ASK PRISCILLA: Water Spots ‘n Stops

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By Priscilla Speicher One of the greatest things about living in South Palm Beach County is the access to the water! From Lake Ida to the Intracoastal to our beautiful ocean, opportunities to get next to or in the water abound! But if you’re like me, you may not always take advantage of our waterfront. We who live here get caught up in our day-to-day lives and sometimes need to remind ourselves that we live in a place that people from other states and countries flock to…for the water! Here I share some places to go and things to do to utilize and enjoy this precious resource. Salt Fly Paddleboards in Delray and Spanish River Paddle Co. in north Boca offer paddleboard rentals and lessons. And one of my fave businesses is Delray Beach Water Sports on A1A south of Atlantic. Right on the beach, and you can rent kayaks, paddleboards, surf and skim boards and a Hobie Kat small sailboat. You can also rent snorkel gear or attend Surf Camp and learn how to surf. Lake Ida is close to Atlantic Ave and I’m surprised how many locals have never spent time on her shores. You can go there for a picnic for two or a family gathering for 30 – there are pavilions, grills, grassy areas, volleyball court, and a “beach” to just sit and soak up the sun. Pack a lunch or some wine and cheese and decompress here! Thirty minutes north of Delray is RAPIDS Water Park, lots of fun for all ages and a great way to have fun in the water and cool off. You can parasail in the Delray, Boca and West Palm Areas – a Google search will reveal several companies to choose from. Another fun way to spend a couple hours on the water is to rent a catamaran at the north end of the Delray public beach. It feels amazing to be out on the ocean on these small sailing vessels and it’s pretty easy to learn how to use them. Now if these suggestions are a bit too active (or too wet) for you, you can greatly enjoy the water with a cruise on the Lady Atlantic. Docked downtown at Veteran’s Park, this lovely ship has two levels, indoor and outdoor seating, and takes you down the scenic Intracoastal waterway, past gorgeous waterfront homes lining the route. You can choose a dinner cruise or a fun sightseeing cruise, often with live music such as the reggae performer I enjoyed the last time I took friends on Lady Atlantic. You also have waterfront parks all over South Palm Beach County. My favorites are Gulfstream Park in Boynton and Bryant Park in Lake Worth. Bryant Park features a mile long trail and a fishing pier, on the Intracoastal at the east end of Lake Avenue. I’ll end by mentioning the fountains at the east end of Clematis St. in downtown West Palm – a nice short getaway to take the kids and let them splash around. I always enjoy seeing the delight on the children’s faces when they play there. Wherever you go to enjoy the water, don’t take it for granted. Many people around the world don’t have access to water for drinking or daily use – we should remember this, and always try to respect and preserve the water that benefits us in so many ways. For more recommendations on places to go and things to do in this area, visit JustAskPriscilla.com. The next Ask Priscilla article will share all the best waterfront spots for dining, drinks, and entertainment.