Best 2017

Cheers to these people, places and things that make South Florida so special.

Welcome to Florida Weekly’s Best special section The is Florida Weekly’s take on some of the best, of course, but also some of the wackiest, most wondrous, obscure, ridiculous and even scandalous people and things that make South Florida More...

BEST BOOK TO PROVE WE HAVE CHARACTER

“Legendary Locals of West Palm Beach”

Janet M. DeVries and Ginger L. Pedersen offer up a time capsule, capturing the stories of people who made history of one sort or another in the city that was born to serve the rich and famous. More...

BEST CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE TO BEHAVE HONORABLY

Brian Mast

When Congress recently recessed and lawmakers returned to their districts to face their constituents, it wasn’t pretty. Hundreds, and sometime thousands of angry voters confronted their elected representatives. More...

BEST LOCAL REPORTING

Andrew Marra’s coverage of Palm Beach County schools for The Palm Beach Post.

George Orwell said it best: “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. More...

BEST REASON TO GIVE TO CHARITY

Impact The Palm Beaches

Its guiding principle is “One Woman, One Meeting, One Vote,” and its mission is to award $100,000 grants to charities with an action plan. The organization’s first grant funded a mobile trailer that offers showers to the homeless. More...

BEST SHOW-STEALING GOLFER

Rickie Fowler

We loved seeing Team USA prevail in the Ryder Cup, but the team photo, in which golfers brought in their significant others for celebratory smooch, left us with a renewed affection for Honda Classic winner Rickie Fowler. More...

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE

Serena Williams

Game. Set. Match. She has dominated women’s tennis for 20 years and shows no signs of letting up. Ms. More...

BEST VACATION TIMING

Volkswagen exec’s trip to South Florida

Oliver Schmidt is a German executive, but he knows the USA quite well. He was in charge of Volkswagen of America’s engineering and compliance during the time when the company’s diesel cars were cheating their EPA pollution tests. Mr. More...

BEST PLACE TO BE SEEN

The Society Pages in Florida Weekly, of course!

If you’re a V.I.P. in Palm Beach County society, our photo coverage of local charity galas and area festivals have no doubt featured you. And if you’re only a face in the crowd, we treat you like a V.I.P.   More...

BEST CROWD MAGNET

A Trump protest march

Any Trump protest march will do. He is the man people love to hate these days. Protesters are typically equipped with straw hats and sunscreen, lest they turn the same much-lampooned hue of the famed Orange Prez.   More...

BEST PLACE FOR MODERN DANCE AN LIVE MUSIC

Duncan Theatre

Once again, the Duncan Theatre amazed us with a dizzying array of performances that showcased the finest in cutting-edge dance, chamber ensembles, and vintage popular and rock music concerts during its just completed 30th anniversary season.  More...

BEST PLACE FOR KARAOKE

Any place Jacqie Jackson appears.

“Basically, I’m Ward Cleaver in a dress,” she says. “I’m a heterosexual male cross-dresser.” At home, he’s Bill Jackson, a retired schoolteacher. More...

BEST LOCAL FILM

“The Palm Beach Story”

None of it was filmed in Palm Beach, of course, but Preston Sturges’ 1942 screwball comedy has everything you’d expect from Palm Beach: Multiple marriages, multiple divorces, misidentified identical twins, lost luggage, a preposterous inv More...

BEST PLACE FOR A KISS

On the lips.   More...

BEST PLACE FOR A FIRST KISS

The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

The Jupiter Lighthouse sizzles with romance and has ever since Harry DuBois proposed to Susan Sanders at the top of the stairs in the late 1890s. More...

BEST EYEGLASSES

Sherry Frankel’s Melangerie

Sherry Frankel’s Melangerie in the Via Amore on Worth Avenue is an emporium filled with fun gifts for people with pets, ladies who lunch, hostesses and others. Mrs. More...

BEST PLACE TO HOOK A BIG ONE

Juno Beach Pier

They say a bad day of fishing beats any good day at work. We concur. Even a bad day on this wide concrete pier, 990 feet out, and deep enough to reel in some big ones, still makes for a great morning or late afternoon. Not a fisherperson? More...

BEST REASON TO CELEBRATE

The Brewhouse Gallery, 3rd Anniversary Block Party

Each year at its anniversary the gallery returns to its roots putting on a festival for locals by locals. More...

BEST SEASIDE RESORT TO FIND OLD FLORIDA

Wright by the Sea in Delray Beach

Forget the big hotels and book a room at Wright by the Sea in Delray Beach for a real sense of Old Florida style. More...

BEST BIRD-WATCHING SITE

Wakodahatchee Wetlands

The Delray Beach bird sanctuary in the middle of a residential area on the Water Utilities property is a hotbed of feather-and-beak activity. More...

BEST HANGOUT FOR LITTLE KIDS

Burns Road Playground

Every nanny and granny knows the playground at the Burns Road Recreation Center is the hot tot hub. More...

BEST PAVEMENT PERMUTATION

Street Painting Festival

Lake and Lucerne avenues in Lake Worth turn into artistic asphalt when hundreds of chalk-wielding creatives descend on the downtown district to draw everything from colorful landscapes and dramatic portraits to modern scenes and three-dimensional vig More...

BEST PLACE TO BIKE SLOW AND EASY

The Bluegill Trail

Opened in 2016, the 9-mile Bluegill Trail runs all the way from Grassy Waters Preserve in West Palm Beach to Riverbend Park in Jupiter. More...

BEST USE OF A TURNTABLE

Elliott Museum

Everything from vinyl records to chickens are best done on a rotisserie, but the Elliott Museum in Stuart uses a special one to display classic cars on demand. More...

BEST LOCAL PHOTO BOOK

“The Cottages of Lake Worth – Living Large in Small Spaces”

This book shows off the historic homes throughout Lake Worth that might be called Tiny Houses today. There are more than 1000 of the little houses in the city, many restored. More...

BEST VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION

The Big Heart Brigade

Along about Thanksgiving, an army of more than 2,500 volunteers descends on the Palm Beach Gardens fire station to organize the biggest charity dinner in the county. More...

BEST UNOFFICIAL MAYOR

Aaron Wormus, West Palm Beach

You can find him walking along the streets of downtown, daily, getting to work, but it’s easier to read him at @aGuyonClematis on Twitter, or check out his Facebook page under his name. More...

BEST LOCAL POLITICIAN

Lantana Mayor David Stewart

He looks like Ernest Hemingway, dresses like Jimmy Buffett, and has a Santa Claus twinkle in his eye. But make no mistake about it, Lantana Mayor David Stewart knows his stuff. More...

BEST FISHING GUIDE

Capt. Willie Howard

When he’s not out in the Gulf Stream, fishing for mahi-mahi, bluefish and Spanish mackerel from his 25-foot Pursuit C-250, Capt. Willie is writing about it. More...

BEST-DRESSED MUNICIPAL ATTORNEY

R. Max Lohman

Attorneys have to be sticklers for detail and with R. Max Lohman, who represents Lantana, Palm Beach Gardens and Delray Beach, there can be no doubt. Just look at the way this former Navy pilot dresses. More...

BEST LOCAL INNOVATION

Saltwater Brewery’s dissolving six-pack rings

First they made the beer, then they made the edible six-pack rings from the spent wheat and barley remaining after they made the beer. More...

BEST COMPANY TO WORK FOR

Florida Power & Light

As a 10-year employee says, “our corporate culture, which is epitomized in our values, makes this the best place to work. We are committed to excellence. We treat people with respect. More...

BEST USE OF AN OLD SCHOOL BUS

The wall of buses at PBIA

We already know it’s nearly impossible to drive around a big yellow school bus. But now the Secret Service is betting you can’t drive through one either. More...

WORST PLACE TO BE SEEN

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Booking Blotter.

It’s the guiltiest pleasure in town — as long you’re not in it. More...

BEST PLACE TO MEET YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR

The Esther B. O’Keeffe Speaker Series, The Society of the Four Arts.

When former First Lady Barbara Bush spoke, the crowed overflowed the 700-seat auditorium and into the art gallery across the hall. At $35, tickets aren’t cheap, but the authors who have graced the stage Tuesdays at 3 p.m. More...

BEST ENTERTAINMENT AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE

Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches

For 56 years, the Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches has been performing concerts and giving back to the youth of our communities. Concerts include a wide repertoire of music from classical and jazz to marches and Broadway hits. More...

BEST CELEBRITY AUTHOR

Scott Eyman

Ever since 1990, when he published “Mary Pickford: America’s Sweetheart,” Scott Eyman has been West Palm Beach’s own Hollywood historian. A former books editor of The Palm Beach Post, Mr. More...

BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN VISITORS

Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Little kids, big kids, grandmas and granddads from all over the world come to the to see how injured sea turtles are being treated. Crowds turn out to see the healed turtles be released. More...

BEST PLACE FOR STAY-CATION

PGA National Resort & Spa

Palm Beach’s best kept secret summer getaway... More...

BEST EXCUSE TO STAND IN LINE

Those free samples at Costco.

Heaven help any inattentive shopper who gets between that retiree on a scooter and the fresh batch of blue crab dip on a cracker! More...

CHEAPEST PLACE TO BE A SPENDTHRIFT

Jupiter Medical Center Thrift Shop

If you are in the market for a business outfit, or a designer gown, or sport togs for your outdoor pursuits, there are few places you can have a better time with a few bucks than the Jupiter Medical Center Thrift Shop.  More...

BEST PLACE TO BREW INTELLIGENT CONVERSATION

Socrates Café at the Highland Beach Library.

All voices are welcome, but political discussions are discouraged. (Too hot to handle?) The group votes on topics, such as prejudice, for which everyone has an opinion.   More...

BEST WAY TO SEE A BEACH SUNRISE FROM YOUR BED

Earl Stewart’s “Sunrise Club”

Join the “Sunrise Club” by going to Facebook, and calling up Earl Stewart’s page. More...

BEST SPOT TO HANG

The Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa’s hammock garden

The adults-only hammock garden on the beach is our favorite hotel place to give peace a chance. Breathe in the sea breeze. Breathe out the stress you arrived with. Know that here you have it made in the shade.  Jupiter Beach Resort, 5 N. More...

BEST PLACE TO GET YOUR ROW ON

Loxahatchee Scenic River

You can’t beat the Loxahatchee River for a glimpse of Old Florida, or the stories that surround it. The fast river was the first National Wild and Scenic River named in Florida. More...

BEST BIZARRE BASEBALL EXPERIENCE

Star Wars Night

Roger Dean Stadium becomes a galaxy far, far away every April when members of various costume clubs storm the field in body armor and headgear, looking like they just came off the set of the episodic movie. More...

BEST GRASSROOTS-ISH EVENT

swede fest

Palm Beach County has made the cult-like film event its own after stealing the idea from the freaks in Fresno, Calif., who started it. The fest involves three-minute remakes of scenes from Hollywood blockbusters on laughably low budgets. More...

BEST HANGOUT FOR TEENS

Jupiter Skate Park

Keeping them off the streets, area skate parks are where it’s at for riders of the new wheeled craze: scooters. More...

BEST KID-FRIENDLY EVENT

Touch-a-Truck

The half-day Touch-a-Truck events, put on individually by the cities of North Palm Beach and Jupiter, are singularly the most popular free event to happen to the 8-and-under set. More...

BEST HIDDEN GARDEN

Cluett Memorial Garden, Bethesda-by-the-Sea

Churches are always peaceful stops, but the garden at this Palm Beach landmark church is special. Gazing ponds, a large lawn with plants and trees labeled for visitors, sunny benches, and a gazebo make it a delight to visit. More...