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This March, Deb, Laura, Sarah and I traveled down to my family’s house in Gulf Stream, FL for our Spring/Summer catalog photo shoot. Our tiny town is less than one square mile long and has about 716 residents – it was the perfect place to escape the city!
Even though Gulf Stream a small blip on the radar, it is nestled between Palm Beach and Delray Beach…two hot spots on the Florida map.
Since we love it so much, we thought we would share a little insider’s guide to this slice of heaven.
What to do?
The beach is obviously the #1 destination and we were sure to catch some rays. Peak season is technically November through April, but March and April are really the best beach months. The best public beach is in Gulf Stream, but there are also great beaches nearby in Delray Beach and Ocean Ridge.
Other fun activities? Tennis, golf, bike riding, and surfing are some of the fun outdoor activities available in Gulf Stream. Since you are on the Atlantic ocean, there are good waves but BEWARE the onlookers! It’s easy to fall and it looks like I got quite the reaction to my ungraceful swan dive into the ocean. Thanks a lot, guys!
Nearby, it’s fun to see some pieces of “Old Florida.” Next to Gulf Stream, you will find another small town, Briny Breezes. It is a trailer park that got its start in the 1920s when a strawberry farmer opened up his land to let people stay in airstreams by the sea. At that time, it was $3 a week to rent. Since then it has expanded, but still looks very much like this postcard. Fun fact – the Briny Breezes residents were each offered $1 million dollars by a developer in 2005 to sell their trailer plots, but they all turned it down because they love life at Briny Breezes!
Where to shop?
When in Gulf Stream, Nomad Surf Shop is the place to go. We caught a picture of this amazing vintage car while we were there and it perfectly matched our Poolside stripe pattern. This store has a mix of true surf gear and some great clothing. There is also great shopping in nearby Delray, including a little shop called Snappy Turtle which carries SCOUT!
Where to eat?
The Seaside Deli is the best, old-school place for delicious sandwiches and quick groceries. There are over 100 sandwich options: My favorite is the Tuna Salad Club.
We were also in the mood for a night out so we ventured down to Delray which is full of great restaurants. Most places are located on the main drag, Atlantic Avenue. We had dinner at El Camino, the best Mexican place in town. I recommend their Gringo taco and a margarita – you can’t go wrong with this combination!
Where to stay?
Last but not least, if you aren’t staying at my abode (which of course all are welcome!) there are a couple great spots to stay in nearby Delray. My top recommendation is The Seagate Hotel. It opened in 2010 and has a great location right on the main street. There’s also a great beach club nearby for catching all the sun you need before heading back home.
If you make the trip, you won’t regret it. We certainly enjoyed ourselves…and of course, it was a lot of hard work! You can see here that we barely got any rest. Until next time!