Whether you’re hitting the road this holiday weekend or making the most of enjoying your Florida home during the last few weeks of summer, we’re all about a laid-back Labor Day. It’s the time of the season to celebrate life’s simple pleasures—splurging on small-batch ice cream, trying the new restaurant everyone’s talking about and working on wellness instead of work. Here’s a guide for places and activities to have fun and relax during the long weekend.
The Jupiter Grill
Already home to The Woods by Tiger Woods, Harbourside Place introduced a brand-new “coastal” steakhouse. A longtime chef at BLT Steak helms The Jupiter Grill’s kitchen for a menu centered on raw bar beginnings and chops from the Butcher Block section. Complement filets, rib-eyes and wagyu and tuna tomahawks with an assortment of add-ons from an espresso rub to red chimichurri.
Jupiter’s bike trails, Loxahatchee River, Jonathan Dickinson State Park and Riverbend Park appeal to nature lovers who also have access to upscale restaurants and shops. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
North Palm Beach | Tequesta
Nature + Fitness
What’s better than getting out on the water atop a paddle board or kayak than combining it with a garden tour? Sunrise Paddleboards organizes several tours and equipment packages, including two-hour SUP and kayak rentals with complimentary entrance to the world-famous historic Bonnet House’s tropical-landscaped grounds (home and museum access is extra). The operators also offer full moon paddles to e-bike tours.
Fort Lauderdale, the Venice of America, is a boater’s and beachgoer’s paradise. But it’s also home to a burgeoning art scene that spills over into art-centric neighborhoods and annual events. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Las Olas Isles | Victoria Park
With its boutique hotel décor and female-friendly vibe, Cove Brewery isn’t your typical bro hangout. And as an extra bonus, it happens to be Deerfield Beach’s first brewery. Beer names are cute, too, like Paddle Out Pils, Heatwave (citrus wheat ale) and Tide N’ Seek, a bold IPA inspired by the local pastime of scouring for bait fish to hook a goliath grouper.
Once just a stop along the Florida East Coast Railroad between Palm Beach and Miami, Deerfield Beach in Broward County’s northeast corner then flourished as agricultural and tourist destinations for its famous beaches and nearly 1,000-foot-long Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Pompano Beach | Boca Raton
Salt & Straw
The Miami Beach community has patiently awaited Pacific Northwest import Salt & Straw’s inaugural ice cream shop on the island. Be among its first customers during a Style Saves fundraiser with cocktails and a custom ice cream sandwich (August 30, 4-6 p.m.) For its official launch, the shop offers two-for-one scoops for you and a friend (website coupon required, September 1-17).
The dynamic city of Miami Beach is constantly evolving with the influx of new residents, visitors, businesses and brands from all over the world. There’s always something new and exciting to try, whether a starchitect-designed space, museum exhibit or hot restaurant. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Though many great sandwiches can be found throughout Florida’s East coast, none is as synonymous with the Sunshine State at the Cubano. Two spots that top our list are historic Cocoa Village’s Café de Havana inside a German-themed biergarten of all places (just look for the ventanita); and Sanguich de Miami, a queue-forming staple of Little Havana that recently expanded to Little Haiti.
cafe-de-havana | sanguich.com
Named for the Kennedy Space Center, site of NASA’s SpaceX rocket launches, the Space Coast occupies much of Brevard County. It attracts surfers, cruise passengers (Port Canaveral) and nature lovers looking for pristine white beaches where sea turtles nest. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following links.
Melbourne Beach | Merritt Island
Known as the gateway to Latin America, the dynamic city of Miami is constantly evolving with the influx of new residents, visitors, businesses and brands from all over the world. There’s always something new and exciting to try, whether a starchitect-designed space, museum exhibit or hot restaurant. Fancy living here? Discover more local details and property listings with the following link.
Upper East Side
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
For a staycation, The Ritz-Carlton Naples just reopened after an extensive expansion and renovation. The nearly 40-year-old property now boasts the brand’s largest club lounge in North America within its newly constructed Vanderbilt Tower. The legendary Gumbo Limbo with gulf views—among restaurants including the new Mediterranean Sofra—reopens September 1. More upgrades range from an adults-only pool to guest rooms’ soaking tubs.
The Ritz Carlton Naples