From Miami, take the 1 A (Ocean Blvd.) from Fort Lauderdale to Palm Beach. The first part from Lauderdale is still quite unspectacular until you reach Boca Raton. From here on you are truly amazed, one giant villa next to the other. One notices immediately, here the well-heeled live and enjoy the life.
But you don't get to see them that easily, mostly they are hidden behind big gates and in big parks. The best way to admire each of these is from the beach.
Between Boca Raton and Palm Beach there is limited access to the beach, mostly the villas line up, you stay among yourselves with quasi private beaches.
But there are some publicly accessible beaches, which are all very beautiful.
We especially liked the Boynton Beach Oceanfront Park (photo on the right) as well as the central South Beach in Boca Raton. Both shine in each case with an extensive and quite wide beach.
Now, if you're feeling a little hungry, head inland from South Beach in Boca Raton on Palmetto Park Road for half a mile. Here is the Luff's Fish House, a very nice maritime style restaurant with very good fish dishes.
When the weather is nice, you sit on one of the beautiful terraces and are pampered by the extremely attentive staff. We can highly recommend this restaurant.
The further you get to Palm Beach, the bigger and more impressive the villas become. In the center of Palm Beach, the legendary Breakers Hotel is the landmark of this place. Not far from here is Main Street with nice little restaurants, here the well-heeled locals gather.
Tip: On Main Street is the Testa's Restaurant (update 11.2019: Too bad, the restaurant doesn't seem to exist anymore). A traditional eatery (been here since 1921), comfortably furnished with fast and good service. On the terrace you sit to see and be seen.
The food is very tasty and although the average age of the guests is about 65 years, you feel more than comfortable.
The highlight in Palm Beach is the Flagler Museum at Coconut Row. This 55 room mansion is a museum worth seeing in a fantastic location and you can learn everything about the life work of Henry Morrison Flagler.
This American, largely unknown in our region, was the co-founder of Standard Oil and became a major oil tycoon. Furthermore, he was a pioneer in railroad history. He built the Florida East Coast Railway along the east coast of Florida, and created numerous luxury hotels along the route, such as.B. also the aforementioned Breakers. Worth seeing!