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Top Resorts in Palm Beach County

If your perfect Palm Beach Florida vacation features a range of surf and turf activities, we have the ideal resorts for you. These properties offer everything from snorkeling amidst sunken ships to historical tours on beach cruisers to waterside golf.

You’ll find ample opportunities for paddleboard and surfing lessons, state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor fitness facilities and even a 15-mile jogging trail along the Intracoastal Waterway.

The Breakers
The Breakers photo credit: John Cameron

Inspired by the Italian villas of the 1400s, The Breakers Palm Beach is run by descendants of founder Henry Flagler. Guests can do a free, two-hour cycling tour of local historical sites.

Golfers will love the challenging Rees-Jones course, the oldest 18-hole course in Florida. Dating from 1896, the Ocean Course sits on 140 acres overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, adjacent to the 540-room Breakers Hotel.

The Breakers Clubhouse
The Breakers Clubhouse photo credit: John Cameron

After the round, guests head to the Flagler Steakhouse upstairs in the golf clubhouse for excellent steak and seafood dishes.

The Breakers Pool
The Breakers Pool photo credit: John Cameron

Gym enthusiasts appreciate the contemporary 6,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor oceanfront fitness center, while all can enjoy the 20,000-square-foot spa, Mediterranean-style beach club overlooking one-half mile of private beach, four swimming pools, five whirlpool spas, 10 lighted tennis courts and an extensive program of family activities including water sports.

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa photo credit:John Cameron

The Eau Resort offers free beach cruisers so guests can cycle three miles north to golf along the ocean and the Intracoastal at the Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course.

Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course
Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course photo credit:John Cameron

The helpful water sports staff can arrange fishing trips or set you up with paddle boards, kayaks and catamarans to explore the marine life or improve your sailing skills.

Divers can see the old A1A highway, 30 feet below the surface, while snorkeling kids can discover schools of fish closer to shore. There’s an Aquanuts program for children ages five to 12 and a COAST Teens Program for ages 13 to 17.

An onsite tennis pro offers lessons on three Har-Tru clay courts, while a state-of-the-art fitness center, complete with personal trainers, offers spinning, yoga and Pilates classes.

The Seagate Hotel & Spa
The Seagate Hotel & Spa photo credit: John Cameron

The Seagate Hotel and Spa in Delray Beach is a gold-certified Leed property boasting five beautiful aquariums, including a shark tank. At their ocean club, guests can take a guided snorkeling tour to sunken ships or explore the area in single or double kayaks, paddleboards or rent masks and fins.

Golfers enjoy a private country club featuring an 18-hole Joe Lee-designed championship course and eight Har-Tru tennis courts, a fitness center and a pool.

Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa
Marriott Singer Island Palm Beach photo credit: John Cameron

A key feature of the Marriott Palm Beach Singer Island is the grotto-style, heated outdoor Lagoon Pool with a two-story waterfall and water slide. Guests congregate here on Friday evenings for the popular dive-in movies on the resort’s big-screen. Beach volleyball and morning meditation classes round out the group activities.

3800 Ocean is the signature restaurant at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island.  It’s always a treat when the chef takes away your menu and says, leave it to me. Chef Sergio Rivera presented us with a delicious starter of plump Wellfleet oysters, dredged in a breaded coating, fried and presented in their shell, followed by a duck breast au jus on black olive risotto and a sea bass wrapped in prosciutto, perfectly paired with a California chardonnay.

At the water sport rentals desk, you can book a pedal boat tour to nearby Burnt Ridge or sign out a motorboat to explore the waters on your own.

Waterstone Resort & Marina
Waterstone Resort & Marina photo credit: John Cameron

In Boca Raton, the Waterstone Resort and Marina, popular with boaters, has 139 guest rooms with private balconies overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway or Lake Boca.

The polished chrome against whitewashed teak wood millwork both indoors and out creates a seamless transition between the main floor and waterfront promenade. Easy access to water activities on all three include reef snorkeling trips, fishing charters, boat rentals, surfing lessons, jet skis, ocean kayaks and paddleboards.

The Boca Raton Resort & Club’s award-winning amenities include two 18-hole championship golf courses, 30 tennis courts, seven pools, a 32-slip marina with full fishing and boating facilities and a half-mile of private beach with water sports and family activities.

Previously published on USA Today 10 Best

Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa

Known for beautiful beaches, nature preserves and parks, Hutchinson Island consists of two barrier islands on the Atlantic coast of Florida, just north of Jupiter.

Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa is the first new resort to open on Hutchinson Island in almost two decades. Eighteen minutes from downtown Stuart, the oceanfront resort is just steps from the beach and many suites offer a private balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa Lobby
Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa Lobby

The new, coastal-inspired resort has 178 luxury appointed guest rooms done in ocean colors of contemporary blues, greens and pearl. The design and decor throughout the laid-back beach resort is a cool blend of beachside retreat and nautical luxury.

Dune at Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa
Dune at Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa

With its new signature Spa, two swimming pools and cabanas,  the resort offers beachside activities and drinking and dining where guests of all ages gather. Drift Restaurant + Bar, Reflections Pool Bar and the Dune Beach Bar all offer alfresco dining.

Things to do

Watch the manatees, one of Florida’s most beloved animals, five minutes away at the nearby Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, an educational and research site dedicated to preserving marine life and coastal ecosystems.

Cycling in Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Cycling in Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Nature is calling at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Martin County – a 40 minute drive south towards Jupiter. Hike with a park ranger, go birding, camping, kayaking or biking on paved and off-road trails.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park Boat Tour
Jonathan Dickinson State Park Boat Tour

The one-hour guided boat tour on the Loxahatchee River through mangrove swamps is a great introduction to the wildlife of Florida. At the River Store you can rent canoes and kayaks to explore the river on a self-guided paddle. The take out shack offers excellent happy hour prices on wine and beer to go with tasty light meals.

The Gafford in historic downtown Stuart
The Gafford in historic downtown Stuart

For more substantial meals try The Gafford, in historic downtown Stuart – a popular family owned restaurant, serving creative, southern-style comfort food. Try a perennial favorite, Mabel’s southern-fried chicken or the signature steak “The Gafford.” As it’s a Diner’s Choice award winner for 2018, reservations are suggested.

Hutchinson Island Travel Planner

Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa
3793 NE Ocean Blvd, Jensen Beach, FL 34957
Phone: +1 772-334-1950
The Gafford
47 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL 34994
Phone: +1 772-221-9517
Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center
890 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996
Phone: +1 772-225-0505
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
16450 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound FL 33455