Worth Avenue is one of the most beautiful shopping locations in the country. This is where European sophistication meets upscale style and grace. This enchanting resort destination in Palm Beach is located just steps from one of the most pristine beaches in southern Florida and a few minutes drive from the famous Breakers Hotel. Worth Avenue’s romantic views and charming boutiques offer designer fashions, fine art, antiques, accessories, gifts, upscale dining and home furnishings in a captivating ambiance rich with old world charm and glamour.
We highly recommend a visit to Worth Avenue if you are visiting southeast Florida. Worth Avenue was founded in 1938 and it is definitely a hidden gem. This truly is shopping and dining for the “sophisticated traveler.” Just think of an upscale retail store, bank, or investment company and you will find it here. In the words of the Worth Avenue Association President Marley Herring “if you haven’t been to Worth Avenue, you haven’t been to Palm Beach.”
To get to Worth Avenue, take either Interstate 95 or the Florida Turnpike (Toll Road) to Okeechobee Boulevard, drive east until you cross over the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge (shown above), and then turn right onto any of the first three side streets (South Lake Drive, Cocoanut Row, or Hibiscus Avenue). After turning, you will pass four streets that are lined with multi-million dollar homes and then you will arrive at Worth Avenue.
Traveler Tip: Parking on Worth Avenue is at a premium if you arrive after 10 a.m. Our recommendation is to park on the side streets that run parallel with Worth Avenue. There are signs indicating how long you can park there (most areas have either a 1 or 2 hour maximum parking time unless you visit after 5 p.m). There are also additional parking options along Ocean Boulevard.
We parked on one of the side streets just north of Worth Avenue and walked over to the Intracoastal Waterway, which divides the mainland from a strip of island that runs along the Atlantic Ocean. You will be amazed at all the yachts and boats docked here. This spot offers a nice view of the Palm Beach Skyline, too. The great thing about visiting the coastline of Florida is the constant tropical breeze that you will experience any time of the year. Our visit here was in late December after the Christmas holiday, and the weather was a nice 72 degrees Farenheit (about 22 Celsius). We strolled down the walkway along the water and eventually arrived at Worth Avenue.
The first thing we noticed was how beautiful and clean it was. Everyone there is very well dressed. Palm trees line both sides of the street, as seen in the pictures we’ve posted. The next thing we noticed were the cars. Maserati, Mercedes, Rolls Royce, Lexus, Cadillac, Jaguar and Bugatti automobiles are everywhere. As Will Smith said in his song “hundred-thousand dollar cars, everybody got ’em.” We also noticed Worth Avenue had many of the world’s high-profile retailers including Van Cleef & Arpels, Tourneau, Tiffany & Co., Salvatore Ferragamo, Ralph Lauren, Neiman Marcus, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Gucci, and Chanel. There are many other fine shops, upscale boutiques, jewelry stores and art galleries. If you have money to spend, you will have plenty of opportunity to spend it here.
As you stroll along Worth Avenue you will find many alcoves and courtyards that have more boutique shops and even several restaurants to choose from for your dining pleasure. Our visit that day was between lunch and dinner, so we did not dine at any of the restaurants, but we did stop for some dessert at Piccolo Gelato. The smell of freshly made waffle cones led us there, and the delicious gelato, as well as the friendly staff, did not disappoint us. It was well worth the visit.
At the east end of Worth Avenue is Ocean Boulevard, known as A1A to locals. If you plan on spending some time at the beach you will want to park your car along Ocean Boulevard, as the beach is located here. There is plenty of parking along Ocean Boulevard, but it is metered parking (credit cards are accepted). There really are no time restrictions, however, since the fee paid is based on how long you wish to park there. The beaches here are absolutely perfect. The sand is soft, the crowds are small, and there isn’t too much vehicular traffic. Remember this is Palm Beach, so you won’t find cheap restaurants or tacky tourist shops here. Be sure to pack a cooler and bring snacks with you if you plan on being at the beach for a long period of time. And don’t forget the sunscreen! Florida isn’t called ‘The Sunshine State” for nothing! Keep in mind that the sun here can take its toll in a short amount of time, so please remember to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids when out in the sun.
We hope you enjoyed this visit to Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida. There are so many things to see and do when you visit southeastern Florida. One recommendation is to fly into West Palm Beach (known as The Orchid City), then vacation southward to Fort Lauderdale (known as the Venice of America), and, if you have time, take in Miami (The Magic City). All three cities have International Airports. We will post more blogs in the near future about each of these cities as we have spent a majority of our lives living here and we still visit the area quite often.
Did you know that West Palm Beach and Worth Avenue are only about 40 miles from Fort Lauderdale, and Miami is only another 30 miles south of Ft. Lauderdale? Did you know that Fort Lauderdale and Miami are also major ports for several cruise lines including Princess, Cunard, Holland America, Disney, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises and Carnival? So why not spend a few days in South Florida before or after your cruise vacation?
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