Leave the beach and take to the water


There’s so much to do on Palm Beach itself that it’s easy to forget the other part of the deal – the water! General Manager of the Chesterfield Palm Beach, Francine Boissonneault, picks a handful of great ideas for people who enjoy nothing better than messing about on, or in, the lovely warm wet stuff.

francine boissonneault

Francine Boissonneault

Palm Beach County is blessed with some of the greatest big-game fishing in the world. The warm, fertile waters of the Atlantic’s Gulf Stream are closer here than anywhere else in the United States – literally a ten minute boat ride. Sailfish are routinely caught within sight of the beach, and the Florida record is a whopping 116lbs! There are plenty of local companies who offer private charters. Other big sport fish you can expect to catch are Blue Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Swordfish and King Mackerel.

Exploring the waterways of Palm Beach County is a great way to spend the day. There’s well over a 100 miles of freshwater canals, rivers, and lakes to keep you busy! Hire a jet ski or a Craig Cat (both for two people), try canoeing or kayaking, or rent a larger boat for the whole family. Another option is to book onto an excursion on the waterways around Palm Beach, Singer Island, and Peanut Island.


Big game fishing

The crystal clear waters, teeming with all kinds of colourful marine life, are ideal for snorkelling. You can take tours to Peanut Island, or into the Atlantic Ocean for snorkelling over coral reefs just off the beach over sunken piers. Expect to see lots of tropical fish, turtles, rays, starfish and sometimes manatees.

A number of companies also offer scuba diving courses and excursions. Just off the Palm Beach coast lies the Breakers’ reef in 60′ of water, voted as one of the top ten drift dives in the world by Rodale’s Scuba Diving magazine. Pristine coral reef formations with over 400 species of fish, crustaceans, sponges and invertebrates can be found within a mile offshore – perfect for beginners and experienced divers alike.



Water-skiing is available the whole year round, with a wide variety of different locations to choose from, either inland or on the ocean. And when the surf is up you can ride the waves too!


Airboating in the Everglades

Then of course there’s the spectacular inland wetlands of the Florida Everglades. The best way to experience this amazing region is on an airboat. Safe, exhilarating and fun for all the family this brings you face to face with some of the most beautiful scenery in all the USA, as well as some very colourful wildlife, including Florida’s most famous residents – alligators. Also look out for crocodiles, caiman, deer, egrets, cottonmouth snakes, otters, racoons and manatees.

Of course, if that all sounds like too much rushing about, and you fancy something a little more sedate, we have 47 miles of beaches that are perfect for sunbathing, paddling, swimming, barbecues, walking…and just chilling out.

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