It’s about time I share my Palm Beach Travel Guide with y’all! I’ve posted three outfits from our trip and alluded to a upcoming travel guide so I’m excited to finally spill on all our favorite places from the charming city. As a reminder, I went on a mother daughter trip with my mom and my sister. We take a weekend trip together annually and get so excited brainstorming new places to visit. This year, we all agreed on Palm Beach right away and were so pleased with our pick. All three of us loved the beach town! I can’t recommend Palm Beach enough for a mother daughter trip, a girls weekend, or a couples weekend (especially if your boys like to play golf!). Keep Reading for where to stay, eat, shop, and explore.
Palm Beach Travel Guide: Getting There
Palm Beach is a breeze to get to. We flew directly into the Palm Beach airport (although I had to connect through Atlanta), which was only about 20 minutes away from where we stayed. We easily grabbed an Uber from the airport to our hotel. If you live somewhere without direct flights to Palm Beach, then I recommend checking flights into Ft. Lauderdale as it’s just a few minutes over an hour away from Palm Beach so it’s close enough to Uber or you can explore renting a car. Also, another alternative would be to fly to Miami and stay there for a few days before renting a car and driving the 1.5 hours north to Palm Beach. In addition, there is a train that travels between Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Palm Beach!
Palm Beach Travel Guide: Where to Stay
When I’m in Palm Beach, I stay at The Colony! I have a hard time imagining trying anywhere else because it is so special. I LOVE this boutique hotel. It has such an old Florida charm to it with a touch of Slim Aarons vintage flare. The hotel is famous for its pink and green color scheme, palm prints, vibrate bedroom décor, and wonderful poolside experience. I definitely take advantage of the pool area by enjoying breakfast by the pool most days, sipping evening glasses of rosé by the pool, and spending a few hours in afternoon poolside basking in the sun. The food at the hotel is delicious and I love the live music in the Polo restaurant. I 100% recommend The Colony when booking a trip to Palm Beach. The hotel also has a selection of villas too that are wonderful for larger parties.
The wonderful women behind Palm Beach Lately are responsible for the adorable Pineapple Pad. It is uniquely Palm Beach and has so much charm and character! I adore all the pink, green, and rattan accents throughout the rental. From the moment you walk through the door, you’ll be inspired and refreshed by the feeling of having your own little island bungalow!
This beachfront hotel is one of America’s grandest old hotels and an icon of Palm Beach. It is definitely an institution and for good reason as it oozes luxury and elegance. If you don’t stay here, then I definitely recommend going for a drink or a meal like we did (keep reading for where).
You can’t beat the location of this old world Florida vibe hotel. I love a hotel with personality so this spot should definitely be on everyone’s Palm Beach hotel list.
Also to note is EAU Palm Beach.
Palm Beach Travel Guide: Where to Shop
One of the most quintessential Palm Beach experiences to have is to window shop along Worth Avenue. It’s the iconic shopping street in town and has everything from Saks and Neimans to Ralph Lauren and J.McLaughlin. There are a few cute baby stores and antique stores along the way as well. My favorite part of Worth Avenue was wandering around all the little vias or alleys off of Worth. There is so much to see!
I’ve been to the AERIN Lauder store in East Hampton before but the AERIN store was still all of our favorite store in Palm Beach. Everything she sources is beautiful and all her own designs and beauty products are divine. We were each easily coveting about 10 items! You may remember me sharing that I gifted each of my bridesmaids an AERIN perfume as part of my gifts for the girls on my wedding day. I’m definitely a bigtime fan!
I’ve been lucky to experience this shop during the summer on Nantucket but it was wonderful to finally make it to the original location. I scooped up the softest yet chicest blue and white maxi dress that I wore on our honeymoon and will be sharing in a blog post soon! Everything in the store is colorful beachy perfection.
Serena & Lily knows exactly where to open up shop! The timeless home brand opened a Palm Beach location in late 2019 with a gorgeous storefront and a bungalow at my favorite local hotel, The Colony. The coastal designs of Serena & Lilly definitely belong in Palm Beach so I highly recommend a visit to the store or a stay in the bungalow!
A collective store filled with a mix of well-curated mini boutiques. You’ll find clothing, accessories, decor, fun Palm Beach items, and more. Plus, there is a wine and coffee shop inside so you can sip and nibble while you shop!
Other than Aerin, I would say this was my other favorite store in Palm Beach! Leta Austin Foster is reknownded around Palm Beach and within the interior design industry. The minute I met her in her store, I fell in love with her! She is a wealth of knowledge of design and antiques and loves chatting with her shoppers all about her experiences. She sells adorable baby clothes, divine linens, special décor treasures, vintage finds, coffee table books, and more. I bought a vintage botanical print that I can’t wait to display in our house.
I love one of a kind stores that are specific to the cities they are in so this jewelry store was a hit with us. Sarah got the most adorable ombré pink and coral statement earrings!
It was so fun to step inside a Stubbs & Wootton store to try on all the loafers in person. I had the most amazing time getting creative with designing a pair for myself… hint, hint: I really went for it and designed a bright pink pair!
This is such an amazing boutique that I can’t recommend it enough! The boutique does the most outstanding job buying and sourcing for their store. I was swooning over pieces from some of my favorite designers like Lisa Marie Fernandez and Petersyn but also discovered new lines like Saloni. P.S. there is a Cynthia Rowley around the corner from this store too!
Everything about Palm Beach is heaven for Grandmillennials. So, it’s no surprise that the city has an adorable needlepoint shop, Lycette Designs. Lycette Designs is owned by a grandmillennial herself so she knows how to cater to women in their 20s and 30s who have followed in their grandmother’s footsteps and become needle pointers. As such, Lycette Designs has made a splash in the needlepoint world and, specifically, the Instagram needlepoint world! It’s a must visit for youthful needlepoint designs like cheeky sayings.
The breezy, ethereal, romantic designs of New York based brand Love Shack Fancy fits right in in sunny Palm Beach. Stop by for fluttery dresses in ditsy floral prints, ruffled tops in floaty cotton + soft silk, and dreamy accessories for your wardrobe and hair.
You know Assoline as one of your favorite luxury coffee table book publishers. The store is a fun one to pop into because you can finger through some of their most iconic books.
Straw bag/basket heaven! Lindroth creates some of the most adorable and functional straw pieces around + they monogram up a storm so it’s a must! You might remember my Lindroth monogrammed tote bag from this post!
Wandering along Dixie Highway in a must when in Palm Beach! It is a street lined with antique stores so be ready to do a bit of digging for treasure. We popped into every single one but I definitely came away with my favorites. My top choices are: Mecox (favorite!), The Elephant’s Foot, James & Jeffery Antiques, and Heath & Company.
I know this is technically a chain store but the brand doesn’t have a store in every city and I love Roller Rabbit so I consider it worthy to note. This location is big in comparison to others I’ve shopped before so it was full of tons of swoon-worthy pieces from baby clothes to beach cover-ups to bedding.
Lilly Pulitzer goes hand in hand with Palm Beach so I consider it an absolute must to pop into the Lilly store at the Breakers Hotel. I’ve been wearing Lilly since I was a little girl and continue to wear the iconic American brand today.
Palm Beach Travel Guide: Where to Eat
We had the most delicious lunch on the courtyard of this Palm Beach staple. It was highly recommended to us and we immediately understood why, the food was beyond yummy and the atmosphere was perfect. We sat big blue under umbrellas and enjoyed a prosciutto arugula pizza, a lobster cesare salad, a grilled shrimp salad, and a bottle of rosé.
We enjoyed a delicious dinner at Buccan. It was another one of the most highly recommended restaurants so we were excited to try it. It was exactly what we were looking for: a happening spot to be on a Saturday night with a great cocktail list an elevated menu.
Some of y’all may be familiar with this restaurant as they also have a few locations in New York City. Having been in New York too, I can confidently say that the Palm Beach location is just as charming and yummy complete with bright wallpaper, deep booths, an outdoor patio, and an Italian inspired menu. They have delicious baked good too!
Upon landing in Florida, I instinctively craved seafood. To my enjoyment, we ate dinner our first night at Seafood Bar (after getting drinks at HMF), which is located within the Breakers Hotel. The seafood was phenomenal, the nautical décor was on point, and the bar was crazy cool (you’ll see what I mean when you go, think aquariums!).
We rode bikes to SurfSide Dinner one morning for breakfast and it hit the spot. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a casual family-friendly dinner-esque restaurant that serves up fan favorites. I had a delicious omelet that I craved again the next morning. There were lots of locals dinning here too!
Cucina serves up delicious southern Italian food in an inviting space! I really swoon for the pizzas here but also love all the seafood on the menu thanks to the southern Italy influence. This is a great spot for lunch, brunch, or dinner.
The poolside terrace restaurant at The Colony was one of our favorites. We enjoyed two breakfasts and one lunch here as we stayed at The Colony. Everything was delicious and way better than what you might expect for hotel food. Dining under striped umbrellas on a beautiful day doesn’t stink either.
A sweet little gelato shop that will fix your sugar craving on a warm Palm Beach day.
Palm Beach Travel Guide: Where to Explore
Our hotel, The Colony, had bikes for guests so we took advantage one day and set out to bike The Lake Trail. Biking is one of my favorite ways to see a new place because you can cover so much ground quickly while being outside. We loved this little bike path and all the homes and water views it offered up along the way. P.S. If your hotel doesn’t have bikes, then you can rent bikes from Palm Beach Bicycle Trail Shop.
As a self-proclaimed history buff, I was OBSESSED with the Flagler Museum. It is one of the homes of Henry M. Flagler that was preserved by his family. We did the full hour+ tour and enjoyed every single minute of it. Our tour guide was wonderful, the life and history of Henry M. Flagler was fascinating, and his home was simply stunning. I highly recommend visiting the Flagler Museum for a little dose of history and culture in Palm Beach. Touring the home will also help you understand Palm Beach so much more.
The Colorful Streets of Palm Beach:
One of our favorite activities was to bike ride up and down the neighborhood streets of Palm Beach. They are so many special, inspiring, and colorful homes!
I quickly learned that the beach is much more of an activity in Miami but that’s not to say the beaches of Palm Beach aren’t beautiful as well. My tip is to find a beach entrance (or hop the wall) along Ocean Blvd for an afternoon of sun, sand, and surf.
Palm Beach Travel Guide: What to Wear
Palm Beach Travel Guide: Tips
My main tip for planning a trip to Palm Beach, other than to read and Pin this guide, is to follow along with Beth and Danielle. They are the adorable sisters behind Palm Beach Lately! They will give your constant inspiration for the gorgeous Florida gem of a city!