October is Spa & Wellness Month in The Palm Beaches, which means exclusive offers on spa treatments, group fitness classes, healthy eats and more. It also means we’ve got our minds on staying fit and feeling well—in all its many forms.
To help you decide what to do in October and beyond, team members at Discover The Palm Beaches have spilled their favorite wellness spots and secrets;
take these locals’ advice and feel great during your next visit to South Florida!
Diving & Snorkeling
A combination of exploration and relaxation, scuba diving is a great way for all ages and experience levels to take in a different kind of tropical landscape. Beginners will enjoy testing out their snorkeling and fish identification skills at Phil Foster Park along the snorkel trail. Known worldwide for its diversity of marine life, the trail is easily accessible from a lifeguarded beach, with gear rentals available from the various dive shops and outdoor centers nearby. Swim between a variety of artificial structures where angelfish, coral crab and baby lobster take sanctuary.
Or, exercise your sea legs with a dive charter from one of the many dive shops in the area. Most operations frequent a mix of their favorite artificial reefs, wrecks and the natural coral reef within a 15-minute boat ride. Most charters typically lead guided drift dives with the help of a divemaster skilled in spotting sea creatures in every passing cranny. Expect a dive plan averaging a 70-foot depth, with lots of large green- and loggerhead turtles, spiny lobster, parrotfish, angelfish and schooling fish. Enriched air is definitely encouraged to increase your bottom time.
Running & Walking
If you are into running or jogging, or just want to get a scenic walk in to start the day, there’s no better place than The Palm Beaches. Watching the sun come up by the Juno Pier as your run takes you along Ocean Drive in Jupiter is truly breathtaking. On Saturday mornings, this run has three water stops set up all the way to the Jupiter Inlet.
Another great place to run is along Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach; this route can take you along the Intracoastal, or even over the bridge onto the island of Palm Beach along the famous Lake Trail.
Meditating on Your Visit
Meditation is about enjoying the present moment, and when traveling it’s great to get out and find a spot to just sit and absorb the new-to-you environment. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a daily practitioner, sitting and seeing someplace new really helps instill the whole experience in your mind.
When in The Palm Beaches, it’s easy to think waterfront for a great place to let your mind empty and relax. In Lantana, there are two great spots: first up is the pier off Lyman Kayak Park, a hidden gem with surprisingly little traffic to interrupt your sitting. It’s close to I-95 and offers great views and sounds of the Intracoastal Waterway. From there, you can cross the bridge and check out the Lantana Nature Preserve or Lantana Municipal Beach. There’s a little more traffic here, but you can immerse yourself in the sounds of the ocean. Taking it all in can easily put you in the right frame of mind to let go of your worries and just let time pass.
Being at peace with the stillness of nature is another great option. Grassy Waters Preserve is an amazing place. Just taking a short walk through the Apoxee Nature Trail there, you are transported from an urban environment to remote wetlands. Grassy Waters is home to a variety of native birds and animals, including alligators, and sitting and enjoying the wildlife around you will put you back in sync with the natural world, appreciating the environment and putting your impact on the world in perspective. After sitting for 30 minutes, the walk back will be a whole new experience (walking can be meditation, too!).
If you’re the type that can sit anywhere, the heart of West Palm Beach is a great place to find tranquility in the middle of a busy city. The fountains at Flagler Park on the east end of Clematis Street by the West Palm Beach Waterfront are a vibrant blend of city life and natural beauty, combining the water elements you would expect in The Palm Beaches with the vibrant sounds of life all around you. Here you can find a bench, take in the people and just enjoy life.
Next time you’re here, try taking in all the sights and sounds of one of these places. And when you get home, you will find vivid, delightful memories of your trip.
Source: The Palm Beaches Blog