Basketball, softball, and soccer. Bowling, corn hole, and dodge ball. Flag football, kickball, and volleyball. Planet Social Sports provides many different arenas for athletes to showcase their skills, but the emphasis always remains on sportsmanship and fun. In addition to laid-back sports leagues, skiing and whitewater-rafting trips promise fresh air and new friends.
Opened in January of 1959 by Hazel Verdes, Verdes Tropicana Bowl features 32 lanes, a snack bar, and a lounge with billiard tables and a fully stocked bar. The alley offers open bowling until midnight or later, hosts parties, and oversees bowling leagues and tournaments. In addition to offering shoe and equipment rental, the pro shop supplies bowlers with gear of their own, so they can personalize bowling balls with tick marks indicating the number of pins they have knocked asunder.
Native Outfitters swaddles men and women with more than 100 designs of fast-drying, moisture-wicking and UV-ray-repelling threads. Gentlemen can bandage their torsos in a Resort Conservation T-shirt ($21.99) to proclaim their support for ecological awareness and encourage fellow beach-goers not to toss their half-eaten burrito into the sea. Slip into a woman's Surf and Paddle cap-sleeve T-shirt, or hide hair beneath a twill cotton cap ($21.99). Shoppers can plaster a large red-snapper decal ($11.99) across a rearview window to inform tailgaters of their preferred type of sushi.
The three Palm Beach Golf Center locations combine almost enough square feet of retail space—more than 40,000—to rival an actual 18-hole course. Within that expansive area, patrons will find golf gear and apparel to furnish frequent trips to the links. As they've done since 1988, the store's knowledgeable salespeople roam the racks helping customers find the right gear for their game. Their wares range from Titleist putters that help roll the ball into the cup to FootJoy golf gloves that provide excellent grip while holding onto the roof of a golf cart for dear life. To ensure that customers walk away with the right equipment, each store also offers professional club fitting and repair.
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.
Inside Tan Lines of Jupiter's bright salon, cool blue walls, tropical plants, and paintings of the ocean set a beachy backdrop for sunless tanning in private rooms. Powerful tanning beds include a standup machine, which promotes an even bronzing without tan lines. Traditional beds mimic the relaxing indulgence of a nap on the beach, with comfortable surfaces, a warm glow, and optional in-room seagulls. Customizable airbrush tans eschew UV rays in favor of Norvell spray tanner—made with mineral-salt bronzers—which imparts a natural glow by matching product to skin tone. Armed with lotions from Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin, experienced staffers recommend the best beds based on skin type and desired final shade.