Off script

Canadian Geographic - - CONTENTS - By Aaron Kylie

IIT WAS A SUR­REAL SIGHT. A cou­ple of gi­ant snorkellers amid a school of fish float­ing in the sky. The tableau was ac­tu­ally a group of large kites, hov­er­ing in the wind over Del­ray Beach in Florida’s Palm Beaches re­gion. Cana­dian Geo­graphic Travel’s cre­ative di­rec­tor Javier Fru­tos snapped the photo of the scene ( above) as he and I toured the area this past April (see “From polo to pad­dle­board­ing” on page 11 for more high­lights from our trip). We wouldn’t have seen the dream­like dis­play, as well as a few other no­table spots, had we not de­cided to take ad­van­tage of a morn­ing off in our itin­er­ary to go ex­plor­ing on our own. Rather than lounge pool­side at the beau­ti­ful PGA Na­tional Re­sort and Spa, Fru­tos and I de­cided to leave early for our lateafter­noon Flamingo Quest Tour and head in its gen­eral start­ing di­rec­tion. We pulled up Google Maps and drove south on South Ocean Boule­vard, which runs along the At­lantic Coast, from West Palm Beach to Boca Ra­ton, fig­ur­ing it was sure, if noth­ing else, to of­fer im­pres­sive coastal vis­tas. The drive didn’t dis­ap­point. We stopped briefly at leg­endary ho­tel The Break­ers, the op­u­lent re­sort mod­elled af­ter the Villa Medici in Rome. Built by Amer­i­can in­dus­tri­al­ist Henry M. Fla­gler in 1896, the prop­erty is con­sid­ered to have es­tab­lished the area as a lux­u­ri­ous get­away des­ti­na­tion. South of the re­sort, we passed dozens of sea­side man­sions, each seem­ingly more im­pres­sive than the last, in­clud­ing U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s Mar-a-lago es­tate. And we un­of­fi­cially con­cluded our sur­prise side trip with a fan­tas­tic lunch at the rec­om­mended-by-a-lo­cal Water­stone Bar & Grill (fish tacos!), which over­looks the con­flu­ence of Boca Ra­ton In­let and Lake Boca Ra­ton. We’d have missed it all if we hadn’t gone off script. I’m cer­tain you’ll en­joy the sto­ries we’ve gath­ered in this is­sue on for­eign des­ti­na­tions, many of which are Cana­dian favourites. And if you visit any of them, or on any of your fu­ture trav­els, don’t for­get to set aside some time to just fol­low your in­stincts. You never know what you might dis­cover.

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