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The Best Things to Do in Palm Beach: An Insider’s Guide

best things to do in palm beach

I’ve spent a bit of time in Palm Beach over the past few years, and I can honestly say it’s one of my favorite places for a quick weekend getaway.

There are so many things to do in Palm Beach—from shopping on Worth Avenue to hitting up some of the best restaurants—and this guide has you covered.

the colony palm beach pool
One Piece Swimsuit: Lilly Pulitzer; Photo by Caroline Bramlett | LCBStyle

I recently had the opportunity to experience PB through the eyes of one of its most notable residents—the late Lilly Pulitzer. Even though she passed away in 2013, her Palm Beach legacy lives on, and many of the places she frequented in the area are still around, and as popular as ever.

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Rashguard One-Piece: Lilly Pulitzer | Photo by Caroline Bramlett / LCBStyle

You’ll see a ton of those recommendations below, in addition to some of my own personal favorite spots. I’ve also included a number of places that came highly recommended by local friends.

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Cap Sleeve Bikini Top; High-Waisted Bikini Bottom; Natalie Shirtdress Cover Up | Photo by Caroline Bramlett / LCBStyle

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a fabulous girls trip, read on for my list of the best hotels in Palm Beach, as well as the best restaurants, places for drinks, shopping, and things to do. 


THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN PALM BEACH

Where to Stay in Palm Beach

the colony palm beach pool
Photo by Caroline Bramlett / LCBStyle

The Colony Palm Beach
I’ve stayed at this chic boutique hotel twice and I absolutely LOVE it here. Like a lot of Palm Beach, it has a very old school/retro vibe, and each corner is more Instagrammable than the next.

the colony palm beach review
Photo by Caroline Bramlett / LCBStyle

I adore everything about The Colony—from the people watching, to the branded golf cart, to the palm print decor EVERYWHERE.

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Photo by Caroline Bramlett / LCBStyle

The service was great, and they have house cars that will take you to and from The Breakers and other spots in town for free, which we took advantage of.

the colony palm beach review
Photo by Caroline Bramlett / LCBStyle

The Four Seasons Palm Beach
I stayed at this property a few years ago, and I can NOT rave about it enough. I experienced some of the best service I’ve ever had in my life, and the hotel itself is gorgeous.

four seasons palm beach

The hotel is located on an expansive stretch of beach that feels incredibly private, which I loved.

Design-wise, the property is also a home-run. I would recommend requesting the pink stripe Cabana Terrace room. Also: be sure to have dinner and a drink at Florie’s.

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The Pineapple Pad
After seeing this place on Instagram, I just KNEW I had to experience it. If you’re into design—or obsessed with Instagrammable locations—the Pineapple Pad is a must.

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where to stay in palm beach

The 400-square-foot condo, which was designed by the blogger duo @PalmBeachLately, is available for rent on Airbnb and goes for around $300/night. Everything about it was adorable. It’s great for a couple or two girlfriends, but not big enough for a family as it only sleeps two. 

palm beach decor pineapple wallpaper bathroom

The Breakers
When I took a poll on my IG stories about where to stay in Palm Beach a few years ago, everyone told me I had to stay at The Breakers. The problem is that they were sold out over my dates, and even if they weren’t—the rates can be insanely expensive.

That being said, people swear by the hotel. It’s the epitome of old school luxury. I spent the day here by the pool, then went back for drinks at night—suffice to say I would definitely try and book a room the next time I’m in town.

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Also, on my most recent trip, I took a tennis lesson with one of the tennis pros at their club. If you’re into tennis (or even if you’re not!) I would suggest it as one of the best things to do in Palm Beach!

Other Top Hotels That I Didn’t Experience:
Eau Palm Beach (designed by Jonathan Adler + people say the spa is to die for)
The Brazilian Court
White Elephant


Need help packing for your trip? Check out my Beach Vacation Packing Checklist.


Best Restaurants in Palm Beach

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Phenomenal oysters at Lola 41.

Lola 41
This new(ish) hotspot opened in the White Elephant and it’s a must-visit. I would definitely advise making your reservation in advance.

Nantucket-goers will recognize Lola41 as an outpost of the similarly-named ACK spot, which serves sushi and global cuisine in a bistro-style setting. Not to miss on the menu: the lobster fried rice, the Lola burger, and the tuna burger.

I’ve dined here twice and both times it was equally impressive.
Stalk them on Instagram: @lola41restaurants

Buccan
If you only have time for one dinner in Palm Beach, this is the place to go. The food is great and it’s a fun scene.
Stalk them on Instagram: @buccanpalmbeach

Cafe Via Flora
If you didn’t know better, you might just think you were in Italy. This upscale Italian restaurant, located on Worth Ave, has a gorgeous outdoor courtyard, fabulous pasta dishes, and an impressive wine list.

Imoto
This is the sister restaurant to Buccan – right next door! Great spot for a sushi dinner or to have drinks after dinner at Buccan.
Stalk them on Instagram: @imotopalmbeach

Pizza Al Fresco
I was introduced to this PB mainstay by the Lilly Pulitzer team, and it did not disappoint. It’s also so much more than just a pizza joint. Tucked away off of Worth Avenue on Via Mizner, if you didn’t know about Pizza Al Fresco from a local, you might just miss it.

But you absolutely shouldn’t. I would recommend making a reservation for the outdoor patio, which is buzzing virtually every day of the week.
Stalk them on Instagram: @pizzalfresco

pizza al fresco palm beach

Florie’s
This Four Seasons restaurant was created in partnership with Mauro Colagreco—whose restaurant in France is currently number one in the world. Whatever you do: you MUST order the tomato and persimmon carpaccio, if it’s still on the menu! I would literally travel back to Palm Beach just for this dish.

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A little nook in the bar area of Florie’s Palm Beach.

Palm Beach Grill
A classic Palm Beach stop great for people watching.
Stalk them on Instagram: @thepalmbeachgrill

Renato’s
Perfect romantic spot for a date night; make sure to sit outside in the courtyard.
Stalk them on Instagram: @renatospb

Honor Bar
This spot is new(ish) and one of the best lunch places in Palm Beach.
Stalk them on Instagram: @thehonorbarpb

Cafe Boulud
Another great place for people watching located at the Brazilian Court Hotel; sit outside and try at least one of their White Cosmos (their Blood Mary is also delish!)
Stalk them on Instagram: @cafebouludpb

Other recommendations:

  • Trevini
  • Flagler’s Steakhouse (Patio)
  • Sant Ambroeus
  • Seafood Bar at The Breakers
  • La Goulue
  • Almond
  • Henry’s
  • High Dive (West Palm Beach)
  • Surfside Diner (breakfast)

Best Places for a Drink in Palm Beach

HMF at the Breakers
Pre or post-dinner drinks here is a definite must-do.
Stalk them on Instagram: @thebreakers

Cucina
This is the famous bar where everyone goes for late night drinks. Not sure what it’s like mid-week but it’s always hopping on the weekend. When I say hopping I mean hopping.

Think Rod Stewart climbing on the bar to sing and Billy Joel having a makeout sesh in the corner. They also serve amazing late night pizzas if you have yet to be convinced.
Stalk them on Instagram: @cucinapalmbeach


Best Shopping in Palm Beach

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Lilly Pulitzer
It’s no surprise that the queen of Palm Beach, Lilly Pulitzer, has two locations in the area. One is located in The Breakers, and the other—the flagship store on Worth Ave—is the brand’s crown jewel.

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Stepping into any Lilly Pulitzer store is an experience, but this one definitely takes the cake. You’ll find hand-painted fitting rooms, an interactive pattern designer and even a cocktail bar that serves drinks and fresh juices.

Best of all, it’s the only Lilly Pulitzer location where you can actually customize your own shift dress. I had the opportunity to design one on my most recent trip, and it was such a special, unique thing to do!

When I posted about it on Instagram, I was surprised by how few people knew about it!

Worth Ave
A must-do when you come to Palm Beach – the ultimate luxury shopping destination. It’s lined with big-name brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Saks, and Valentino, but also has a number of independent boutiques as well.

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While you’re strolling Worth, be sure to wander into the side streets and alleyways for even more shopping.

C Orrico
A Palm Beach classic with Lilly Pulitzer plus lots of cover ups, jewelry, etc.

Palm Beach Vintage
Always has so many amazing pieces, I can always find something fabulous here.
Stalk them on Instagram: @palmbeachvintage

CJ Laing 
For the cutest jewelry, cover ups, etc.

Skinny Dip 
Another Palm Beach-by-way-of-Nantucket spot. They have cute sun dresses, jewelry and cover ups.  Good stuff for guys too.

skinny dip palm beach

Restoration Hardware West Palm
Have lunch at the rooftop restaurant.

Lindroth Design
I LOVE their straw bags and all of their home stuff. Must go here!

Hive (West Palm)
One of the chicest home stores. 

Other highlights: Stubbs and Wootton (for custom smoking slippers), Aerin, the boutiques at the Royal Poinciana PlazaLori Jayne Monogramming (monogram heaven), and Church Mouse is a fab thrift store.

Stoney Clover Lane
The adorable accessory brand’s original brick-and-mortar store where you can personalize pouches, duffels and more with their signature patches. Located at Royal Poinciana Plaza.
Stalk them on Instagram: @stoneyclover

stoney clover lane palm beach

Best Things to Do in Palm Beach

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Scalloped Skort & Scalloped Bra Tank (Lilly Pulitzer) | Photo by Caroline Bramlett / LCBStyle

Special shout out to my friend & PB expert Callie Stanton for assisting with these recommendations!

  • Tennis lessons at The Breakers
  • Bike ride on the lake trail or beach walk
  • Go to the beach!
  • Tour The Flagler Museum
  • Spa day at The Breakers
  • Mary Lily’s at Breakers is a yummy ice cream spot. 
  • Sprinkles is a PB ice cream icon.
  • Gardens at the Society of the Four Arts is so beautiful and great for photos.
  • Celis Produce has smoothie bowls if you want to grab something healthy on the go or to have before your flight.  
  • Christopher’s Kitchen is also a delicious, plant based spot that’s popular, but I would focus on the classics before you dive into this. 
  • Meraki Juice Kitchen (in West Palm) has yummy, healthy juices, smoothie bowls, etc.
  • Take a bike ride! Many of the local hotels have bikes on offer.
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Photo by Caroline Bramlett / LCBStyle

Let me know if you use any of these suggestions on your trip! And if there are places I’m missing you’d recommend checking out, drop them in the comments below.


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2 Comments

  • Jennifer
    August 23, 2019 at 1:11 am

    What store is the picture with the bike?? 💙

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