Smooth-sand beaches, wonderful waterways, superb shopping, fine dining and world class live entertainment await you at this sunshine-filled gem.

Hit Florida’s Atlantic Ocean Coast and you discover everything from Broadway-quality shows to superb golf, gastronomic paradise, a world-renowned art museum and much more, all within easy reach of tranquil waterways and smooth-sand beaches. There’s four retail and entertainment districts: Antiques Row, Clematis Street, CityPlace and Northwood Village, all packed with boutique shops, department stores, fashionable bars and nightclubs. With near-perfect weather all year round, a visit is a pleasure anytime.

Things to know before you go

  • A rental car is recommended as taxis and buses are not so common and many attractions are pretty spread out. Also, a rental car is ideal for that must-do experience, driving along the Ocean road.
  • Pack clothes suitable for high heat and high humidity outdoors - and widespread effective air conditioning inside.
  • Visit at a less popular time, during spring or fall. It’s slightly less fashionable but rather less costly too.

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Ben West

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Ben West has written several guidebooks and many articles for numerous publications including The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent and the Financial Times.