Travel + Leisure Staff
December 04, 2017

Known for its upscale boutiques and irresistible beaches, Palm Beach has long been a favorite Florida getaway for vacationers from all over the world. Separated from southern Florida by the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway, Palm Beach is West Palm Beach’s sister city, and is known for being irresistibly serene. It has 47 miles of pristine coastline, upscale shopping, and the kind of refinement that can be hard to find in sunny ocean destinations.

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Your first stop on a trip to Palm Beach is the Intracoastal Waterway — a highway-like canal that stretches from Massachusetts down to the southern tip of Florida. Charter a boat and explore on your own, or hop on a yacht cruise and enjoy the breathtaking views with a cocktail in hand.

Get a taste of Palm Beach’s long-standing art scene with a visit to the Flagler Museum, which features guided tours and rotating exhibits focused on America’s Gilded Age. Located within the historic estate of oil and railroad mogul Henry Flagler, some tourists might opt simply to admire this grand residence from outside.

Travelers can also check out the Norton Museum of Art, which has a broad range of collections comprising American, Chinese, and contemporary arts.

Of course, you’ll want to spend plenty of time at one of the city’s many beautiful stretches of sand. Head to North Palm Beach for access to Atlantic and Intracoastal waters through the John D. MacArthur State Park. If you’re in the mood for something a little quieter, Lake Worth Beach has calmer waters, as well as a pier.

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Get your shopping fix on the esteemed Worth Avenue, known nationwide to be one of the most iconic shopping spots in the country. Here, you’ll find charming boutiques like Strong Boalt and CJ Laing, as well as big-name designers such as Chanel, Gucci, and Jimmy Choo.

If you’re in Florida, it’s quite possible that you’ve got a vested interest in golf. Hit the links at what may be the heart of the state’s golfing community. Choose from more than 160 private and public courses, open year round, featuring stunning views and challenging holes.

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