Florida’s best waterfront bar? It’s here in Palm Beach County

Guanabana's in Jupiter has earned another top honor. (Post file photo)
Guanabanas in Jupiter has earned another top honor.
(Post file photo)

It comes as no surprise to us locals but it’s still nice to be validated.

Guanabanas, Jupiter’s wildly-popular bar and restaurant tucked into a tropical rain forest, has been named Florida’s top waterfront bar by a website called Onlyinyourstate.com.

One of Guanabanas thatched roofs was built around existing trees. (Post file photo)

Citing Guanabanas lush landscaping, laid-back attitude, seafood-centric menu and live music, the website says the tiki-themed outdoor restaurant is “a taste of paradise.”

But we already knew that.

As our tourist season winds down, it’s also far easier to get a table this time of year.

Read:  More of our top picks for waterfront dining in Palm Beach County.

 

 

 

Which Florida hotel is among the “most stylish new hotels in the South?”

In addition to service and luxury, a great hotel offers an immediate sense of place.  Could The Breakers be anywhere other than in Palm Beach?

Garden & Gun magazine, that beautiful monthly chronicle of what’s new and cool in the The South has come out with a list of new Southern (and OK, Caribbean) hotels that are as stylish as they are dazzling reflections of their locations.

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Making the list is The Thompson, a new hotel on the once-again-fashionable northern end of Miami Beach. The retro beach chic look of the pet-friendly hotel is meant to remind us of the ’50’s, when the neighborhood was the the hang-out of the Rat Pack. There’s even a Carmen Miranda suite.  Michelle Bernstein, the former chef at the Omphoy (now Eau Palm Beach) helms the kitchen at the hotel’s Seagrape restaurant.

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Another hotel on the list has a Palm Beach connection, although it’s located a thousand or so miles south.  The Playa Grande Beach Club on the Dominican Republic’s north shore was designed by Celerie Kemble, who grew up in Palm Beach and whose mother, Mimi McMakin, is the founder of Kemble Interiors. Designed in a colonial style with gingerbread fretwork, copper soaking tubs and a soft pastel palette, the nine bungalows were created to look like they’d been around for decades, Kemble has said.

The list includes other new hotels in the Carolinas, Virginia and Savannah.

 

 

 

 

 

Which Florida beach was voted best in the country?

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Gather round a fire pit on the beach for s¹mores and sunset watching at Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach. (Contributed)

Honored for its ‘powdery sand and calm, shallow water’ Clearwater Beach was named the best beach in the country by TripAdvisor. This is the second year in a row the beach on Florida’s West Coast was chosen.

Clearwater Beach’s combination of beach scenes, water sports, restaurants and pedestrian-friendly areas made it a stand-out according to TripAdvisor.

Other Florida beaches to make the list include Siesta Beach in Siesta Key, St. Pete Beach and St. Augustine Beach.

For beautiful beaches in South Florida, check out our guide to the best beaches in Palm Beach County.

Palm Beach hotel among best in the world for Christmas

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Get in the Christmas spirit by heading to one of the world’s best spots for going “all-out” on holiday cheer — and it is close to home.

CNN compiled a list of the “9 hotels that go all-out for Christmas” with Palm Beach’s own, The Breakers, being listed among them.

According to the site, The Breakers “carries its lavish traditions right through the holiday season” with more than 160,000 lights all across the resort. The Breakers also contains a Christmas Day brunch, which is served in The Circle, for $140 for adults and $50 for children. The Christmas dinner takes place in the Ponce de Leon ballroom and is a buffet for $140 for adults and $60 for children 11 and under.

Want to book a room? It’s around $1,100 for each night. For a more in depth look at the resort, go to the Post’s comprehensive guide to the grounds. There are also several more Palm Beach County restaurants putting together exceptional Christmas Eve or Christmas Day menus.

The other top hotels that made CNN’s list for Christmas included: Hotel Sacher in Vienna, Austria; Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Ariz.; The Ritz in London; Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C.; the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris; The Plaza in New York City; the Waldorf Astoria in New York City; and The Roosevelt in New Orleans.