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Friday,  April 19, 2024 11:08 AM 

Everything you need to know about The Palm Beaches in 2024

Everything you need to know about The Palm Beaches in 2024
Palm Beach, Florida. (Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)
Pax Global Media

The Palm Beaches is gearing up for 2024 with enhanced experiences and destination upgrades. 

Known as "America’s First Resort Destination," The Palm Beaches consists of 39 vibrant cities and towns that stretch from Jupiter to Boca Raton in Southeast Florida. 

In an update released Tuesday (Oct. 24), Discover The Palm Beaches, the destination's marketing organization, said that more than $1 billion in developments are on the way to boost its local tourism, which PAX explored in depth with Canadian travel advisors and VoX International (which represents the destination in Canada) in June.  

With a slew of new and freshly-revamped hotels, culinary experiences, enticing attractions, and enhanced transportation options, accessing this "domestic jewel" in Florida has never been more convenient and inviting. 

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Canada remains The Palm Beaches largest international market Canadian travellers continue to break pre-pandemic visitation, achieving 61,000 visits in Q2-2023, four percent more than 2022. 

From left: Leanne Toushan, Naomi Rogers, Carolyn Kremer, Michael Pihach, Paul Larcher & Cathy Davis enjoy a Palm Beach yacht cruise in June courtesy of Lots of Yachts/Lots of Spots. (Pax Global Media/file photo)

Canadian visitation totalled 213,700 for the first half of 2023, representing an increase of 20.6 percent from 177,100 visitors the same time period the year prior and up 12.6 percent from the same time period in 2019. 

Canadian visitor spend, meanwhile, reached more than U.S.$260.1 M in first half of 2023 - up 4.4 per cent from U.S.$249M the year prior. 

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Canadian spend accounts for nearly 52 per cent of total international spend. Once again, beginning Oct. 29, Canadians will enjoy seamless and convenient flights into Palm Beach International Airport (PBI). 

Air Canada returns with seasonal, daily non-stop service into PBI from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and multiple departures weekly from Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) with bookings available through end of April 2024.

From left: Naomi Rogers, Leanne Toushan, Paul Larcher, Carolyn Kremer & Cathy Davis visit the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida in June. (Pax Global Media/file photo)

Hotel developments 

Several resorts and hotels in The Palm Beaches are undergoing substantial transformations, amplifying the guest experience.

They include: 

  • Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa recently completed an extensive renovation, unveiling 175 revamped guest rooms and suites, upgraded banquet spaces, and the all-new Latitudes restaurant, accompanied by a variety of amenities, including a dedicated kids club.
  • Hilton West Palm Beach, adjacent to the Palm Beach County Convention Center, is on track for a grand reopening in November following a U.S.$25 million renovation, encompassing refreshed guestrooms, revamped dining options like the Galley with an exciting new menu, an inviting pool deck, added cabanas, a stylish lobby bar, and wellness activities.
  • Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa, nestled along the south Palm Beach waterfront, is also preparing to reopen this November following a U.S.$20 million renovation, focusing on modernized guest rooms, updated dining venues, and refreshed common areas.
  • Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Resort & Spa is in the midst of a multimillion-dollar renovation slated for completion later this year, embracing a contemporary open-space layout while modernizing its restaurant, lobby, marketplace, bar, and lounge.
  • Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront Palm Beaches Resort is set to redefine luxury, re-emerging in January 2024 as "The Singer Oceanfront Resort," complete with rejuvenated guestrooms, innovative dining concepts, enhanced meeting spaces, and a picturesque beachfront bar.
  • Flagler Club at The Breakers Palm Beach will unveil a luxurious makeover this fall, promising an ultra-luxury boutique experience with a modern aesthetic by esteemed atelier Tihany Design and exclusive guest benefits, including dedicated staff, complimentary transportation, exclusive food and beverage options, and more poised to elevate and enrich the guest experience. 

Exterior of The Breakers Palm Beach. (Courtesy of The Breakers Palm Beach)

Exciting updates also await guests in The Palm Beaches this season, as several hoteliers unveil enticing offerings.

  • PGA National Resort leads the way with a new charter boat, beekeeping experience, pickleball courts, and rejuvenating spa treatments.
  • The Colony Hotel introduces the goop Villa, a collaboration with Gwyneth Paltrow's brand and Ronen Lev, offering a revitalizing escape complete with goop beauty products and special menu options at the Pink Paradise Café and Swifty’s Restaurant.
  • AKA West Palm presents Body+Beauty Lab med spa for exclusive cosmetic treatments, while even furry companions can indulge in the recently opened AKA Pet Spa, powered by D is for Dog.

The Colony Palm Beach is around the corner from Worth Avenue. (The Colony Palm Beach)

Florida's golf capital 

  • Via Mizner Golf & City Club, the all-new private club in Boca Raton, offers two refined member experiences - a Jack Nicklaus Signature course with 18 championship holes at The Golf Club and an exclusive hub for social gatherings and upscale relaxation at The City Club.
  • The Park, West Palm Beach's latest 200-acre public golf haven, recently opened, featuring a nine-hole par three course, an 18-hole putting course, a kids-only golf area, and a cutting-edge two-sided driving range with Top Tracer technology, designed pro bono by PGA Tour Coach, Darren May.
  • PopStroke, an extraordinary mini-golf experience backed by Tiger Woods, introduces three state-of-the-art locations in Delray Beach (2023), West Palm Beach (2024), and Wellington (2024), featuring synthetic turf putting courses with fairways and bunkers akin to traditional golf courses.
  • TGL, a pioneering golf league in partnership with the PGA TOUR, promises a new dimension in golf entertainment that will revolutionize the sport, focusing on innovation, technology, and engaging fan experiences. The purpose-built SoFi Center at Palm Beach State College will serve as a groundbreaking venue, seamlessly blending a data-rich virtual course with a one-of-a-kind short game complex, offering a distinctive and immersive experience for both on-site spectators and viewers worldwide.

Art & attractions

  • The Norton Museum of Art will delve into impressionist and modern masterpieces at the "Artists in Motion: Impressionist and Modern Masterpieces from the Pearlman Collection" exhibit, now through Feb 18, 2024.
  • The Flagler Museum will showcase the evolution of technology through time with the exhibition "Bicycles: Technology that Changed the World" on view until December 17, 2023. The museum will also showcase the aesthetics of Art Nouveau with the exhibition "Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau", on view from January 16 through April 14, 2024.
  • The Historical Society of Palm Beach County will present "Endless Summer: Palm Beach Resort Wear" at The Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, exploring The Palm Beaches’ impact on fashion history, Nov. 9 through May 25, 2024.
  • Mounts Botanical Garden will enchant visitors with "Origami in the Garden," an artistic marvel by Santa Fe artists Jennifer and Kevin Box, featuring 20 larger-than-life sculptures inspired by the ancient Japanese art of origami coming Jan. 7 to May 12, 2024.
  • Busch Wildlife Sanctuary at Abramson & Schlaggar Reserve expands to a larger location in Jupiter Farms, a testament to their commitment to wildlife conservation and education. The newly opened facility is a haven designed to elevate the visitor experience, featuring spacious habitats, interactive exhibits, and a fully equipped wildlife rehab center, ensuring the utmost care for the animals under their protection.
  • The Royal Poinciana Plaza Après Beach gives the après scene a Palm Beach twist on Sunday afternoons this season, starting November through January, with cabanas styled by Royal retailers amidst a lush courtyard complete with bubbles, bites, and beats. 

The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum is full of eye-popping opulence. (Pax Global Media)

Sizzling culinary scene

  • The James Beard Award's 'Best Chef' in the South category for 2023 honoured five new Palm Beach County chefs as semifinalists for the coveted award. Adding to an already impressive list of award-winning chefs, the distinguished chefs making this prestigious list include Jeremy and Cindy Bearman of Oceano Kitchen, the creative genius Rick Mace of Tropical Smokehouse, the culinary virtuoso Pushkar Marathe of Stage Kitchen & Bar, and the exceptional Lojo Washington of Queen of Sheeba.
  • The Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival is the ultimate treat for avid food enthusiasts, set to dazzle with a four-day extravaganza of culinary delights from Dec. 7-10. The 16th annual festival is now partnering with Wine Spectator to increase its wine capabilities with more than 60 wine tables at the popular Grand Tasting event, is hosting seven new events in 2023, and is expanding its footprint throughout The Palm Beaches with a kick-off party in Boca Raton.
  • Café Boulud, Chef Daniel Boulud’s famed Palm Beach outpost, now offers daily afternoon tea with a French twist featuring a picturesque setting with a menu of Instagram-worthy specialty teas, mini madeleines, and scones, as well as mouthwatering and perfectly proportioned savory and sweet bites, thoughtfully fashioned by Executive Pastry Chef Julie Franceschini.
  • The Palm Beaches are buzzing with the arrival of over a dozen new culinary hotspots including The Jupiter Grill by the celebrated Chef Paul Niedermann, winner of "Hell's Kitchen" in 2012, The House, a culinary jewel nestled within The Park, West Palm Beach’s latest golf haven, under the guidance of top chef Jason Van Bomel, and Pink Steak a modern steakhouse in West Palm Beach with a retro-chic Florida vibe by Julien Gremaud, the creative mind behind the beloved Avocado Grill.
  • Highly-acclaimed New York transplants are also making a mark, including Harry's, Adrienne’s Pizzabar and Felice at The Square in West Palm Beach, Gallaghers Steakhouse in Boca Raton, and soon, Campi by acclaimed restaurateur Curt Huegel at The Ray Hotel in Delray Beach. Additional famed eateries from the northeast set to open in 2024 include Tutto Mare, a Mediterranean concept by the Tutto il Giorno restaurant group that will open at The Royal Poinciana Plaza as Palm Beach’s first and only intra-coastal waterfront destination, and Maman, a French café and bakery at The Square. 
  • More fresh dining experiences on the menu for 2024 include Limani Grille and Madame Tang’s at Town Center at Boca Raton, and a host of enticing concepts at Restaurant Row in Boca Raton, including Pubbelly Sushi, El Camino, Fiolina Pasta House led by Michelin-star chef Fabio Trabocchi, and Shabibi, a Lebanese-inspired culinary gem by chef Ralph Pagano of Naked Taco restaurants.

 Ease & style

  • Brightlinethe epitome of modern, eco-conscious intercity rail in the U.S., recently extended its services to and from Orlando International Airport. This novel connectivity now effortlessly links West Palm Beach and Boca Raton with vibrant cities from Orlando to South Florida—Miami, Aventura, Fort Lauderdale—ushering in unparalleled ease of exploration for travelers.
  • Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) To meet the demand, the airport is undergoing a multi-million-dollar project at Concourse B, part of a phased modernization program for PBI. The first phase will include a new 3,000-square-foot restaurant and restroom expansion. Other updates will consist of an overall refresh, an integrated nursing suite, a sensory room to create a calming space for travellers with autism and more. To view returning and seasonal flights, click here

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