My sister and niece joined us for a few days and we decided to cruise down the ICW to Palm Beach. It was supposed to be a four hour trip. Between the numerous drawbridges, the many boaters on the water (it was Saturday) and the no-wake zones, it took us six hours! We should have gone outside instead of taking the Intracoastal. To make matters worse, we arrived after closing hours at the Palm Beach marina and the security guard told us we wouldn’t be able to dock! What!!
It was beginning to get dark now and of course ALL the marinas were “closed”. I called AJ and asked him what we should do. He instructed us to tie up at the Palm Harbor Marina which we did and their security checked us in without a problem. These are lessons we are learning…albeit the hard way. “Let said marina know you may arrive after hours and ask them what their protocol is…..”
The marina is very nice and situated in a great location near Flagler park and lots of restaurants all within walking distance. After securing the boat we had a wonderful Cuban dinner at a place called Havanas. Our Cuban Uber driver was determined we eat there (funny back story to this). Suffice it to say though everything worked out and we had a great meal.
The next day we rented bikes and rode over to Palm Beach. It was hot as Hades so we popped in to Greens Pharmacy ( very local and old school) and cooled off while we ate lunch. Afterwards, we rode over to the famous Breakers hotel then off to the beach via streets winding through areas of beautiful quaint houses. The water was refreshing and I found a nice seashell while standing at the waters edge.
Back at the QM we prepared our first meal on board with actual guests! We sat outside in the cockpit as the sun was setting surrounded by water and gorgeous yachts. After dinner we rode our bikes to the nearby park and ended the evening with ice cream from the cutest little shop, Sloan’s.
Outside the Breakers, Palm Beach
Heading to the beach!
Dinner in the cockpit with my sister Susan, niece Bailey and Jeff
Checking out the flavors at Sloans Ice Cream Shop
Everyone was out enjoying the beautiful day on the intracoastal waterway!