Palm Beach County is well known for its coastal and intracoastal waterways.  The beauty of Palm beach is best experienced from a boat, jet ski, or other watercraft.

Boating: 

From Jupiter to Boca Raton, the Intracoastal is lined with million-dollar mansions and towering condos, spacious parks and busy marinas, laid-back restaurants and trendy boutiques.  The best way to view the intracoastal waterway is by boat, jet ski, or other watercraft.  Don't own a boat?  How about renting from one of the local watersports rental businesses.  Peanut Island is a local attraction that caters to the weekend pleasure boater.  The close proximity to the gulfstream makes Palm Beach a favorite destination for fisherman looking to be guaranteed a great catch.  Check out the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau online @ www.palmbeachfl.com for more info on watersports in the area.

 Palm Beach County and South Florida are full of equestrian events and activities – from World Class Dressage and Show Jumping to Trail Riding.

Horse Shows:

If you’re visiting Palm Beach county during the first weekend in December, or in January through March, you have a terrific opportunity to see some of the top equestrians in the country compete. The Winter Equestrian Festival (Jan 13– April 4, 2010) features international hunter, jumper and dressage competitions at the highest level.  With over $5.5 million in prize money, it attracts top U.S. and international riders and more than 4,000 horses – the largest equestrian sporting event in the world.  (Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club inWellington.  14440 Pierson Road, Wellington FL 33414, (561)793-5867 .  Competition Wednesday – Sunday.  Admission is free on Wednesdays, up to $15 on Sundays.)

Polo:

The first four months of the year also bring polo to Palm Beach.  Palm Beach Polo features World-Class, High-Goal polo from January through April (International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, 3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington, FL 33414, (561) 204-5687.  Tickets start at $10.)  You can also catch a few chukkers at Royal Palm Polo in Boca Raton.  (18000 Jog Road, Boca Raton, Florida 33496, (561) 994-1876.)

Foxhunting:

For the foxhunter (with a horse) there are two local hunts.  Palm Beach Hounds – visitors permitted to hunt with advance permission from Hunt Secretary  (Wednesdays & Saturdays, November through March.  Capping Fee $50.  (561) 227-1595.), and  Four Winds Foxhounds – visitors permitted to hunt by prior arrangement with the Master.  (Indiantown, FL, 35 miles from West Palm Beach. Thursdays and alternate Saturdays & Sundays, September to March. Capping fee $50.  772-597-5240.)

Trail Riding:

Those who’d like to do a trail ride or a beach ride can check out Wandering Trails Riding Academy. They supply the horses and guide Beach Rides for $75 and Trail Rides starting at $25. (Palm Beach Gardens, (561) 622-8130.)

Other equestrian events for spectators, outside Palm Beach County, but in the greater South Florida area, include

Rodeo:

Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Rodeo (63 miles from WPB) – Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 2 -4, 2006) and 2nd weekend in March. (Cattleman's Rodeo Arena, Hwy 441 N, , Okeechobee, Florida 34972, (863) 763-2984. Admission is $8.)  

Davie Five Star Rodeo (53 miles from WPB) – 4th Saturday of every month ((954) 680-3555.  Admission is $15.)

Thoroughbred Racing:

Calder Race Course, Miami (60 miles from WPB -- 21001 N.W. 27th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33056,  (305) 625-1311.)

Gulfstream Park in Hallandale (55 miles from WPB -- 901 S Federal Hwy Hallandale Beach, FL 33009,   (954) 454-7000.)

Harness Racing: Pompano Park Race Track – Pompano Beach.  (38 miles from WPB -- 1800 SW 3rd Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33069,  (954) 972-2000.)

Dog Shows:

The 2nd weekend of March, the Palm Beach County Dog Fanciers Association holds their annual dog shows at the South Florida Fairgrounds.  For more information and coupons go to www.pbcdfa.org or follow updates at www.twitter.com/pbcdfa.