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A Night in South Florida

by Michael Goldberg

You've done it. you've finally purchased your dream home in the perfect neighborhood in South Florida. You want to celebrate, no, you deserve to celebrate! With so many choices of wonderful and tantalizing nightlife in South Florida, where should you go?

There's something to be said for the convenient nightlife in South Florida. Whether you're hitting a high-class club in Miami, dinner on the water in The Keys, or getting cocktails in Fort Lauderdale, you'll be able to find amazing places but a stone's throw from your neighborhood. 

Miami

Bar - Blue Martini

Treat yourself to the top shelf at this upscale cocktail lounge. The martinis here are to die for, and their signature Blue Martini cannot be missed. As it's located in the Town and Country Mall, it's easy to get to both by car and public transportation, or even a nice walk. Wednesday is Ladies Night for those of you wanting to have a night out with your gal pals. A treat here is with six or more in your party, you will receive a complimentary flute of champagne. 

Nightclub - LIV

South Beach is undeniably the neighborhood with the hottest night life in Miami. Be prepared to rub shoulders with celebrities and the Who's Who of South Florida. Hotel bars and clubs have really come up in the city, and none more so than LIV, the opulent, trendy, and VIP inviting at the Fontainebleau Hotel. Dance the night away in style with great music.

Restaurant - Smith & Wollensky

Eating by the water, especially in Miami, is a treat and a half. So really go for it at this perfectly situated and chic steakhouse on the southernmost tip of Miami Beach in South Pointe Park. Not only will you be dining on some first-rate cuts of meat, you'll have gorgeous sunset views over the ocean.

Fort Lauderdale 

Bar - WILDER

Sophistication is the name of the game at this distinguished establishment mixing some of the very best libations out there. Choose from one of its three rooms: the cocktail bar, the terrace for stunning views, or the great room for parties and social hors d'oeuvres. This old-world establishment will whisk you away, the perfect recipe for a truly wondrous night out in South Florida.

Casino - Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

You could head out to the clubs in Fort Lauderdale, but we recommend spending a night at one of the many casinos in the city. This stylish and classy casino is filled to the brim with entertainment options for a true night out. It's home to 2,000 Las Vegas-style slots and over 70 live table games such as baccarat, poker, and blackjack. Check out these discounts available in the area if you’re traveling with friends or family.

Restaurant - Bistro Mezzaluna

One of the finest Italian restaurants in the city, you'll be wishing you could eat everything on the menu. Their cellar has a particularly good selection of wines and the new piano bar will make a classy accompaniment to your meal.  Nestled between Lauderdale Harbors and Port Everglades, Bistro Mezzaluna is a perfect choice for those with boats after a day at sea.

Key West

Bar - Sloppy Joe's

Ostensibly Key West's most famous bar, this isn't a super classy establishment, but is it undeniably Key West. E joy a beer and live music from their legendary stage. Everything gets played here, from country, to blues, to rock n' roll. And you'll have lively company, as everyone sings along at Sloppy Joe’s.

Sunset on the Beach - Sunset Pier

There's nothing quite like walking from your home in Key West to the beach to see the sunset. Tons of bars and restaurants hug the coastline with glamorous views but make your way to the famous Sunset Pier for the unequaled gaze at the colors that makes Key West what it is: paradise on earth. Grab a seat at one of the iconic pastel stools, order a lobster roll from the nearby Ocean Key Resort, and take it all in. You deserve it.

Restaurant - Alonzo's Oyster Bar

If you live in Key West, you have to come here, not only for the 50% off appetizers and drinks from 3:30 - 6:30 PM every day, but also just for the stunning views. We also recommend the oysters Rockefeller with a refreshing ginger mojito.

South Florida is home to amazing neighborhoods packed with everything to make a great night out. Regardless of where you live, you'll be able to find a way to celebrate in and around your neighborhood. For those who have recently moved to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and The Keys, we welcome you to South Florida. You're going to love it here.

Summer in South FL

by Michael Goldberg

 

This state has a tropical climate. There are two main seasons: wet and dry. The wet season lasts from May through October, with thunderstorms usually rolling in daily in the afternoon. Temperatures sit around 90 degrees during the wet season, and the air is very humid. The dry season takes place from November to April. It’s still warm, around 80 degrees at the highest, but some nights may experience frost.

 

Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend at the beach or an action-packed week with the family, traveling in Florida is not complete without some time in Palm Beach. The town was founded as a resort and has kept true to its roots, as it remains a top vacation destination today.

 

Places to See

 

A trip to Florida is not complete without a visit to the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society. Officially founded as a small petting zoo in the late 1950's composed of a few ducks, goats, and chickens, the zoo is now home to 190 species of animals, some of which are endangered. The zoo is a great addition to any family vacation!

 

Palm Beach is also home to McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary, which helps to rehabilitate and rescue local wildlife. Schedule a tour to learn about a variety of animals from near and far. A tour here is great for the animal lovers in the family.

 

The region is also home to a few state-managed wildlife areas which offer visitors the chance to view wildlife in their natural habitats.

 

Where to Eat

 

Many Florida cities have a wide variety of cuisines, and West Palm Beach is no exception. Head to Havana for traditional Cuban food. This restaurant has become a city landmark since it opened in 1993. The menu includes ropa vieja, vaca frita in mojo sauce and tres leches cake for dessert. The best part is their 24/7 take-out window.

 

Sushi Jo is the top sushi spot in the city. The restaurant has a chic design, and it serves classic dishes as well as their own creations. Try the Anaconda roll, with shrimp tempura, salmon skin, eel, and avocado. Or the Jo’s Crunch, with tempura salmon and eel, asparagus and cream cheese fried in tempura batter.

 

Rhythm Cafe is a spot made for Instagram. The restaurant has a 1950's drugstore design complete with retro barstools and funky art. Its menu changes often, with past options including a spring roll crepe, onion-crusted fish, and key lime chicken.

 

Things to Do

 

For the adventurous types, the Palm Beach area has tons of options. Rent a paddleboard or kayak and head out to one of the region’s scenic paddling areas. Lake Worth is a very popular option for tourists and residents alike, offering scenic views and great fishing. Kayaking and paddleboarding are great activities for families of all ages!

 

The city has plenty of access to the ocean (8 different beaches!) for those who would prefer to go out on their own. If you are looking for a rental guided tour, there are plenty of options throughout the city. John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is a popular spot among kayakers. The park has a shallow reef which has many colorful fish, and it hosts live music on Sundays. Breaker’s Reef is a great snorkeling spot. It’s necessary to bring fins, as there is a strong current. But visitors may be able to spot stingrays, eels, and octopus.

 

As the city’s name implies, there are nearly endless miles of beautiful beaches in the area. With the Gulf Stream nearby, the ocean water stays warm year-round. Pack a beach bag and head to R.G. Kreusler Park. Located about 20 minutes from downtown, this beach has lifeguards on duty, a boardwalk to a fishing pier and a park shaded by palm trees. If you are out and about with young kids, consider a portable booster seat for your weekend car travels. You can easily keep one in your backpack when you’re at Kreusler Park or a full day at the beach. They are just as safe a regular booster seat and are a must for busy parents.

 

Nightlife & Entertainment

 

Those living in the surrounding Palm Beach County know West Palm Beach is the place to go for nightlife. A free trolley connects the hottest spots, CityPlace and Clematis Street. CityPlace has several restaurants, shops, and a 20 screen movie theater. A brand-new bowling alley opened in 2013, and the area has a popular karaoke bar called WannaB’s. The area has a dance club as well as a country western bar with an expansive beer menu.

 

Families head to Clematis Street during the day so their children can run through the dancing water fountain or grab a cone at Sloan’s Ice Cream. At night, the area is filled with 20-somethings who filter through the various nightclubs. There are many nightlife options to choose from, including a wine bar, rooftop bar, and a hookah bar.

 

Visiting Palm Beach Is a treat!

 

Palm Beach is the home of many of the country’s rich and famous, but is also a great vacation destination for families, with plenty of things to do for everyone. A visit here can be a relaxing one, with plenty of downtime at the beach or by the pool, or one full of action and adventure, with paddle boarding and water parks. A rich regional history also provides ample opportunities to learn more about the area and the animals that inhabit it. No matter what your vacation goals may be, Palm Beach has something to offer. This list is a great way to start planning your visit!

 

Hidden Gems in the Sunshine State

by Michael Goldberg

So you’re looking to discover more of Florida but you don’t want to settle for the standard traveler’s fare of activities? Well, Florida’s beaches live up to their reputation but otherwise, we don’t blame you for wanting to shake things up, and we’ve got you covered. Locals and soon-to-be residents, come forth! This isn’t your typical tourist trap hit list; read on for some of the best, most overlooked ways to have fun in Southeast Florida.

See sea turtles by the moonlight.

Night strolls are enjoyable pretty much anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon line, but for half the year, strolls by the Florida coast have a particular awe-inspiring twist. March through October is sea turtle nesting season, and if you take a night walk by the coast at the right time, you’ll be lucky enough to witness it. Over the course of the season, more than 100,000 turtles will build nests along the shore to lay their eggs. If you’d like more information or to experience it with a group, there are plenty of parks and environmental groups that offer nighttime sea turtle walks in June and July (the peak of the season), but it’s up to you how you want to take in this natural Florida marvel. Just be respectful of the creatures, observe, and let nature take its course undisturbed.

Check out the world’s fastest sport in Dania Beach.

The Dania Beach Casino hosts play for the world’s rumored “fastest sport,” Jai Alai. The sport, invented in the Basque region of Spain and popular primarily in Latin America, is a high-speed game with similarities to racketball and lacrosse and is otherwise hard to describe to those unfamiliar with it. Come see the spectacle for yourself, it also is one of the few sports that’s legal to gamble on! We can practically guarantee this is something you won’t see anywhere else.

Add to the Jungle Queen experience.

The Jungle Queen is a dinner cruise that provides participants a four-hour tour of the New River and an all-you-can-eat BBQ feast. It is also known to locals as perhaps the biggest tourist trap in Florida. It’s campy and weird, but it does also provide a good view and introduction into the area, so it might be worth doing once if you’re new to the area. However, there’s a far more interesting local tradition related to this popular boat tour to tackle if you want to stake your claim as a native: moon the Jungle Queen.

The idea supposedly dates back to a full moon night a half-century ago outside the Downtowner Saloon, when a man let everything show—front and back—to the riverboat during a drunken tirade. Since then, it’s become a regular, welcoming way for locals to greet tourists… some people will even march out in groups to do it. If you want to prove yourself as a local, this is the most unique way to do it.  

Take a boat to dinner.

Traveling by water taxi at $20 a day is a miraculously efficient (and cheap!) way to see Broward County in Southeast Florida. The scenery is fantastic and the route of the boats feature extensive stops for bars and restaurants so you can get your fill of food, drink, and sunshine. What better way is there to spend an afternoon?

Visit a psychic.

You wouldn’t think of Southeast Florida as a hotspot for Romani immigrants, but it is! You can find fortune tellers along the Route 1 highway or at the Metaphysical Chapel in Fort Lauderdale.

Bike the finger islands off of Las Olas Boulevard.

In the 1920’s, developers in Fort Lauderdale borrowed the Venetian technique of dredging parallel canals with long peninsulas and a central road. It’s why the area is often referred to as “the Venice of America,” and it’s what makes it a fun area to explore on bike. You could also join a Cycle Party and hop on a group bike with 14 other partiers to bar hop and jam out to some good music.

Scan the local airwaves for pirate radio.

A little-known fact: a majority of the pirate stations busted by the FCC in recent years have been from South Florida. Turn your dial carefully to find some truly unique broadcasts.

Join Fort Lauderdale’s Critical Mass.

The Critical Mass is a social, family-friendly ride that brings together bicyclists from around the area to engage in a group ride to have fun and raise awareness of bicyclists. The leisurely 14-mile ride starts at 8 p.m. in Holiday Park on the last Friday of every month and casually winds itself through the streets of the town. For locals, it’s an enjoyable, longstanding tradition, and for newcomers, it’s a great way to make friends in town and get acquainted with the area.




 

Florida’s Family Weekend Guide

by Michael Goldberg


 

Families from all over the world make the journey to Florida each year and for great reason. The state is home to countless scenic beaches, golf courses, amusement parks and everything in between. The “Sunshine State” has long been known as a top vacation destination for people of all ages due to its variety of options. Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend at the beach or an action-packed week with the family, exploring around Florida is not complete without some time in Palm Beach. The town was founded as a resort and has kept true to its roots, as it remains a top vacation destination today.

Beaches

When planning a trip to Florida, it is impossible not to plan some time at the beach. Palm Beach is located in the most eastern part of the state and offers visitors and residents alike a few different options to enjoy the Atlantic ocean. Due to the movement of the Earth’s ocean currents, the Atlantic in Palm Beach is warmed by water making its way north from the equator, making beach visits here even more pleasant than expected. The area is home to eight different beaches, each of which is worth a visit!

Paddle Boarding/Kayaking

For the adventurous types, the Palm Beach area has tons of options. Rent a paddleboard or kayak and head out to one of the region’s scenic paddling areas. Lake Worth is a very popular option for tourists and residents alike, offering scenic views and great fishing. Kayaking and paddleboarding are great activities for families of all ages! The city has plenty of access to the ocean (8 different beaches!) for those who would prefer to go out on their own. If you are looking for a rental guided tour, there are plenty of options throughout the city.

Golf

Florida is known for its plethora of golf courses and the Palm Beach area is no exception. The area may be home to many of the country’s most financially successful individuals, but there are plenty of less exclusive options for everyone else. The Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course offers an affordable experience, amazing views and is highly regarded by golfers everywhere. Breakers, the oldest golf course in Florida, may be short but is very worthwhile.

Zoos and Wildlife

A trip to Florida is not complete without a visit to the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society. Officially founded as a small petting zoo in the late 1950's composed of a few ducks, goats, and chickens, the zoo is now home to 190 species of animals, some of which are endangered. The zoo is a great addition to any family vacation!

 

Palm Beach is also home to McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary, which helps to rehabilitate and rescue local wildlife. Schedule a tour to learn about a variety of animals from near and far. A tour here is great for the animal lovers in the family.

 

The region is also home to a few state-managed wildlife areas which offer visitors the chance to view wildlife in their natural habitats.

Ghost Tours

Palm Beach is known as one of the most haunted places in all of the United States. Worth Avenue, the main street in town (also an excellent place to shop, explore and check out some cool architecture), is home to a few haunted buildings. A ghost tour here can be a fun, unique way to explore one of Palm Beach’s top attractions!

Flagler Museum

The Flagler Museum was initially the home of Henry Flagler, the founder of the city of Palm Beach. At the time, the estate was one of the most magnificent private homes in the world, rivaling even the most prestigious buildings in Europe! Today, it is open to the public as a museum and event center. Exhibits at the museum include the history of railroads in the state (Flagler’s primary business), as well as general regional history. While visiting, it is also worth checking out the massive kapok tree on the property!

Rapids Water Park

Though Palm Beach is surrounded by the ocean, it is not the only option to get out and play in the water. Rapids Water Park is touted as the state’s premier family water park and has rides for visitors of all ages. Big Thunder, a top attraction at the park, gets riders up to nearly 20 miles per hour! All day, weekend admission is just under $50, but if you have a few days or plan to return to the park, a season pass is just $99!

Visiting Palm Beach Is a treat!

Palm Beach is the home of many of the country’s rich and famous, but is also a great vacation destination for families, with plenty of things to do for everyone. A visit here can be a relaxing one, with plenty of downtime at the beach or by the pool, or one full of action and adventure, with paddle boarding and water parks. A rich regional history also provides ample opportunities to learn more about the area and the animals that inhabit it. No matter what your vacation goals may be, Palm Beach has something to offer. This list is a great way to start planning your weekend!



 

Best Family Spring Break Tips Around Palm Beach

by Michael Goldberg

Spring Break is a time to relax, catch some rays of sunshine, and read a smutty romance novel or two. But with a family, Spring Break is a bit more complicated if your main goal is relaxation. Your kids want to be entertained, and you want them to be entertained without having to exert all of your mental energy on finding that entertainment. There are so many things to do in Palm Beach, and making those decisions for your family is difficult. Thankfully, with this list we’ve done all the hard work for you. There’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy around Palm Beach, Florida. You might even leave this vacation with a hint of a tan after all.

1. Make some friends at the Loggerhead Marine Life Center

Palm Beach is a prime nesting spot for sea turtles, but some seasons are particularly harsh on those tiny turtle newborns. That’s why Loggerhead is such an important charitable organization to visit while on your trip. The Loggerhead Marine Life Center offers a full schedule of events for kids and families to learn more about marine turtle habits, life, and patterns in and around the ocean in order to bolster conservation efforts and keep the turtle population thriving. Give Fletch, the friendly Marine center mascot, a high five on your way to the interactive show hosted by Dr. Logger, where your kids will be encouraged to don a lab coat and learn all about turtle threats, nesting, anatomy, and lifestyle.

2. Get your swim on at Rapids Water Park

Rapids Water Park is a splash, with its 25,000-square-foot wave pool, a quarter-mile lazy river, and "Brain Drain," where true adventure seekers can enter a launch tube and pray for dear life before it drops out from under them, plunging them deep into the pool below. The varied excitement levels available within the park make it a fantastic destination for families with children in multiple age groups. Daily admission is

3. Find a deep-sea paradise at Peanut Island

Peanut Island, once the site of JFK’s secret bunker, is located near Riviera Beach and is an 80-acre treasure trove. Snorkelers explore sparkling waters and swimmers relax on floaties in the water. The perfect island for nature seekers, camping is also available for those looking for a depth of experience that can’t be gained from a single day of exploring.

4. Visit the Four Arts Children’s Library for a relaxing afternoon

The Four Arts Children’s Library offers programming for preschoolers, families, youth and teens. Walk amongst vast collection of art and special exhibits, enjoy story time, and lounge in the botanical garden make for some well-deserved quiet time.

5. Waltz your way down Clematis Street

In downtown West Palm Beach, Clematis Street offers visitors an array of shopping and dining options, as well as free live music every Thursday from 6-9. Nestled along the waterfront, Clematis Street is a great place to explore with family, and this particular outing will fit in perfectly amongst other more active activities. A rotating calendar of special events are sure to delight each and every one of you.

6. Go to a Macaroni Kids event

Macaroni Kid is an organization with one goal: to enrich communities by connecting parents to events that are designed for children. Their site brings together local libraries, schools, rec centers, and community centers into one easy to use online calendar that parents can access to see events going on their area. Whenever your trip, the Macaroni Kids Palm Beach page is full of activities for your family to choose from.

7. Visit the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

Explore the astronaut exhibit or sit back and watch stars come alive in the planetarium before becoming best friends with some butterflies at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. It’s advised that you bring small children to this outing for the most enjoyment. Exhibits are geared specifically for small children, so bring them along for those moments of wonder.

8. Drive through an exotic safari

The only drive-through safari and amusement park in Florida, the Lion Country Safari has been operating for over 50 years. Visitors can drive-through or walk the safari and the park includes animal displays and encounters, animal feeding experiences, 5 different rides, a gigantic water spray-ground, delicious food, and plenty of souvenir shopping.

10. Chill it out at the Palm Beach Ice Works

Never thought you’d get a chance to play ice hockey in tropical Florida? Well some dreams do come true at Palm Beach Ice Works, where you can play hockey, go figure skating, and take lessons learn something new while you and your family beat the heat for a few hours and get in your cardio at the same time.

 

Welcome to Boca Raton

by Michael Goldberg

Boca Raton isn’t your average place to live, but you knew that already. That’s why you moved here. You knew the first time you came here that there was something special about this place. Maybe it’s the way the warm breeze blows over the Boca Raton Beach after a long journey across the Atlantic, warming itself in the tropical sun; or the way the water flows through the city, curling lazily about the place bringing the sunny scent of salt water everywhere; or maybe it’s just the thunderstorms reminding you that yes, you do technically live in a Tropical Rainforest, but something about the city simply relaxes you. Yet there’s so much more behind the beautiful weather -- from the fascinating history behind the town to the numerous outdoor adventures that await you in this sunny little slice of paradise, you’ll be amazed by what’s behind Boca Raton. 

One of the most interesting things is that Boca Raton wasn’t always Boca Raton. What the Spanish called Boca De Ratones was originally Biscayne Bay -- it was named that because of the rocky bottom of the bay which scraped on the ships that came in. The area around what is now called the Boca Raton Lake was named that due to mistakes by 19th-century Map-Makers.

However, what is now Boca Raton was just a small farming community with a population of 100. However, much of that changed with the arrival of a man named Addison Mizner. Addison was an architect who dreamed of turning the town into a city-resort whose entirety would rival the splendor of Palm Beach. He designed and oversaw construction on many of the historical buildings that still stand today, including the old Town Hall, which is now the Boca Raton History Museum.

This began in 1924, though, and World War II was on the horizon. Much of the land that Addison had used to build his resort was confiscated and put to use towards the war effort. A massive Air Force base was constructed as a training facility for B-29 Bombers, and the only training facility for training radar operator’s in the country. The grounds ended up being donated after the war, and much of it became the grounds for Florida Atlantic University. You can still see where some of the old runways have been turned into parking lots.

Boca Raton was home to two amusement parks through the 50’s but really exploded when IBM announced their plans to build a huge production plant in the late 1960’s. While originally adjacent to Boca Raton proper, the site was annexed into the city by 1970. By this time, the population had grown from 6,951 to 28,506, launching Boca Raton from a small town to a full-blown city.

Being a full-blown city can come with its own set of problems, but transportation isn’t an issue. Cruising around the city is easy here. If you have a car, you’re always a smooth ride away from I-95 and can navigate easily around Florida. Don’t fret if automobiles aren’t for you. There are regular buses provided by both Broward County and Palm Tran. For longer journeys, the Tri-Rail system can quickly and cheaply get you up and down the coast all the way to Miami.

With a simple transportation system, all you really need are places to go, and those are plentiful in Boca Raton. If you have kids, Sugar Sands park is a must. It’s a beautifully-kept, safe, and huge place, measuring out to 137 acres with loads of things to do to keep your little ones entertained and happy. For you, however, Mizner Park is the place to go. Here, Mizner seems to have gotten pretty close his dream, as the park named after him is a fantastically luxurious shopping center of the city. Even if you don’t buy anything, walk through here in the afternoon or evening to take in the beautiful landmarks and architecture before catching dinner and a movie. Here you can bask in the culmination of a trend started by a man with a dream over 90 years ago.

However, if you’re looking for things to do, rather than places to go -- if you’re the adventurous sort, not sated by a mere day at the gorgeous golden beaches, Boca Raton has you covered. The numerous lakes, bays, and rivers make water skiing and wakeboarding an unofficial pastime. Paintball is also fairly popular, but if that doesn’t get your adrenaline up enough, then simply head back into the Everglades. Airboat rides are all over the place, and nothing gets the blood pumping like looking into the eyes of Florida’s apex predator in its natural habitat.

There’s just so much to Boca Raton hidden behind the veneer of a tropical paradise. While, in some ways, Addison Mizner’s dreams of a city-resort have come to fruition, there’s so much history embedded in the streets here that the city has really become something greater: it’s become a home for thousands of people. Hopefully, this has given you a taste of the amazing things you can find here.

Moving to South Florida? Here’s What You Should Know

by Michael Goldberg

Moving can be a stressful process for just about anyone and can be coupled with a lengthy malaise of time in which you haven’t met new friends to ease the transition into life elsewhere or just an unawareness of things to do in the area. You’re already dealing with the moving trucks, car journeys, and all the other wonderful tasks that accompany relocation. Luckily, you’ve decided to move to one of the premier locations in the country. Whether you’re moving from the frigid winters of the North or the dry heat of the southwest, southern Florida will wrap you up in its almost perpetual sun and beautiful coastal landscape. So, here is a list of miscellaneous facts and social options to ease your transition into a new life.

Housing Market

To begin, let’s cover the housing market for those who know they are moving, but perhaps have not decided which area they prefer. To start, single-family housing has seen a 7.5% growth in sales according to The South Florida Reporter, doubling the national average. While this means that prices are rising, buying sooner rather than later can ensure that your investment climbs steadily. However, Palm Beach has seen a decrease in sales prices due to the influx of high-end condos and single-family housing developments, which can be good for those who are not looking to break the bank. Prices have also seen an increase in Tampa, though they have stagnated as of recent. Be sure to conduct extensive research before buying, of course, and remember that these trends come and go.

Sporting Events

Once you’ve begun to settle into your new situation, you may be looking around for fun things to do in the area to begin to get a feel of the city life and culture you’ve become a part of. A sure-fire way to start is the entertainment industry, and sports head up the category in Southern Florida. With Tampa and only a couple hours away, Miami, and Orlando to the North, the options are almost limitless. Miami includes the Heat (NBA), The Marlins (MLB), the Panthers (NHL), and the Dolphins (NFL). That alone puts you in a four-sport city, which suits the taste of any sports aficionado. Going to games in Miami is not only a fun experience, but the social aspect around the events will help ease the transition to a new city. Tickets can always be purchased at the venue. Be sure to head down a couple hours before each game to get the true vibe of the scene!

Nightlife

Miami is world-renowned for its fun and vibrant nightlife and is frequented by locals, travelers, and celebrities alike. For a more popular spot, check out Nikki Beach Miami, one of South Beach’s premier venues for partying. Not only does the venue boast a top-tier nightclub on its second floor, it also has an oceanfront complex which includes a beach bar, award-winning restaurant, cabana bar, and a garden café. You can essentially spend the entire day there. For a different type of nighttime experience, check out Ball & Chain, an iconic nightclub from the 1930’s which has reemerged as a live music venue. The bar also serves Cuban style food if you’re looking to delve into local cuisine!

Beaches

No list of attractions in Florida would be complete without the inclusion of perhaps its most alluring factor: beaches. After all, you aren’t excited to move to this tropical paradise just because of the clubs and sports teams! Of course, Miami Beach is the best-known area for fun in the sun, but it is certainly not alone in this area. This is not to say you cannot enjoy a trip to the popular spot, but if you’re more inclined to head somewhere relatively quieter, there are many great options to choose from in the region. A quick jaunt up to Delray, a pleasant small town on the east coast, is perfect for a day-long excursion. The oceanfront restaurants and local shops will provide a relaxing couple of hours, and the beach remains a less populated area. Spend a couple hours sunbathing, maybe some surfing, and then cap it off at the bar only 200 yards from your beach towel. Another amazing location is Sanibel Island, a historic site of colonial America. Lighthouse beach has fishing directly off the pier, the 9th-century lighthouse itself, and a boardwalk that meanders its way through the scenic marshes of the island.

 

Moving can be a great hassle, but of all the location to endure that hassle for, south Florida has to be just about the most promising area. The weather and landscape alone are enough to satisfy any homebuyer, but the real estate upticks and entertainment perks are just icing on the cake. Good luck as you make the jump into a new city, and remember that your experience is only as good as you choose to make it, so be ready to fully embrace the buzzing tropical metropolitan area of Southern Florida!

 

Guide to West Palm Beach: Entertainment, Outdoors, & More

by Michael Goldberg

West Palm Beach is one of the smaller South Florida cities, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it. There is a nightlife and entertainment district that’s buzzing year-round, top-rated restaurants and outdoor activities to keep the whole family occupied. The city is great for vacationers, or for those who want to stick around for a while. Round-up the family and the golf clubs and head out to the Palm Beaches this January.

 

This city has a tropical climate. There are two main seasons: wet and dry. The wet season lasts from May through October, with thunderstorms usually rolling in daily in the afternoon. Temperatures sit around 90 degrees during the wet season, and the air is very humid. Consider purchasing an air purifier for your home or office for some breathable balance. The dry season takes place from November to April. It’s still warm, around 80 degrees at the highest, but some nights may experience frost.

 

Most people get around West Palm Beach by car. There are two options for public transportation: the Palm Tran and Molly’s Trolleys. The Palm Tran has more than 3,500 bus stops, and fares run $2 for a single trip. Molly’s Trolley is free and it circles the Downtown area. The flat terrain makes the city very bikeable, and there are several shops in the area that offer bicycle rentals.   

Places to see

Located about 10 minutes from downtown, the Flagler Museum is where visitors can go to learn about the history of Florida as a tourist destination. The museum was the home of Henry Flagler, who co-founded Standard Oil. It is housed in Whitehall mansion, which Flagler built for his third wife Mary Lily Kenan. Flagler is credited with making Florida more tourist-friendly through million-dollar construction projects such as the Ponce De Leon Hotel, the Florida East Coast Railway. He eventually gained the nickname as the “Father of Miami.”  

 

The Palm Beach Zoo is a fun family-friendly attraction in the city. The zoo takes up a total of 23-acres, and it houses more than 1,400 animals in a natural tropical habitat. There’s an aquarium, tiger exhibit, and reptile house. Visitors also have the option of getting up close and personal with sloths, tortoises or koalas. The zoo hosts many events during the week. It also has daily shows including one with more than 20 bird species.

Things to do

As the city’s name implies, there are nearly endless miles of beautiful beaches in the area. With the Gulf Stream nearby, the ocean water stays warm year-round. Pack a beach bag and head to R.G. Kreusler Park. Located about 20 minutes from downtown, this beach has lifeguards on duty, a boardwalk to a fishing pier and a park shaded by palm trees.

 

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is a popular spot among kayakers. The park has a shallow reef which has many colorful fish, and it hosts live music on Sundays. Breaker’s Reef is a great snorkeling spot. It’s necessary to bring fins, as there is a strong current. But visitors may be able to spot stingrays, eels, and octopus.

 

Beach visitors should check the Cape Canaveral launch schedule. While people can see rocket launches from anywhere in Florida, the beaches and clear night sky often provide the best views.

Nightlife and entertainment

Those living in the surrounding Palm Beach County know West Palm Beach is the place to go for nightlife. A free trolley connects the hottest spots, CityPlace and Clematis Street. CityPlace has several restaurants, shops, and a 20 screen movie theater. A brand-new bowling alley opened in 2013, and the area has a popular karaoke bar called WannaB’s. The area has a dance club as well as a country western bar with an expansive beer menu.

 

Families head to Clematis Street during the day so their children can run through the dancing water fountain or grab a cone at Sloan’s Ice Cream. At night, the area is filled with 20-somethings who filter through the various nightclubs. There are many nightlife options to choose from, including a wine bar, rooftop bar, and a hookah bar.

Where to eat

Many Florida cities have a wide variety of cuisines, and West Palm Beach is no exception. Head to Havana for traditional Cuban food. This restaurant has become a city landmark since it opened in 1993. The menu includes ropa vieja, vaca frita in mojo sauce and tres leches cake for dessert. The best part is their 24/7 take-out window.

 

Sushi Jo is the top sushi spot in the city. The restaurant has a chic design, and it serves classic dishes as well as their own creations. Try the Anaconda roll, with shrimp tempura, salmon skin, eel and avocado. Or the Jo’s Crunch, with tempura salmon and eel, asparagus and cream cheese fried in tempura batter.

 

Rhythm Cafe is a spot made for Instagram. The restaurant has a 1950s drugstore design complete with retro barstools and funky art. Its menu changes often, with past options including a spring roll crepe, onion-crusted fish and key lime chicken.   

 
 

Lion Country Safari in Palm Beach Country Florida

by Michael Goldberg

Rated one of the World's Best Drive Through Wild Animal Parks

It's not easy to find compelling experiences for you and your kids to share together, but I know of one you might like. It's the Lion Country Safari Park in Palm Beach County.

What's great about the park is that you experience wild animals in natural habitat without walking around. You can get the full wild animal experience in your car without cages. It's a guided tour with you as the host for your kids. They'll enjoy hearing your commentary and you'll enjoy seeing their fascination with wild beasts such as Rhinos, Lions, Giraffes, Tortoises, Alpacas and other unusual, exotic animals from Africa.


If walking with the kids is still part of your plan, you'll find Safari Country's walking map a handy guide to the SafariWorld park. Here they get up close with birds, crocodiles, snakes, and other unique animals.

The park offers programs for kids such as educational and birthday party events. You'll want to investigate how to make more of the whole wild animal experience by registering your kids in some of these amazing programs.

It's such a rare and an amazing experience that we have down here in South Florida. Whether you're visiting for a vacation from Arizona like Brazos Minshew, or researching where to buy a home, knowing more about the top attractions in Palm Beach is worth your time. Your kids will enjoy more than just beach time down here.

Lions, Giraffes and Ankole Cattle

What will you see in the drive through park?  As the name suggests, the 8 foot long, 550 pound African Lion is the biggest draw.  These fearsome beasts are never to be taken lightly and you'll get a sense of the danger of living in Africa.  Another uncommon site is the Ankole Cattle which have horns that could be up 13 feet wide. 

There's plenty more wild animals that will surely stimulate your child's imagination and sense of awe and wonder. Hearing a Lion's roar for the first time is something you should share with them. It's nature at its most riveting!

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Moving to South Florida

There's so many reasons to move to South Florida right now. This might be the perfect time to make that big move to Florida you were thinking of. Check out the market forecast for Palm Beach County communities of Boca Raton, Palm Beach Island, Wellington, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach. The market here is hot.

 

Amazing High Definition Videos of Palm Beach Florida

by Michael Goldberg

Linger in the Mediterranean Architecture and Style of Palm Beach FL

Most visitors to the Palm Beach area are impressed with the relaxing, casual atmosphere which includes the Italian-Spanish/Mediterranean inspired architecture, designs, color, and creative mix of stone in buildings and landscaping. Then there's the drives along the beach highway and quaint streets culminating in dining at some exquisitely designed restaurant in town. It's a tough life here in Palm Beach!

Relax and enjoy the sites of this beautiful location in South Florida and remind yourself of why you want to move here.

This first entertaining high definition video from 8K video offers a very delightful walkaround view of shops, patios, palm lined streets, glittering waterways, along with streetside and aerial views of estate homes in Palm Beach. The expansiveness and lack of crowds is just one reward you'll enjoy when you're here. It's why the wealthy come to Palm Beach County.

 

 

Next up is the driving video from J Utah. This is beach town driving to enjoy. This is a pleasant drive up A1A (South Ocean Boulevard) to Palm Beach and the highway runs right on the beach.

 

 

And a tour of Palm Beaches exclusive shopping area called Worth Avenue is on many hopeful new resident's list.

 

The Breakers Palm Beach Hotel. And a visit or stay at the stunning and historic Breakers Palm Beach Hotel is just one more fantastic experience for visitors. This video gives you a close up view of this magnificent and famous hotel, its rooms, ballrooms, courtyards, waterfalls, spas, and incredible Mediterranean-styled architecture. American tropics meets the Mediterranean. The architecture as discussed by a prominent architect in this video is an example Mediterranean Revival which mixes gothic Venetian, Italian, Spanish Renaissance and Colonial influences.

 

 

And if you crave the nightlife and touristy and entertainment, there's plenty in West Palm Beach. Discover the top attractions in Palm Beach for you and your family.

 

 

 

Are you looking at homes for sale in Palm Beach or homes in Boca Raton? Or are you interested in more spacious estate properties in Wellington, home of the equestrian community? A quick call to me is the fastest way to get oriented to the best offerings and the best communities. Call me, Michael Goldberg now and let's accelerate your Palm Beach home quest.

 

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