Described by virtually everyone the FAM group encountered as a safe and crime-free destination, The Palm Beaches isn’t without the occasional hazard.
“Watch out for falling coconuts!” Eva Damato, senior account executive, Leisure Sales at Discover The Palm Beaches, exclaimed laughing after a coconut dropped from a nearby palm tree.
On location in The Palm Beaches, Florida, the adventure continued this week as a group of Ontario-based travel agents explored a range of accommodations on site inspections filled with unique perks like enjoying Moët & Chandon champagne from a vending machine and a trolley ride to the beach.
Joining the FAM is Jamie Fox, senior account manager at Air Canada, who also worked hard to blend up some margaritas for the group by jumping on a Patron bike used to power the blender. Seasonal service on Air Canada Rouge from both YUL and YYZ to West Palm Beach begins Oct. 28 through April 2020.
The group, which includes Isobel Mickiewicz, New Wave Travel; Krista Shaver, Tripcentral.ca; Eve Wasilewski, Carlson Wagonlit; Lise Palermo, New Wave Travel; Svetlana Strohm, TravelEdge; and Paul Larcher of VoX International, the Canadian representative for Discover The Palm Beaches, also had the chance to discover some of the distinct municipalities in the county such as Boca Raton and Del Ray, which has a brand new beach promenade.
“What sets us apart is you can walk the town. You don’t need to rent a car,” said BJ Sklar, Visitor Centre Coordinator for Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority. “It’s small, it’s charming, it’s cultural.”
“We’re all all-inclusive city that has something for everyone,” added Laura Simon, executive director, Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority. “We’re a huge wedding and honeymoon destination. We have one of the No. 1 shopping districts in the county.”
For visitors looking for outdoor activities, Damato suggests Juno and Jupiter, great for paddle-boarding, kite surfing and taking in mangroves. Another fun option on the water is to cruise on the Pontiki, a tiki-style party boat rental.
Meanwhile West Palm Beach, particularly Clematis Avenue, is loaded with art, shops, restaurants and coffee shops to discover.
Hamilton-based travel agent Krista Shaver of Tripcentral.ca told PressToday The Palm Beaches is a great choice for clients looking for a pre or post cruise alternative option to Miami and Fort Lauderdale.