Palm Beach Guide to Spring Training

As a “dyed in the wool,” baseball fan and foodie, the secret to a great spring vacation in Palm Beach is visiting during training camp, February 23 – March 24, 2019. As of 2017, the county now boasts four professional baseball teams who call Jupiter and West Palm Beach their spring training homes. For baseball fans or anyone who wants the best spring break trip, this is the place to be.

So let’s get right to the Baseball! Located in the small town of Jupiter is the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, the sight of spring training for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins. The Cardinals have called this stadium home since its opening in 1997. There is not a bad seat in this stadium, even sitting behind the bleachers gives you a great view of the game. Insider’s tip: try to get a seat along the first baseline. You can see the game perfectly and the tickets for these seats are often half of the regular price.

Baseball players in red uniforms on the baseball field.

Roger Dean as it is affectionately called by locals, is also the home to the Class A teams of the Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals from April to August. Just eight miles down the road in West Palm Beach is the FITTEAM Ball Park of the Palm Beaches, which became the spring training home of the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals in 2017. The Astros won the World Series that same year. The brand new stadium offers an outfield seating area with a fun view. There is also a party deck for hanging out with friends.

empty baseball field with green grass.

Most training camp games are during the day so that leaves plenty of time for an amazing dinner. Here are a few recommendations to end your day of baseball in an ultimate way. A popular choice is Jetty’s Waterfront Restaurant, located on the Jupiter Inlet water with a fantastic view of the Jupiter Lighthouse. With daily specials and freshly caught fish, it’s hard to make a choice.  Try the Hawaiian Mahi or the crab cakes, they are both delicious.

A hidden gem in Juno Beach is Captain Charlie’s, Reef Grill. This gem often gets overlooked because it’s hidden in a strip mall. However, the fresh catch of the day and handwritten specials make it an absolute must on your Palm Beach restaurant list. The Dolphin, which is an almond and corn flake crusted fish sandwich served with chipotle sauce, is a personal favorite. Also, be prepared to wait if you visit during the spring because it’s a top foodie stop so it’s often packed. But it’s definitely worth the wait.

Not to be missed is Avocado Grille, a charming restaurant with two great locations. One in downtown West Palm Beach just 10 minutes from the FITTeam Stadium and the second location in Palm Beach Gardens only 10 minutes from Roger Dean. It is a chef-owned, small plate style restaurant perfect for trying several items when you can’t make up your mind or you want to share with your table.  The guacamole is fantastic and they offer it with the healthy option of sliced veggies instead of chips for dipping. It’s hard to pick favorite items at this restaurant but a few are the Curried Cauliflower, Local Arugula Salad, and Crispy Fish Tacos.

guacamole in a stone bowl with carrots and cucumbers

A fantastic favorite in Palm Beach Gardens is Cooper Hawk Winery, which is a part of a limited chain offering a superb dining experience. They have a wine bar built into the lobby and tasting glasses so you can try their extensive wine collection. Their menu is specially crafted so each dish is paired with a wine. Some great go-to choices are the Southern Hot Chicken Sandwich with Mac & Cheese or the Gnocchi Carbonara.

Fried Chicken Sandwich on a white plate

Visiting Palm Beach in the springtime offers so much more than simply miles of beach. Watch your favorite team while you soak up the sun and satisfy your appetite. Be sure to check the spring training schedules ahead of time. What are you waiting for? Start planning your vacation today!

This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Nicolle N. Are you interested in traveling to Palm Beach? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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