City Insider: The Palm Beaches, FL

Ever wish you knew the inside scoop before visiting a new destination? Now you can! We’ve reached out to our favorite locals and tour guides from all over the world for their insider tips. In the City Insider Q&A, they’ll let you in on the spots that should be on your must-see and -do list!

Rick Rose

Rick Rose

Name: Rick Rose

Occupation: Proprietor, Grandview Gardens Bed & Breakfast and Palm Beach Vacation Rentals

City: West Palm Beach, FL

Website: grandview-gardens.com and palmbeachvacationrentals.net

Twitter: @pbvrentals

Facebook: Rick Rose

Pinterest: Palm Beach Vacation Rentals

Short bio: I am the proprietor at Grandview Gardens Bed & Breakfast and Palm Beach Vacation Rentals, welcoming roughly 2000 guests a year to the Palm Beaches. I am also the official historian for the Worth Avenue Association, leading approximately 1500 people a year on tours of Worth Avenue and Palm Beach.

In addition, I am very involved in the local community having served as the past president of the Grandview Heights’ Neighborhood Association, current board member of Discover the Palm Beaches, a current member of the Palm Beach Preservation Foundation, and the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. I also write a column about the Palm Beaches in the German language quarterly Florida Sun Magazine.

Best way to get to/from airport: Uber.

Best way to get to/from train station: Uber.

Favorite 5-star hotel: The Breakers Palm Beach.

Favorite budget hotel: Hotel Biba.

5 places visitors must see:

  1. The Flagler Museum
  2. The Breakers Hotel Palm Beach
  3. Worth Avenue
  4. The Palm Beach Lake Trail
  5. West Palm Beach Waterfront Park

 

Best local newspaper/recommended reading (for finding out what’s going on about town): The Palm Beach Post.

Favorite fine dining restaurant: Table 26.

Favorite casual restaurant: Howley’s in West Palm Beach.

Best place to get a coffee: Subculture Coffee in West Palm Beach.

Favorite bar/lounge: Camelot.

Best music venue/place to see live music: Guanabanas in Jupiter.

Favorite museum: Norton Museum of Art.

Best sports venue(s): Delray Tennis Center.

Most popular local food: Dolphin fish filet (mahi mahi).

Best “locals-only spot”: Benny’s at the Beach restaurant at the Lake Worth Pier.

To live like a local, you must have this experience: Go to a charity gala.

Local/native fruit or dish to try: Orange Blossom honey.

Most popular local drink: Arnold Palmer (3 parts unsweetened ice tea, 1 part lemonade).

Movies/TV shows filmed in your city: American Horror Story: Freak Show in Jupiter. B.L. Stryker starring local native Burt Reynolds in 1989-90.

Best souvenirs to buy/ goods to bring home: Orange blossom honey.

Best place to volunteer: Sunfest, Florida’s largest open-air music and arts festival.

Biggest tourist trap/places to avoid and when: Palm Beach doesn’t have any major tourist trips.

Best SmartPhone app(s) for your city: SkyBike (bike sharing in West Palm Beach).

Best travel tip: The best way to see Palm Beach and West Palm Beach is by bicycle. Public bike-sharing is available in West Palm Beach (SkyBike).

Johnny Jet

About the Author

Johnny Jet
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