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Glamping is where nature meets luxury. If you’ve never heard the term before glamping, it simply means “glamourous camping.”

Glamping—or, for that matter, just good ole’ fashioned camping—is something you can safely do while practicing social distancing.

The people like to travel has changed. We no longer want a generic, one-size-fits-all vacation. All-inclusive resorts are out, authentic real-life experiences are in. Here are a few great places to go glamping in the Palm Beaches.

Headwaters

In our own backyard is the Headwaters Eco Retreat. Using old shipping containers on the banks of the Loxahatchee River, in Jupiter they have built a unique glamping destination. The main lodge at the Headwaters Eco Retreat is comprised of three

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If you are looking socially isolated, peaceful place to hike, try the Pine Glades Natural Area.

The Pine Glades Natural Area has 6,651 acres of restored wetlands open residents of Palm Beach County. Located just west of Jupiter Farms and a short drive from Palm Beach Gardens and The Town of Jupiter, the park has nearly eight miles of hiking trails, a kayak launch, a covered picnic area, a wheelchair accessible restroom, and several boardwalks surrounded by the sounds and sights of natural Florida.

Pine Glades Natural Area is part of the Loxahatchee River watershed and the Northeast Everglades Natural Area. The site had been previously used for now-defunct agricultural purposes and was acquired a piece by piece over the course of 11 years. It

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For those who love the water, thankfully you can scuba dive while practicing responsible social distancing. Here are some of the best scuba diving spots in the Palm Beaches.

Turtle Mound

This dome-shaped patch reef rises 12 to 15 feet above the sand. On the west side sleeping and feeding turtles, large stingrays and cobia can almost always be found. Turtle Mound will usually be the last leg of your dive on Breakers Reef.

Fourth Windows

With a beautiful ledge and fingers that protrude inshore, divers find masses of tropical fish, sea turtles, moray eels, and nurse sharks. With depths of 45 to 59-feet, you explore deep undercuts as you approach the northern portion of Breaker’s Reef as it wraps northwest. Along Fourth Windows, you will come

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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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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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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

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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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The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway stretches for nearly 3,000 miles along the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf Coasts. The sparkling, bright blue waterway in this area is between the coastline of a series of barrier islands.  It is a favorite route for sightseeing boats and boating activities because of its calm waters.

The Manatee Queen is a treasure in Jupiter.  The vessel is well-kept and operated by the Captain. During the narrated tour, the Captain explains some local history of Jupiter, such as the background of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse as he makes his way up the Intracoastal Waterway.  Cruise alongside incredible Jupiter Island highlighting some of notable homes. Spot a manatee or two swimming under the waterway or noteworthy birds that are

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If you live in the Palm Beaches, you and your family have the opportunity to canoe the Grassy Water Preserve every Saturday as the City of West Palm hosts a group tour along the 23 square-mile stretches of water while a guide tells paddlers about the history and ecology of the area. The cruise is through one of Florida's cleanest reservoirs on the preserve which also serves as a source of drinking water to residents of West Palm Beach.

It's only $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6 and over to participate in the fun! You'll need to sign up with a partner because it takes 2 to paddle in a canoe. The cruise starts at 10 a.m. and takes about an hour and a half to complete. You're asked to check-in at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center, which by the way, is

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