Palm Beach County beaches among the best in Florida without crowds

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If you’re looking for a day at the beach, but without all the crowds, two Palm Beach County destinations were listed as two of the best options in the state.

Thrillist compiled a list of the “Best beaches in Florida without crowds” with Palm Beach County’s Juno Beach and John D. MacArthur State Park coming in at numbers four and six. The top ten also included: Caladesi Island State Park, Blowing Rocks Preserve, Captiva Island, Amelia Island, Cayo Costa State Park, Playalinda, Ponte Vedra Beach, and Boca Grande.

Related: Check out our full guide to the best beaches in Palm Beach County

According to the list, Juno Beach was ranked highly for its excellent surfing and for being the county’s “most dog-friendly stretch of sand and most densely nested turtle-nesting beach in the world from May through October.” They also recommend visiting the Square Grouper Tiki Bar in Jupiter, which was listed as one of our favorite local beach bars for Spring Break.

John D. MacArthur State Park was favored for its array of animal life with manatees and the zebra longwing butterfly being seen around the territory. The report also remarks that the state park features a two-mile stretch of sand with very few swimmers.

West Palm Beach was already named as one of the best beaches in the state by U.S. News last year and our readers favored Lake Worth Municipal Beach in a recent poll.

Read more at Thrillist.

Oscars 2016: Why is Leonardo DiCaprio wearing an FAU cap?

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Leonardo DiCaprio wore an FAU lid to a game at the Staples Center in May 2009.

On Sunday night, Leonardo DiCaprio is heavily favored to win an Oscar for The Revenant.

Which reminds us of our favorite local bit of Leo lore — the FAU ballcap story. Here’s what Staci Sturrock wrote about it last year:

We were all atwitter Monday afternoon when Florida Atlantic University posted this photo of Leonardo DiCaprio sporting an FAU cap on the school’s Instagram account.

“Thanks for the love, Leo!!!” read the photo caption.

Alas, the photo is six years old. Our reporter Kimberly Miller blogged about it in February 2009.

Turns out, DiCaprio just liked baseball caps and initially wasn’t even sure what “FAU” stood for.

Oh well, file Leo’s hat tip to the Owls under “oldies but goodies.”

3 celebrities who were Florida beauty pageant contestants

Before they were famous, they were Floridians. And Florida beauty pageants were their first flush with fame.

Here they are….

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Recognize this smiling Miss Florida? It’s Delta Burke, who became famous as Suzanne Sugarbaker on TV’s Designing Women. The Orlando native was Miss Florida 1974 when she was a senior in high school. In this picture, from November 1974,  she was at The Breakers, in Palm Beach, to help present safety awards at a contractors convention.

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Recognize this smiling Miss Miami? It’s Victoria Principal, the actress who became famous as Pamela Ewing on TV’s Dallas. She graduated from high school in Miami in 1968, was Miss Miami in 1969 and soon after left Florida to seek fame as an actress.

4/20/93 - PSL high school Moses Hill gets an autograph from Miss America 93 Leanza Cornett who was at the school speaking about AIDS awarness and prevention. Hill is one of the 'Leadership'. a group of 50 PSL students that co-ordinated the visit. (Barry C. Allen/The Palm Beach Post)

Recognize this smiling Miss America? It’s Leanza Cornett, Miss America 1993, appearing that year at a Port St. Lucie high school to promote AIDS awareness and prevention. She was raised in Jacksonville, became Miss Florida in 1992 and won the national Miss America pageant the following year. She has been a TV show host, and a stage and screen actress.

More celebrity fun from The Palm Beach Post:

Celebs who hang out at Havana restaurant in West Palm Beach.

10 celebrities you didn’t know were born in Florida.

Which Florida beach bars are among the best in the U.S.?

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The Lorelei. Photo by Lannis Waters.

Nothing sounds as peaceful as sitting on the beach and sipping on a tasty drink, and according to a new list, some of the best places to do that are in Florida.

Thrillist listed the best beach bars in America with The Lorelei in Islamorada, Coconuts on the Beach in Cocoa Beach, and Flora-Bama Lounge & Package in Pensacola making the cut. Other beach bars were from Hawaii, California, Alaska, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Oregon, and Alabama.

According to the ranking, The Lorelei is quintessential Florida Keys thanks to its atmosphere of “listening to acoustic guitar under a Tiki hut as the sun sets over the marsh islands.” The site also says that this bar, which sits halfway between the Keys and Miami, features one of the best breakfasts in the area and allows you to “lose track of time” easily.

RELATED: 7 best dive bars in the Florida Keys

Coconuts on the Beach was lauded for its college party atmosphere that is “more reminiscent of a stadium parking lot than a stretch of sand, rows of tents, house grills, (and) beer pong/flip-cup tables.” The Flora-Bama Lounge & Package is the winner of “Best Beach Bar to Drink in Two States at Once” and is a favorite due to its novelty and being “one of the coolest beach bar experiences in America.”

For nice waterfront dining options in Palm Beach County, check out the Post’s guide here.

Read more at Thrillist.

Wahlburgers (with special guest Mark Wahlberg) to open in Orlando

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Get ready for the Wahlberg brothers to take over Orlando.

The three brothers will be bringing their burger joint, Wahlburgers, to Orlando with a new location opening on Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. on Orange Ave, according to Orlando Weekly. The grand opening will also include an appearance by all three brothers — including “Ted 2” and “Daddy’s Home” star Mark Wahlberg.

“We’re excited about the opening, we’ve got Mark and Paul confirmed to come into town, but we have a few more last details to lock up before we announce an opening date,” Kimberly Simeone Tessitore, spokeswoman for Wahlburgers, told the Orlando Business Journal.

The Orlando Business Journal reported that this store is the first of 20 planned Wahlburgers locations in Florida with the expansion expected to include between 100 and 150 new stores in the next five years across the country.

The restaurant is also the subject of an A&E TV series, which will premiere its fourth season on July 15. It is unclear at this time whether the new Orlando location will be featured in any episodes.

Local Curbside Gourmet food truck featured in USA Today

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Curbside Gourmet food truck. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Food trucks can be found all over Palm Beach County, but USA Today says one may be better than the rest.

In a list of the “15 food trucks spinning comfort classics” over at USA Today, Palm Beach’s own Curbside Gourmet was one of the featured eateries. Other ones around the nation are Ms. Cheezious in Miami, Empanadas Aqui in Cincinnati, Taco Mondo in Philadelphia, The Burger Bus in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Rolling J’s in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The site didn’t say too much about the Palm Beach food truck other than that it “bridges the gap between fine dining and fast food” with the crab cake slider with lemon tarragon aioli as one of the featured meals.

The Curbside Gourmet rolled into Palm Beach County in 2011 and became the first gastro mobile in the county that same year. The food truck’s chefs received awards for their Skirt Steak Two Ways from “Top Chef’s” Fabio Viviani in 2012 at the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival.

For more information on the Curbside Gourmet, and other food trucks, check out the Post’s handy food truck guide.

Rocco’s Tacos celebrating eight years with Clematis block party

Customers enjoy the outdoor street seating at Rocco's Tacos in downtown West Palm Beach on April 18, 2015.
Customers enjoy the outdoor street seating at Rocco’s Tacos in downtown West Palm Beach on April 18, 2015.

Grab a taco and a margarita, it is time to celebrate eight years of Rocco’s Tacos.

The Clematis staple is set to celebrate its eighth anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 19 with a party along the 200 block of Clematis Street. The restaurant, which recently opened new locations in Brooklyn and Delray Beach, will have the party will start at 5 p.m. and go until 2 a.m. with live music and drink specials.

Related: Our interactive Clematis Street Dining Guide with dining reviews

“We want to thank West Palm for eight amazing years. We couldn’t have picked a better place to start our successful chain of restaurants,” owner Rocco Mangel said.

Rocco’s Tacos features a signature menu that includes: Jalapeno Rellenos, stuffed fried jalapenos poppers, with cotija, lime crema, avocado ranch; Molcajete Seafood, wild Gulf of Mexico shrimp, scallops, mahi & poblano chiles baked in a molcajete with calabaza squash, charred tomatoes, onions, cilantro; Enchiladas Mole Poblando, pulled chicken breast, mole poblano sauce; and Bistec con Chiles Rajas, grilled adobo skirt steak, grilled green onions, three pepper rajas, red rice, black beans.

For more information, visit the restaurant’s website.

5 ways to get cheap, discount tickets to the Honda Classic

Praying for cheap tickets to this week’s Honda Classic?

Here’s how to get in for (a little) less:

Rory McIllroy misses a put during the 2014 Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens. (Post photo/Bill Ingram)
Rory McIlroy reacts to a missed putt during the 2014 Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens. (Post photo/Bill Ingram)

1. Buy online and use your MasterCard:  Grounds tickets for Thursday through Sunday are $50.  Buy online here to save the $10 add-on at the gate. Charging it to your MasterCard saves another 10 percent.

2.  Get a small-group package here.

A Party Pack for two includes two passes for any day plus a parking pass and two drink coupons for $89. Saves $22.

Pick up a Family Fore-pack that includes two adult tickets and two kids one-day passes, plus parking pass and four lunch coupons for $109.  Saves $28.

Buy a Party Fore-pack that includes four one-day tickets, and four drink coupons for $139.  Saves $105.

Daily tickets to various grandstand viewing areas and hospitality tents, including the Gosling’s Dark ‘N Stormy Bear Trap, Cobra Puma Golf Village, Waterford Club @17 and Champions Club range from $325-$400.

Parking passes are $10 to $20 a daygeneral parking is free if you’re driving a Honda or Acura.

Other ways to save?

A World War II vet watches the action from the Patriots Outpost during last year's Honda Classic.
A World War II vet watches the action from the Patriots’ Outpost during last year’s Honda Classic.

3. Be active duty military or a veteran. 

With ID, active duty military are admitted free with their dependents to the Patriots’ Outpost hospitality tent where complimentary lunch and snacks are provided each day.

Veterans get one complimentary ticket per day.

All current and former military can also purchase up to two daily tickets for $20 each.

Register here for complimentary military tickets. Military ID required for entrance.

 

Kids and adults vie for Tiger Woods' autograph during last year's Honda Classic. Children 15 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. (Post photo/Rich Graulich)
Kids 15 and under are admitted free to the Honda Classic, with a paid adult.
(Post photo/Rich Graulich)

4.  Be a child 15 or under, who get in free with a paid adult.

 

The Honda Classic at PGA National runs February 22 through Sunday, February 28.

Check out our PGA dining guide on where to eat during the Honda Classic.

And since golf is thirsty business, here are tips on where to drink.

And don’t forget to check out our Honda Classic photo gallery. We’ll be adding to it each day of the tournament.