If you’re looking for the ultimate South Florida destination for tropical living and personal wellness, Boynton Beach is calling you.
October in The Palm Beaches is not like any other. As the beach weather lingers into the fall, we celebrate Spa and Wellness Month, which brings special deals and a renewed focus on mental, physical and spiritual well-being. All of these things come together in Boynton Beach, where you can take to the outdoors for a number of activities designed to make you feel great and get fit.
Here, local blogger Mandy Mizell guides you to Boynton Beach’s best spots for fun (and fitness) in the sun.
With undisturbed coastline and million-dollar views of glimmering waves and prime Palm Beach County real estate, Oceanfront Park is a swell spot to log miles on a beach run. The park opens at sunrise, which is the perfect time for fitness since you will have the shore to yourself before sunbathers arrive with the afternoon sun.
After you park your car, warm up and stretch on the boardwalk overlooking the turquoise ocean. With pristine sand that’s free of rocks and shell beds, you can even kick off your sneakers and sprint like you’re a kid again. Refuel with breakfast, smoothies or healthy snacks at Turtle Café, located inside the park. For the remainder of your day, rest up under a cabana for two (rentals are available from Oceanside Beach Service for $50/day).
Located at 6415 N. Ocean Boulevard, Ocean Ridge. Park open sunrise-9 p.m. Parking $10/day.
Hop aboard the “Bucket List,” the appropriately named boat that lets you touch the sky with Boynton Beach Parasailing. Captain David has put guests up in the air around the world, including in Hawaii, St. Thomas and the Florida Keys. Today he brings his 16 years of parasailing experience to The Palm Beaches to give guests an aerial view of Boynton Inlet, suspended by an 800-foot line. From families to adventurous seniors, this activity is fit for all visitors, starting at age 5. Don’t care to get wet? No worries! Tell the captain your water preferences and he can either take you for a dip or prepare you for a dry landing on the deck.
Located at Boynton Harbor Marina, 735 Casa Loma Blvd., Slip 16, Boynton Beach, FL 33435; 561-359-8359. $89 per rider/$30 to observe.
Sol Oasis Healing Arts Studio and Spa will accommodate both your mind and body so you can find balance in paradise. There are a variety of courses, including vinyasa yoga, guided meditation, Pilates and yoga basics for beginners. Or meet the yogis from Sol Oasis at Mangrove Nature Park for Saturday Community Yoga, where you’ll enjoy a gentle flow through asanas among native turtles and seabirds beneath the shade of the pavilion. After class, stroll along the boardwalk through the park to a mangrove habitat on the Intracoastal Waterway, which is a sanctuary for snook, manatees and seabirds.
Located at 408 E Ocean Ave, Boynton Beach, FL 33435; 561-306-5177. Call for studio pricing; community yoga at the park is a $10 donation.
If you want to see marine life without getting submerged, Paddle Away Sports has the solution for you. “Zayaking” is a combination of kayaking and snorkeling, also known as “dry snorkeling.” Get geared up with flippers and hop aboard your sea sled to get an underwater view without getting your hair wet. Similar to how you would lie on a massage table, you’ll rest your head comfortably on the neoprene facemask and peer through the viewing window to see the local fish, crabs and sea stars. This zayak adventure guides guests to kick around Beer Can Island, an Audubon bird sanctuary surrounded by crystal-blue waters. You may get so distracted chasing a school of fish that you forget you’re getting a workout! Located at 2010 N. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, FL 33435; (561) 541-6784. Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Call for pricing and special offers.
If you’re feeling sore from fitness and fun, restore your body at Feel Well Day Spa. They offer both sports massage and private stretching to help you recover and rebound for more beach activities. Take advantage of three “Feel Good” packages for Spa & Wellness Month, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. If you’re looking for extra help achieving your beach body, indulge in the Signature Body Wrap and Massage Package, which incorporates products that detoxify the body, combat cellulite and rehydrate the skin after sun exposure. And if you’re on vacation with your sweetheart, enjoy the Pamper Me Couples Massage Package, complete with two complimentary mimosas.
Located at 3471 W. Woolbright Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33436; 561-777-7556. Spa & Wellness Month packages start at $85.
To feel the heartbeat of Boynton Beach, make your way to the Boynton Harbor Marina. This municipal marina is home to watercraft rentals, scuba and fishing charters, and two popular restaurants. Rent a jet ski or boat for the day right off the docks, and stop at the Ship Store to stock up on bait, ice and snacks before heading out to sea. At Banana Boat or Two Georges Waterfront Restaurant, you can dine right on top of the water, with “Floribbean” fare and live music on weekends. As the day winds down, lounge in the community Adirondack chairs and watch the pelicans line up for a free meal from returning fishing boats as you enjoy the evening breeze.
Located at 735 Casa Loma Blvd., Boynton Beach, FL 33435. Parking is $5-10 in the garage; valet is provided by the restaurants.