With its gorgeous coastline, The Palm Beaches is obviously a top winter draw for Canadian sun-seekers. But did you know that the destination is also known for its fascinating history, family attractions and festivals? In this week’s Take 5, we sit down with Erick Garnica, Associate Vice President, Global Leisure Sales of The Palm Beaches, to discuss why The Palm Beaches makes for a year-round destination, for all ages.
1. What’s the best way for Canadians to get to The Palm Beaches?
“Flights from Toronto or Montreal to Palm Beach International Airport, direct with Air Canada (Oct 2023-April 2024), or secondary airports, Fll / MIA. The best time to visit is year-round, 365 days of summer, however we understand that Canadians usually want to escape in the winter months.”
2. The Palm Beaches is obviously known for its beaches. But what’s another top draw that most Canadians don’t know about?
“In 1878, a Spanish ship carrying 20,000 coconuts wrecked just off the South Florida coast. Locals planted the non-native seeds, growing palm trees and giving the area the tropical island feel for which it’s now known. Today, 39 Florida cities, towns and villages make up The Palm Beaches, each with its own distinct personality.
“The historic heart of Downtown West Palm Beach is Clematis Street, where colorful boutiques and antiques shops sit side by side with sidewalk cafes, nightclubs and historic landmarks. Clematis by Night, every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m., brings out sun-kissed fun-seekers for a free concert, dancing and the happiest of hours by the waterfront.
“Boca Raton’s beaches and natural features are peaceful and beautiful, but the pink-hued Mediterranean Revival architecture, a vision of architect Addison Mizner in the 1920s, is what makes the city so wonderfully bright. Mizner Park was constructed in this memorable architectural style with perfectly landscaped grounds, upscale shops, eateries and cultural attractions — putting Boca Raton at the top of the list of must-see Florida cities.
“In Jupiter, history buffs can get their fill of the olden days of Florida cities by touring the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, lighting the way for ships since 1860. Or in Palm Beach, shop the boutiques along historic Worth Avenue and then tour the Flagler Museum, a breathtaking 75-room Gilded Age estate.
“Festivals capture the flavor of a city as it comes together to celebrate its history and culture. The Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, held each February, captures this creative community’s love for the arts, while the western-style culture of the village of Wellington is best experienced during the multi-month Winter Equestrian Festival. The big-city sophistication yet small-town feel of Delray Beach shines through during the international celebration of Japanese culture each April at its Hatsume Fair.
“Enjoy the relaxing side of Florida away from big resorts and cities in Boynton Beach. Shopping, small diners and unassuming waterside restaurants capture the charm of small-town Florida. Or head inland to Florida’s Everglades and enjoy the natural delights and slower pace of Lake Okeechobee and The Glades.
“Now’s the time to explore all 39 cities, towns and villages of The Palm Beaches.”
3. What are the top 3 family attractions that you would recommend?
“Lion Country Safari, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, and Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society.”
4. What’s new in The Palm Beaches for 2023?
“Discover the vibrant cultural offerings of The Palm Beaches, Florida’s Cultural Capital. Cultural Experiences & Learning Adventures: Our Top Picks for 2023 can be found here:
“Come discover The Palm Beaches, a place that surpasses all expectations, awaiting discerning travelers who won’t settle for the ordinary. A place different from the rest, waiting just for you.”
5. How can travel agents learn more about the destination?
“We invite you to use the tools and our team in The Palm Beaches to plan a tailored itinerary that your clients are in search of. From our tropical beaches and outdoor adventures to our vibrant cities, festivals and events, your clients will love the diverse range of activities available in The Palm Beaches.”
For more information go to https://www.thepalmbeaches.com/.