Beautiful view of Palm Beach, with The Breakers Hotel in the background — Photo courtesy of Luvjnx
Palm Beach is only 16 miles long, surrounded by the intracoastal waterway to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. It is home to some of the most amazing pieces of property, landscaping and yachts known to the human race. You could easily bike around the island in a half day, but if you have a car at your luxury, you can use the following itinerary to make the most out of your day on Palm Beach.
Start off by parking over at the Henry Flagler Museum. Here, you can get a taste for the history of Palm Beach and one of its most prominent figures. The former private estate - modeled after European dwellings, with a large interior courtyard - now houses revolving exhibits and special events.
Great view of Flagler Museum from the intracoastal waterway — Photo courtesy of Phillip Pessar
You can park for up to two hours, so save some time to walk along the Lake Trail. The trail gives you up-close views of some of the most beautiful estates on the island. It's a paved pathway along the intracoastal, so you get to see all the big yachts, as well as views of West Palm Beach.
After your two hours are up, get back in the car and head south. You will eventually run into Worth Avenue, where you can pick up some coffee and grab a few gifts for friends and family back home. Make sure you have a budget in mind (or a black card), as visitors have been known to run up large tabs at the expensive designer stores.
Once your shopping bags are filled, head east. Soon enough, you will run into A1A and the beautiful blue Atlantic Ocean. Park the car and spend some time on the sandy shores swimming, laying out and enjoying the sights.
The scenic shopping district Worth Avenue — Photo courtesy of Milan Boers
Palm Beach has a very clean, quiet beach with some sections patrolled by lifeguard. If you're the surfing type, you are able to bring the board out here.
Nearby, you can grab lunch at Charley's Crab. This establishment has some of the best seafood on the island, served in a relaxed atmosphere with outstanding ocean views.
Once stomachs have been satisfied, you can continue north up A1A until you reach the famous grounds of The Breakers Hotel. The sprawling property is complete with golf courses, tennis courts, landscaped gardens, restaurants, spas, clubs, etc. After a long day perusing around Palm Beach, this could be the perfect time to grab a massage courtesy of The Breakers staff.