Palm Beach Travel Guide

36 hours in Palm Beach

As promised on Monday, here is my guide to Palm Beach based on the few days that we enjoyed there. I definitely want to go back soon to explore more and promise to add to this list when I do, but I think it’s a pretty great start! From healthy meals to decadent cocktail lists from hotel recommendations, enjoy this guide to this art deco inspired city. Now if someone could just give me a couple of mill so I could by a mansion on the water there, that would be great!

Eat: The Island Bee

The Island Bee in West Palm Beach

Matcha Love

My friend Jess recommended The Island Bee because she knows how much I care about healthy meals… even on vacation! From delicious acai bowls to the freshest avocado toast to organic coffee, this was basically my dream restaurant. I even discovered the cutest brand of iced matcha… How cute is that little can? We went once for breakfast and then again for a smoothie (PB&J) when Anel got ice cream one afternoon and there was no dairy free option for me.

Eat: Pizza al Fresco

Pizza Al Fresco in West Palm Beach

Lemon Stripes Shopping on Worth Ave

Dress c/o

A lot of Palm Beach is really fancy and while I love a good fancy meal once in a while, Anel and I prefer to keep it casual. Twinkle lights surrounded the cutest courtyard where we enjoyed red wine and incredible pizza at Pizza Al Fresco. They were able to make me a gluten free version, parmesan-only version of their Siciliana pizza that knocked my socks off. Loved the food, loved the casual ambiance, loved it all!

Eat: Nick & Johnnie’s

Nick and Johnie's West Palm Beach

Every single person who gave me their list of restaurants in Palm Beach mentioned Nick & Johnnies. It’s another more casual venue with Lilly Pulitzer fabric on all the seats. I thought that was all fine and dandy until I saw the menu. It took me 20 minutes to decide because I wanted it all. In the end I went with the Ahi Surfer’s Sushi bowl with sesame lemon-soy vinaigrette and sesame rice while Anel had his usual fish tacos. The green juice was also great!

Eat & Drink: HMF at The Breakers

HMF Palm Beach

Our dinner at HMF was by far the culinary highlight of the trip. If you do one big meal in Palm Beach, it should 100% be here. If the price range is a little high, go for a cocktail. The vibe is very Mad Men (the early seasons) with cocktail waitresses milling about the grandious space in black dresses and pearls, carrying trays of Manhattans and martinis. The menu is tapas style so prepare to share. We went way overboard, ordering multiple dishes but the highlights of the meal were the sliders (seriously), shrimp pad thai, warm Brussels sprouts salad, and duck bao buns.

Eat: Breeze at the Eau

Breeze Restaurant Eau Palm Beach

We ate at this adorably striped outdoor venue at our hotel twice. The fish tacos were out of this world and the salad selections were primo. I tried the asian salad and the cobb and added grilled chicken both times, so good! They also have pretty great cocktails. We shot all of the photos from this post there so you can probably tell from those why I loved it.

Drink: Palm Court at The Colony

Lemon Stripes in a rose printed dress

Dress / Clutch

Another old-school situation, the Palm Court at The Colony Hotel was pretty great for people watching and a stunning setting with blue striped umbrellas and purple bougainvillea everywhere. I always love it when a bar doesn’t have a menu because it forces you to either get creative or know what you want. I got one of the best martinis I’ve had in years and Anel enjoyed a stiff dark & stormy under the palm printed overhang, next to the pool.

Do: Bike on Lake Trail

Lemon Stripes biking on Lake Trail

Dress / Hat / Bag

On Saturday we rented bikes from the Palm Beach Bicycle Trail Shop and biked along Lake Trail, basically a wide sidewalk with the water (full of yachts) on one side and pretty insane mansions on the other. If you’re there in a wamer month like we were, I recommend doing this first thing in the morning. By the time we completed our ride, it was 11am and we were dripping in sweat. It was worth it though, as this was one of my favorite parts of our entire trip.

Do: Make time to Relax

Lemon Stripes bathing suit

Top / Bottom

While there’s a lot to do in this bustling town, make sure you give yourself at least an hour each day to enjoy the gorgeous beaches.

Do: Shop on Worth Ave

Shopping on Worth Ave

Shirt / Shorts / Bag

Worth Ave hosts everything from Chanel to Lilly Pulitzer to a host of antique shops to restaurants and more. It’s basically a smaller 5th avenue, but much cuter! Although I wasn’t able to do any damage in Chanel, it was fun to window shop and explore the beautiful alleys along the way.

Do: Sloan’s Ice Cream

Sloan's Ice Cream Palm Beach

I only had a bite of Anel’s stacked cone from Sloane’s but holy sh*& was it good. They have a great selection of flavors and talk about Insta-worthy! Look at that facade.

Stay: Eau Resort & Spa

I fit right in here #lsonthego #ilovewpb (@aneldzafic)

We were lucky enough to stay at the Eau Resort & Spa thanks to Jet Blue Getaways. It was a bit off the beaten path which was nice because I’m an old lady and appreciate that. But I also loved the decor which was all designed by Jonathan Adler who I’m obsessed with. The room was adorable, everyone who worked there was incredibly nice, and they gave us cold lemon-scented towels and pineapple rosemary ice water everytime we came back from an adventure. Those small touches go a long way with me! If you end up staying here, I suggest you rent a car because you’ll want to drive into town quite often and it’s about 15 minutes away by car.

Stay: The Breakers

The Breakers West Palm Beach

The historic Breakers Hotel is a legend in Palm Beach. My parents used to stay there when they visited as a young couple and still have great memories of this classic hotel. We explored the property a bit before dinner at HMF and it’s just stunning. I hope to stay there one day soon!

Stay: The Colony Hotel

Blue Umbrella at The Colony hotel

Also a Palm Beach hot spot, The Colony Hotel boasts incredible photo ops at every turn (sensing a theme here?). We didn’t get a chance to see much of the property besides the lobby and bar but the hallways were all lined in palm print wallpaper which I thought was too cute! The man at the front desk was so nice and even came to check on us at the bar an hour later to make sure we were enjoying it. You just don’t get that kind of service these days so it’s shocking when it happens!

Stay: Brazilian Court

I didn’t visit it but Jess recently stayed at The Brazilian Court and had a lot of great things to say about it so definitely worth checking out.

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Comments

  • These pictures are amazing, looks like a fab trip!
    xo, Syd
    anchoredinthesouth.com

  • I love you in the red and white striped dress! So cute!

    http://www.sweetmarylouise.com

  • Liz

    Personally I enjoy sprinkles for ice cream and my favorite hotel in Palm Beach is The Chesterfield. I also love afternoon tea there – it’s very intimate! And I think a trip to the Flagler Mansion is a must when visiting Palm Beach. For shopping, I always recommend the Goodwill Boutique in Palm Beach – there are so many interesting finds there!

  • graceatwood

    I need that striped maxi!!

  • Palm Beach looks so gorgeous- I can’t wait to (hopefully) travel there soon!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

  • ebikes2you.com

    Palm Beach is a beautiful place. I also recommending checking out an electric bike through http://www.ebikes2you.com on the Palm Beach bike trail. They will bring the bike to you and you don’t have to pedal and get sweaty if you don’t want to. Plus they also offer guided tours if you call ahead.