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While Martin and St. Lucie counties have a lot to treasure—like their blue ocean waters and preserved natural environment—the so-called “Treasure Coast” actually got in a rather interesting way.

In 1715, a Plate Fleet (plate referring to the Spanish word for "silver") was collecting new wealth from the American possessions of the Spanish Empire to transport it to Spain. Upon their route back, the fleet encountered a severe hurricane, causing 10 of its 11 ships to sink offshore near the St. Lucie Inlet, scattering their gold, silver, and jewels all over the seafloor. 

This particular fleet was especially rich, as it was the first sent to collect revenue from the New World in over a decade. From 1700 to 1714, most of Western Europe was at war over

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Palm Beach County has some of the best outdoor parks in the country. Wildlife, beaches and beautiful landscapes, Palm Beach County has it all. Here are a few of our favorite outdoor parks.

Riverbend Park

If you want to get a little history with your nature walk, Riverbend is the spot. It is adjacent to the Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park, site of two 1838 battles of the Second Seminole Indian War, and the Loxahatchee River, designated a National Wild and Scenic River, runs through it. There are 7 miles of equestrian trails and about 10 miles of walking trails. Fishing and picnicking areas, too.

Dyer Park

Located in Palm Beach Gardens between West Palm and Jupiter, Dyer is a 560-acre inland park is a good spot for running. There are

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Social distancing may not be fun or easy, but it’s a necessary step we are all taking in Palm Beach County. Here are some things you can do outdoors (and by yourself) in the Palm Beaches which can make the self-imposed isolation a bit more enjoyable.

Paddle Boarding

The Palm Beaches has 125 miles of tropical waterways, so treating him to a paddle board or a kayak is a sure-fire hit. There are many places to go kayaking or paddling, including the Jupiter Inlet, Lake Worth and sections of the Intracoastal Waterway. You can rent the needed gear at places like Jupiter Outdoor Center, Kayak Lake Worth, and Blueline Surf and Paddle Co.

Explore Nature

There’s a huge selection of 85 parks in the Palm Beaches, all of which are just a drive away,

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The Wakodahatchee Wetlands is a park located in Delray Beach, Florida. The park was created on 50 acres of unused utility land and transformed into a recreation wetland open to the public with a three-quarter mile boardwalk that crosses between open water pond areas, emergent marsh areas, shallow shelves, and islands with shrubs and snags to foster nesting and roosting. The boardwalk has interpretive signage as well as gazebos with benches along the way.

The Wakodahatchee Wetlands is part of the South section of the Great Florida Birding Trail and offers many opportunities to observe birds in their natural habitats.

Wakodahatchee has a three-quarter-mile boardwalk, and along the way, you will see birds that are so used to the passing people and

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Over the past few days many restaurants in Jupiter and the Palm Beaches have shut down their dine-in options. However, you can still order from several of them for either delivery or curbside pickup.

Here are a few local restaurants offering curbside pickup or delivery:

Shipwreck Bar and Grill

Shipwreck Bar and Grille is serves seafood dishes as well as burgers and steaks. Shipwreck is offering pickup deliveries and make meals to accommodate the whole family.

Phone: (561) 746-8882

Address: 1511 N Old Dixie Hwy, Jupiter

ROMEO-N-Juliette's Caffe

ROMEO-N-Juliette's Caffe serves Italian dishes and uses organic ingredients. This is a great pickup or delivery option if you feel like something healthy and delicious.

Phone: (561) 768-3967

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Palm Beach County has some of the best biking trails in all of South Florida. Here are a few of our favorite spots.

The Hill

The Hill in West Palm Beach is one of the few actual hills in South Florida where you can bike some steep inclines to test your endurance. The bike path is made out of crushed shell rock and is approximately 2.4 miles long and about 2 feet wide. Even though you will ride through native forests, most of the trail is exposed to the sun, so wear appropriate clothing and apply sunblock.

  • When: Everyday, sunrise to sunset.
  • Where: 7301 Haverhill Road West Palm Beach, Florida 33412
  • Cost: Free

Riverbend Park

Riverbend Park covers over 600 acres of natural, untouched South Florida land. The park has a couple of

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Kids and restaurants don’t always mix. There are some eateries, though, that are perfect for the whole family. Here are some of the best, kid-friendly restaurants in Jupiter.

Dune Dog

Dune Dog is a Jupiter favorite. With a very kid-friendly menu (ice cream is included with every kid meal), and an atmosphere that guarantees people won’t be bothered by your kids, it’s a great choice for Jupiter families.

Where: 775 FL A1AAlt, Jupiter, FL 33477

U-Tiki Beach

The view at U-Tiki is great, the atmosphere is very casual, and the kids can easily get up and walk around, if they want, without disturbing anyone.

Where: 1095 N Hwy A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477

Cheeseburgers and More

Cheeseburgers And More is a kids paradise. It has an arcade and a

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Delaware Scrub Natural Area is a 16-acre piece of land that was acquired by the Town of Jupiter and Palm Beach County in 2005. Jones Creek, a tributary of the Loxahatchee River, lies along the east side of the natural area. A unique feature of the Delaware Scrub Natural Area is the freshwater dome swamp composed of cypress trees, which is rare in today’s urban areas. The area includes a large boardwalk and is great for hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking.

Where: 47 N Delaware Blvd, Jupiter, FL 33458

Click here for more information.

South Florida Natural Area Programs

Over 31,000 acres of County-owned and/or managed lands protected to maintain the diversity of biological communities and species. Open from sunrise to sunset, 7 days/week

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If you live in the Palm Beaches, you are probably familiar with Subculture Coffee, but what you may not know is that the popular café is named after a management group that also owns some favorite South Florida clubs, bars and restaurants, all of which feature a cool and unique theme. Here are a few that you might enjoy.

Dada

Dada opened in Delray in the year 2000 in one of the oldest historic homes the Tarrimore house circa 1924 listed as a historic site in Delray Beach. The eclectic interior and revolving artwork compliment the creative cuisine, which is sustainably sourced. As the artist of the Movement we have strived to create an environment that is original, unique and forces us to step outside the box. Dada is non-conformist. It allows

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When you’re trying to entertain a teenager, a playground won’t cut it, you have to get creative. If you live in Palm Beach County, don’t worry! There are more than a few fun things to do with your teens in and around the Palm Beaches.

Silverball Arcade

Filled with pinball machines dating back to the 1930s, blinking lights, upbeat music, and the sweet ding-ding-ding of points being earned, the Silverball Arcade is an experience for multi-generations. A single-entry pass is all that’s required, for unlimited play. 1980’s video arcade games such as Nintendo and Atari are also available for play, while food is available on the second level offering nostalgic treats.

Pedego Electric Bike Tours

Touring The Palm Beaches by bike with Pedego

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