Day Three: Palm Beach to Miami Beach (63 miles)
Start the day in Florida’s old-guard enclave, then head to the ultimate luxury-shopping hub.
Shop: Palm Beach Area
Possibly the most rewarding place in the country to score designer thrift and secondhand couture. Two not to miss: Palm Beach Vintage (3623 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach; 561/718-4075), which carries beaded cocktail dresses, and Groovy Palm Beach (108 N. County Rd., Palm Beach; 561/628-9404) for Lilly Pulitzer and Pucci.
Shop: Trouser Shop
In ripe-for-discovery Delray Beach, this sartorial staple excels in preppy classics: snap up a pair of patch-madras pants or a custom cotton web belt cut off the roll while you wait. 439 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561/278-5626.
See: IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum
Just outside Fort Lauderdale and a must for any nature enthusiast. Grab lunch next door at the Islamorada Fish Co., an outpost of the Keys chainlet (it’s housed, appropriately enough, in a Bass Pro Shop). 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach; 954/922-4212.
Stay: Quarzo Bal Harbour
Space is the draw at this recently opened property near the exclusive Bal Harbour Shops. (Look for Gucci, Prada, and Bottega Veneta, plus the excellent Books & Books.) Quarzo feels less like a hotel than a boutique apartment complex, with suites that top out at 1,800 square feet. 290 Bal Bay Dr., Bal Harbour; 305/222-7922; doubles from $350.
An Asian-inspired gastropub? Curiously, it works. Welcoming spot with a Brooklyn-esque vibe (hipsters with their parents). 1418 20th St., Miami Beach; 305/532-7555; dinner for two $90.