With West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale effectively book-ending this stretch of coast, it shouldn’t be any surprise that the two largest cities are home to the principal attractions, too. As well as the aforementioned Flagler Museum and The Breakers (which should be visited even if you’re not staying there), Palm Beach boasts the Norton Museum of Art, the garden oasis of the Society of the Four Arts and the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. For church goers, the Anglican community of Bethesda by the Sea should also be noted, with its 1926 church and immaculate grounds. The performing arts are especially well represented here while, for something completely different, Diva Duck Amphibious Tours provide a hugely entertaining way to get the scenic overview of the area.
In Fort Lauderdale, art lovers should head for the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, as well as the vibrant NSU Art Museum, while the full-on family-friendly fun of the Museum of Discovery and Science, with its IMAX cinema, is well worth a visit. For something more active. Xtreme Action Park has a mind-boggling array of indoor pursuits in a huge indoor setting, including go-karts, bowling, arcade games, roller-skating, escape games, trampolining, the Dezer Auto Museum and more. Then, for touring in style, don’t miss the sedate fun of the Fort Lauderdale Segway Tour, with several different locations and options.
If there’s one other thing you should do in Fort Lauderdale – or, the Venice of America as it is otherwise known – it is to take a water taxi ride at some stage. With more than a hundred miles of canals and other waterways, the city relies heavily on water transport to get around, and the efficient water taxis provide the ideal way to sight-see along the way.
Boca Raton is also high up on the Gold Coast’s catalogue of chic, and Mizner Park is at the heart of most of it, an extensive shopping/dining/entertainment area with its own Cultural Arts Center, cinema and the Museum of Art.
Once you have indulged your inner culture vulture, don’t forget the beaches, as this is still the main reason for being here. Singer Island (part of the city of Riviera Beach, just north of West Palm Beach) is a gorgeous oceanfront neighbourhood, while each of Delray Beach, Lake Worth Beach, Deerfield Beach and Fort Lauderdale (including its southern outpost of Hollywood Beach) are prime territory for staking out your own plot of golden sand and just enjoying the view. John D Macarthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach is also worth seeking out for its unspoiled natural aspect.