Groups of tourists walk past the current dwelling places of some of the area’s notable residents, such as Addison Cairns Mizner, Paul Ilyinsky, and Henry Morrison Flagler. Unlike the case with traditional celebrity-sighting tours, however, all of these men died decades ago. Their spooky hauntings frame the path of Ghosts of Palm Beach’s walking tours, during which knowledgeable guides share local folklore and paranormal encounters. Stops can include everything from Palm Beach Town Hall to high-fashion shops such as Gucci, Chanel, and Saks Fifth Avenue, where the ghosts still try to buy handbags for a dollar and two bits.
Manatees glide under the silent shade of mangrove trees. Tropical fish flock together in clear island waters. Out in the wilderness, silence abounds, interrupted only by the jovial voices of tour guides as they point out special landmarks, including the historic Jupiter Inlet lighthouse. At Jupiter Outdoor Center, visitors immerse themselves in local ecosystems through watery sports such as kayaking and standup paddleboarding, embarking on guided tours, or heading out to explore on their own.
Group tours take paddlers out to explore local waterways and stargaze or search for marine wildlife. Guides expound on local history as they pass sights such as the Jupiter lighthouse and Dubois Park. On various trips, they can traverse calm waters in protected waterways through Jupiter Inlet Aquatic Preserve and St. Lucie Inlet Preserve, navigating open streams and mangrove-sheltered estuaries. Staffers also supplement their sport-based excursions in classes, during which they lead night or early morning wildlife-photography safaris or teach yoga workouts aboard standup paddleboards.
Outfitting the outdoorsy on and off the water, Blueline Surf & Paddle Co. equips its clients with standup paddleboards, apparel, and accessories for both working out and hanging out. Hosting standup paddleboard classes—including yoga on the water—instructors lead students through nearby waterways during sessions that guarantee a fun workout for the whole body. At the shop, get outfitted with a board, swimsuit, or hat to keep the sunshine off freshly-tattooed foreheads.
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Pon Tiki's cabana-boat tours drift along the Loxahatchee River while endowing voyagers with a view of the Jupiter Lighthouse, a grandiose tower of red brick that was built in 1859. Equipped with a custom bar and a wide-reaching sunbrella shade-top, each floating bamboo-cabana provides passengers with tasty drinks and allows river-faring picnickers to bring their own food aboard. From the Pon Tiki boat's own golf driving tee, swing cultivators can fuel their secret passion for water hazards with dead-on accuracy, and the built-in stereo system allows smooth sailors to glide down the river to the soothing sounds of Bill Cosby humming Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.
Minutes from the inlet’s mouth, Jupiter Inlet Boat Rental’s location offers speedy access to both the ocean and the intracoastal area. Patrons can take to these glittering waterways in their pick from a fleet of cruising boats, deck boats, and offshore fishing boats, which let them cast fishing lines far from the shore’s judgmental sunbathing salmon. Crafted by makers such as Aquasport, Sea Pro and Hurricane, the boats' Yamaha engines putter as they cruise south to waterfront restaurants and mansions, or north to a wildlife preserve where bald eagles, blue herons, and other rare species frolic. Rather than renting a boat, patrons can prepare for future voyages with boating lessons, during which a US Coast Guard–certified captain share tips for anchoring, docking, and following waterway etiquette. Boat tours—which follow the company’s routes or ones custom-designed by the client—and chartered fishing trips both place steering responsibility in the captain’s hands, letting passengers sit back and enjoy the ride.