It's Spring Break Time!
From beaches to bars, our favorite local places to enjoy your time off.
Spring Break Guide of Palm Beach County
Stock up on sunscreen and dig out the beach towels.
Spring break is busting out all over Florida this month. College students from the East Coast and Midwest have begun their annual coastal invasion while Palm Beach County public school students are off from Friday, March 18 until Monday, March 28.
Whether you’re staycationing or visiting, there are plenty of options to fill sunny days (although we Floridians may require wet suits for frigid ocean temperatures still in the low 70s).
Spring break is all about the beach. Picking a favorite from among Palm Beach County’s 45-miles of beaches is like picking the prettiest shell on the beach. Everybody’s got an opinion.
Here are five of our favorites:
John D. MacArthur State Park: The county’s only state park requires a bit of a walk across a boardwalk (there’s also a shuttle) to get to the sand, but for lovers of nature and solitude, it’s the perfect combination of untouched beach, hardwood hammock and on the Intracoastal side, mangrove forest.
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North PalmBeach, 561-624-6952, $5 per vehicle ($4 for single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle. Kayaks rentals.)
Juno Beach Park: The Juno Beach Pier is the crown jewel of this stretch of coastline, and it costs only a buck to stroll its 990-foot length.
14775 U.S. 1, Juno Beach, 561-624-0065, free parking
Coral Cove: This tiny Tequesta beach, the northernmost in Palm Beach County, attracts snorkelers to its rocky shore. Bonus: You can walk to the sublime Blowing Rocks Nature Conservancy from there.
1600S. Beach Road, Tequesta, 561-624-0065, free parking
Palm Beach Municipal Beach: The island’s Midtown Beach boasts the easiest access, and toniest address, of any beach in the country. And remember, the window shopping on nearby Worth Avenue is always free.
375 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, 561-838-5483,$5 per hour for parking
Delray Municipal Beach: Proximity to bustling Atlantic Avenue gives this long stretch a high-rent feeling. This is a beach for the beautiful people, and for volleyball players who battle it out on seven well-maintained courts.
South Ocean Boulevard (centered at Atlantic Avenue), Delray Beach, 561-272-3224, $1.50 per hour.
See all of our Top Ten Beaches.
Want more beach? Check out our comprehensive guide to all of Palm Beach County’s beaches.
What do we want after a day in the sun? A drink on the water, with some fish dip and conch fritters.
Here are five favorite waterfront spots:
Square Grouper Tiki Bar: Sit with your toes in the sand listening to live music while watching the sun sink behind the Jupiter Lighthouse. For 21 and over only. 1111 Love St., Jupiter; 561-575-0252.
Guanabanas: There’s a good reason this lushly landscaped outdoor bar is usually packed: it’s beautiful and the tropical menu is delicious. Live music.
960 N. A1A, Jupiter; 561-747-8878
Sailfish Marina: Headquarters for a charter boat fleet, this complex is close to Peanut Island (a water taxi operates regularly from the floating dock). Don’t miss the Thursday night Sunset Celebration with arts and crafts and live music. Kids will love feeding the ravenous crevalle jacks that live under the docks.
98 Lake Dr., Palm Beach Shores; 561-844-1724.
Old Key Lime House: The owners claim this colorful 19th century building is the oldest waterfront restaurant in the state. It’s a swamp of University of Florida support, so FSU fans beware.
300E. Ocean Ave., Lantana; 561-582-1889.
Deck 84: In the heart of Delray’s massive Atlantic Avenue scene, Deck 84 is a place you can cleat off a line and ask the chef to cook your catch. Or just hang out on the outside deck, enjoying the seabreeze.
840 E. Atlantic, Delray Beach; 561-665-8484.
Check out more Palm Beach County waterfront dining and drinking spots.
Flyboarding is the latest craze in water sports, in which a water jet-propelled hoverboard allows a rider to surf above the water.
Try it at SoFlo Flyboarding on the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront, 101 S. Clematis St.; 561-870-0057
Horizon Flyboarding in Jupiter, 419- 902-3316
Boca Flyboard, 1100S. Ocean, Boca Raton; 561-405-8866.
WaterPark: The Rapids, opens for the season March 12 with the new “Brain Drain” ride. Thrill rides, little kids’ areas and a lazy river. 6566 North Military Trail, Riviera Beach.
Stand-up Paddleboarding is huge here, on the calmer Intracoastal or on the ocean for the more adventurous.
Rentals available at:
Singer Island Outdoor Center, at Phil Foster Park, 900 E. Blue Heron
Blvd., Riviera Beach; 561-839-5130.
Jupiter OutdoorCenter, 1116 Love St., Jupiter; 561-747-0063
Kayak Lake Worth; 561-225-8250
Paddleboarding PalmBeach, at the Riviera Beach Marina, 200 E. 13th St., Riviera Beach; 561-313-6011
Delray Beach Watersports, on Delray Municipal Beach, 400 S. Ocean, Delray Beach; 561-279-0008
Surfing and skimboarding
Rental boards available at:
Juno Surf Shop, 3961 U.S. One, Juno Beach; 561-880-0779.
Groundswell, 811 Donald Ross Rd., Juno Beach; 561-622-7878
Ocean Magic, 103 U.S. One, Jupiter; 561- 744-8925
Blueline Surf & Paddle, 997 N. A1A, Jupiter; 561-744-7474
Island Water Sports, 513 Lake Ave., Lake Worth; 561-588-1728
Nomad Surf Shop, 4655 N. Ocean Blvd., Boynton Beach; 561-272-2882
Boca Surf & Sail, 3191N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561-394-8818
McArthur State Park, 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach;
Phil Foster Park, 900 E. Blue Heron Blvd., Riviera Beach; Peanut Island snorkeling lagoon, take water taxi from Riviera Beach Marinaor Sailfish Marina,
Red Reef Park, 1400 N. Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton.
Diva Duck Amphibious Tour: It’s a boat. It’s a bus. No, it’s both! 600 S. Rosemary in CityPlace, 877-844-4188
Majestic Princess: Dinner, brunch and sightseeing cruises by homes of the rich and famous on the Intracoastal Waterway, at the Riviera Beach Marina, 200 E. 13th St., Riviera Beach.
Hakuna Matata: Catamaran sunset, snorkeling and booze cruises, Visit Palm Beach on the West Palm Beach waterfront at 100 N. Clematis St., 561-881-9757
Manatee Queen: In Jupiter Island, history and sunset tours, at the Rustic Inn Crab House, 1065 N. A1A, Jupiter; 561-744-2191
PB Water Taxi: “Then and Now” Cruise, private charters, shuttle to Peanut Island, at the Sailfish Marina, 98 Lake Dr., Palm Beach Shores.
Jonathan Dickinson State Park Loxahatchee River Tours: Wilderness boat tours, Trapper Nelson historic site, canoe, kayak and fishing tours, 16450 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound; 561-746-1466
Conch Cruises: Intracoastal and Loxahatchee River tours, to Jupiter Island, Trapper Nelson historic site, at U-Tiki Beach Marina, 1095 N. A1A, Jupiter; 561-797-9979
Loxahatchee Everglades Airboat Rides: Glide over sawgrass to see alligators, birds and learn the history of the River of Grass, 5492 Lox Rd, Parkland; 561-252-4030
On land tours:
CycleParty: Take downtown West Palm Beach pub crawl on a 15-passenger pedal-powered trolley, at the Wine Scene, 501 Fern St., West Palm Beach; 954-633-4665
Segway Tour: One or two hour tours of the island of Palm Beach and downtown West Palm Beach; 330 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-283-8818
Manatee Lagoon: An FPL Eco-Discovery Center dedicated to the gentle sea cow of the Lake Worth Lagoon, this just-opened two-story learning center also has rotating exhibits on natural history. In the winter and early spring, manatees often gather here in the warm water outflow of a nearby power plant. Free admission, 6000 N. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach;561-MANATEE.
McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary: Retired animal actors, rescued native wildlife and big cats who were once pets are among the 200 or so animals visible on daily tours; by reservation only, 129436 1st St. North, West Palm Beach; 561-790-2116.
Palm Beach Zoo: Koalas, bears, jaguars and Malayan tigers are some of the animals to be encountered at this lush, tropical animal park. Cafe, interactive fountain and a kid’s zone. 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-547-9453.
Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve: hiking trails and an elevated boardwalk wind through this 23-acre wetland inhabited by alligators, rare birds, deer, otter and bobcats. Guided kayaking trips available. 8264 Northlake Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-804-4985.
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge: This 144,000-acre portion of preserved northern Everglades includes hiking and biking trails, observation areas and boat ramps. Possible wildlife sightings include alligators, the rare snail kite, bald eagle, osprey and wading birds.
Main entrance at 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach. (561) 734-8303.
Lion Country Safari: This drive-through wildlife preserve in the western part of the county includes herds of zebra and African plains animals such as antelope and giraffe as well as African lions and chimpanzees. 2003 Lion Country Safari Rd., Loxahatchee; 561-793-1084