au­thor of Palm Beach: The Es­sen­tial Guide to Amer­ica’s Leg­endary Re­sort Town. He is a his­to­rian of posh Worth Av­enue and the of­fi­cial tour guide of the famed street.

Ev­ery­one who is any­one has shopped on Worth Av­enue, in­clud­ing First Ladies Jackie Kennedy and Me­la­nia Trump and show biz stars Billy Joel, Jimmy Buf­fett and El­ton John. Worth Av­enue bou­tiques sell de­signer clothes and fine jew­els, but there are also trea­sures like the luxe new shop, Rap­tis Rare Books.

Nearby, the Royal Poin­ciana Plaza has been thor­oughly re­fur­bished to show­case its ex­clu­sive bou­tiques such as Her­mès and Saint Lau­rent. The Vir­ginia Philip Wine Spir­its & Academy holds so­cia­ble tast­ings and has a great se­lec­tion start­ing at US$40–$50.

West Palm Beach is rapidly emerg­ing as a stylish life­style en­clave. The new-in-2017 Ware­house Dis­trict is a clus­ter of var­ied, vi­brant en­ter­prises such as Kof­ski An­tiques, Grand­view Pub­lic Mar­ket and Eliz­a­beth Av­enue Sta­tion, a de­light­ful col­lec­tion of ar­ti­sans and re­tail­ers. Steam Horse Brew­ing Co. is open­ing soon.

WHERE TO DINE

The après-sun hot spot is the daz­zling 1000 North in Jupiter, a steak-seafood restau­rant and pri­vate club driven by an all-star team that in­cludes NBA leg­end Michael Jor­dan and PGA star Ernie Els.

1000 North is a grand man­sion—and I do mean grand—overlooking the In­tra­coastal Wa­ter­way and the Jupiter Light­house with sun­set views and in­door and ter­race din­ing. Pa­trons en­joy valet park­ing and su­perb ser­vice, plus a menu of up­scale mod­ern Amer­i­cana cui­sine such as lus­cious USDA prime steaks, she-crab soup, lob­ster risotto, rack of lamb or Di­jon­crusted prime rib.

On the Is­land of Palm Beach, the Buc­can Group op­er­ates a trio of ex­cit­ing con­tem­po­rary restau­rants: Buc­can, a mod­ern Mediter­ranean-amer­i­can grill; Imoto (lit­tle sis­ter), an in­ti­mate, Ja­panese jewel; and Grato, a buzzy Ital­ian trat­to­ria. These are smash hits on the culi­nary scene and each one has a happy hour with well-priced cock­tails and ap­pe­tiz­ers.

For tan­ta­liz­ing bites, the West Palm Beach Food Tour alights at 13 restau­rants for del­i­ca­cies such as ahi tuna tostada at The Blind Monk or duck con­fit ravi­oli at Hul­la­baloo.

WHAT TO DO

Palm Beach County is home to 160 golf cour­ses, in­clud­ing PGA Na­tional in Palm Beach Gar­dens where fair­ways and greens were de­signed by Jack Nick­laus and Arnold Palmer. Tick­ets to Fe­bru­ary’s celebri­tys­tud­ded Honda Clas­sic start at US$20, and chil­dren are ad­mit­ted free for fire­works, con­certs and world-class golf.

Spa & Well­ness Month in Oc­to­ber is a well­ness fest of dis­counted ser­vices in sup­port of Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month. Among the 20 or more par­tic­i­pants are The Spa at The Break­ers, The Spa at PGA Na­tional Re­sort and Si Spa at Palm Beach Mar­riott Singer Is­land.

The Palm Beach In­ter­na­tional Polo sea­son, Jan­uary through April, fea­tures the spec­ta­cle of fear­less rid­ers astride gal­lop­ing horses. The US$10 ad­mis­sion of­fers a world of celebrity-spot­ting, food, bars, shop­ping, a kids’ zone and the trea­sured half-time cer­e­mony of divot stomp­ing.

WHERE TO STAY

Pretty and pink, the aris­to­cratic Colony Ho­tel re­cently marked 70 years of su­pe­rior hospi­tal­ity with ren­o­va­tions, new fea­tures such as bi­cy­cles and a lively, fresh look that dances with trop­i­cal colours. This beauty is steps from Worth Av­enue and a block from the At­lantic Ocean. The Colony is a land­mark, renowned for the Royal Room Cabaret and Polo Steaks & Seafood. Fri­day nights are fab­u­lous Mo­town par­ties, with no cover charge.

Reach out, I’ll be there.

TOP LEFT: A sculp­ture by Isamu Noguchi at The So­ci­ety of the Four Arts in West Palm Beach. The So­ci­ety of the Four Arts BOT­TOM LEFT: In 2017, the land­mark Colony Ho­tel marked 70 years of su­pe­rior Palm Beach hospi­tal­ity with new fea­tures and ma­jor ren­o­va­tions. The Colony Ho­tel Palm Beach BE­LOW: A sig­na­ture bowl at The Poke Lab in the new Grand­view Pub­lic Mar­ket in West Palm Beach. The Poke Lab

TOP RIGHT: The in­ter­na­tional Polo Club in Welling­ton of­fers so­cial glam­our and eques­trian thrills. Palm Beach In­ter­na­tional Polo BOT­TOM: Au­thor-his­to­rian Rick Rose is the of­fi­cial tour guide along posh Worth Av­enue. Missy Janes

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