Visitors looking for a sunny and exciting break from snowstorms, icy roads, and freezing temperatures will find their happy place in a T-shirt-and-shorts getaway to The Palm Beaches. With more than 75 kilometers of pristine beaches, an expansive selection of luxurious accommodations and restaurants, as well as cultural, entertainment and family-friendly activities, The Palm Beaches is a picture-perfect destination that invites Canadian snowbirds to migrate southward and embrace their sense of adventure. From basking in the sun on the soft sands of Juno Beach Park to climbing a lighthouse in Jupiter, to enjoying a day of luxury outdoor shopping in Boca Raton, there are plenty of memorable ways to trade winter’s icy grip for sunny warmth in The Palm Beaches.
See below for some suggestions on how to escape winter in The Palm Beaches:
Shop and Dine at Mizner Park
Head downtown for an entire day of fun — shop, dine and be entertained in the luxurious and large Mizner Plaza. Don stylish summer attire, check out the scenery, watch a movie from your reserved seat at upscale cinema iPic Theatres, visit the Boca Raton Museum of art’s latest exhibit or explore notable high-end boutiques and retailers.
Luxe Experiences at Boca Raton Resort & Club
This exceptional resort aims to make visitors feel right at home (minus the cold). Here, guests can spend lazy days at the beach, relax poolside at their choice of six pools, or enjoy world-class surfing. 15 eateries, Florida’s only Flowhouse with dual-sided wave simulator FlowRider, Sea Level Experience, two 18-hole championship golf courses, 30 clay tennis courts, and a 50,000-square-foot Waldorf Astoria Spa – modelled after the Alhambra Palace of Spain also await visitors. Views of the sunrise or sunset from the pink, Mediterranean-inspired resort provide peaceful, unmatched moments.
Tranquillity at Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
Designed by landscape architect Hoichi Kurisu, the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens showcases six styles of Japanese gardening. The 16-acre campus includes strolling paths and a stunning bonsai collection. The building, modelled after a Japanese villa with an open-air courtyard, highlights Florida’s connection to Japan through engaging exhibits, programs, events, a museum store and café.
Fun in the Sun at Delray Municipal Beach
Named one of Florida’s Top 10 Beaches by the Travel Channel in 2015 and 2016, Delray Municipal Beach welcomes families, couples and friends for a day of sun worshipping. The vibrant and surfer-friendly attraction is a short walk from Atlantic Avenue, which offers more than three kilometres of restaurants and local shops, and hosts many outdoor festivals.
Enjoy Sunrise at Juno Beach Park
With beautiful turquoise water, golden sand and palm trees, Juno Beach Park is the perfect spot to watch the sunrise, then take a long walk along the shoreline. Not only is this a favoured spot for rest and rejuvenation, but the seaside community also offers a fishing pier with spectacular views.
“Sea” Turtles and More at Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Visitors young and old can learn about sea turtles and other aquatic life at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Committed to the conservation of ocean ecosystems, this nonprofit organization offers hands-on learning exhibits, aquariums and a turtle rehabilitation hospital. The centre is just steps away from the beach, making it easy for visitors to feel connected to sea turtles and other marine life.
Climb the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
A climb to the top of the 108-foot Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum offers visitors panoramic views of Jupiter’s Intracoastal Waterways and nearby Martin County’s Jupiter Island. 105 steps to the top, the attraction shines a light on Jupiter’s maritime beginnings with guided tours, a museum gallery and gift shop, an outdoor picnic area and special events.
Coast Along Harbourside Place
Situated along Jupiter’s Intracoastal Waterway, Harbourside Place is the spot for a cool, coastal experience, day or night. Visitors will find restaurants, specialty shops, luxury accommodations and live music at the centre’s waterfront amphitheatre. The breathtaking views of the harbour make it a picture-perfect place to enjoy the beauty that is Jupiter.
Visit a Historic Mansion at Flagler Museum
Since 1902, Flagler Museum (then known as Henry Morrison Flagler’s Gilded Age estate) has been one of Palm Beach County’s iconic landmarks, a true representation of Florida’s grand history. Visitors can step into the 75-room home that Standard Oil cofounder Henry Morrison Flagler built as a wedding present to his wife. From observing the magnificent Italian Renaissance designs to walking through Railcar No. 91, a palace-like private railcar Flagler used to survey his railroad empire, visitors can sample the luxury of the Gilded Age.
Stay in Style at The Breakers Palm Beach
As the saying goes, once you stay, you’ll understand®. Since 1896 the opulent Breakers Palm Beach has been known not only for luxury, but also for top-notch service. Here, Canadian visitors looking to escape into another world will find nine acclaimed restaurant options — from the Flagler Steakhouse to The Beach Club Restaurant — gorgeous bungalows, four pools, private beach access, and elegant suites. A variety of water sports, an extensive program of family and children’s activities, as well as a 20,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor spa are also available to hotel guests.