Palm Beach has come a long way from the Gilded Age and its nonstop social whirl. Sure, it’s still glamorous; but it also has an irresistibly laid-back vibe and—surprise!—a year-round population of young professionals and families.
Miles from Naples: 148
Cabana at the Tideline Ocean Resort and Spa.
Why Go: In the summer, when crowds dissipate, Palm Beach sheds its black-tie image and lets its hair down. There’s no better time to sample the stellar dining, accommodations, shopping, and culture.
|Clockwise from top left: Waterfront dining at Brandon’s by the Beach; The Circle at The Breakers; the AB&G oceanfront terrace.|
Waterfront Dining: When in Palm Beach, do as the Palm Beachers do and grab a table by the water. Some of our favorites: Brandon’s by the Beach, located at the Tideline Ocean Resort and Spa, for an alfresco experience just steps from the surf and an excellent view of the moonrise; The Circle at The Breakers for weekday breakfast or Sunday brunch with a jaw-dropping beach panorama; and AB&G at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach for the Friday-night lobster bake on the sand dunes.
Guest room at Tideline Ocean Resort and Spa
Where to Sleep: For a classic Palm Beach stay, The Breakers offers a blend of history and modernity. The Italian Renaissance–style resort dazzles with its Gilded Age architecture, grand salons, and hand-painted fresco ceilings—but it’s far from stuffy. Just head to HMF, the resort’s social hub, on any weekend night, and you’ll know what we mean. The boutique Tideline Ocean Resort is gaining disciples among hipsters who might typically be attracted to South Beach. Tideline’s modern decor, moody color scheme, and unusual materials give the hotel a distinct urban energy, but its stretch of tranquil beachfront places it firmly within an island context.
The Breakers Imperial Suite, designed by Badgley Mischka.