January - April
This is the busiest time of the year in Palm Beach, when “snowbirds” pull out their shorts and sandals and migrate south from northern climes. Temperatures are comfortable—usually in the mid- to high-70s during the day and the 50s-60s at night, with an occasional cold front sweeping through for a day or two. There’s very little rain, so it’s perfect for the beach, golf, tennis, shopping or anything else you want to do outdoors. Be sure to bring a couple of sweaters (light and medium in weight), and long pants, as well as shorts. Given the fact that there isn’t the same proliferation of hotels in Palm Beach as in the more metropolitan areas of South Florida, book as early as possible to assure you get a room, and be prepared to pay premium rates.
May - September
If you can handle the heat, endless special offers on hotels, restaurants and spas are available, so you’re certain to get the most bang for your buck. It’s also rainy season—and from June through November, hurricane season—so when those afternoon thundershowers sweep through, duck into the museums, take a late lunch or indulge in a few spa treatments until the sun pops back out in time for Happy Hour. Lightweight, breathable fabrics, swimwear, flip-flops, a beach tote and an extra-large tube of SPF 50 sunscreen will serve you well.
October - December
The tail end of hurricane season is also historically the most active, so be aware; that said, we think November and December are some of the best months to be in town, as you can feel the buildup to the holidays, and the upcoming “season” start to permeate the atmosphere. This time of year, there’s more live entertainment at cultural venues, the weather is perfect for alfresco dining (average temperatures usually hit 75 by day and hover between 60 and 65 in the evenings), and it’s the ideal time to burnish yourself with a tan that your friends will envy for weeks as Thanksgiving and Christmas approach.