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Lantana town

Palm Beach, FL
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Lantana town, Palm Beach FL

Description

Lantana is a cute seaside town. Ocean Avenue is its main drag and it has an assortment of shops and sidewalk cafes in little old tropical houses. A fisherman culture is alive along the intercoastal waterway just southeast of the drawbridge at Sportman's Park. Pelicans stand happily here on poles sticking out of the water. You can walk over the bridge and see the water below- "Over the bridge we go, there's lot of water below!"
Start your explorations by parking along the road once you turn onto Ocean Avenue from Dixie Hwy. Parking is free for two hours. There is a delightful bakery here called Palm Beach Bakery and Cafe, so good that it always has a line outside the door, run by a friendly Finnish lady. Try the filo dough roll with ground beef inside- yum! Just like sausage rolls in Australia! Next, have a guava pastry. The strong flavor of Guava is out of this world! You have to bring some back for your family! Many Finnish people vacation here for the winter and they gather at this bakery- it's a truly cultural experience to hang out here for a while listening to Finnish and looking at the posters of Finnish music and dance events on the wall. Apparently in the 1940s Finnish people used to work as maids for the wealthy of New York and come down with them on vacation to Lantana. The Finnish liked it so much that when they retired they settled in Lantana.
Next stroll along Ocean Avenue past Old Key Lime House Restaurant with its bright green colors. Pass more cute restaurants and then sit at the intercoastal waterway with the fishermen at Sportsman's Park and watch the bridge go up every half hour.
There is a park with a high and fun-looking playground across the street, called Lantana Bicentennial Park. From the many benches and picnic tables, the expansive views of the water are lovely.
After exploring the town, drive over the bridge and head straight to the end of Ocean Ave, where you will find pretty and happening Lantana Beach with its seawall and fancy hotels.

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Outside Palm Beach Bakery and Cafe.
Outside Palm Beach Bakery and Cafe.
Enjoying pastries with the Finns at Palm Beach Bakery.
Enjoying pastries with the Finns at Palm Beach Bakery.
Waterfront by the bridge at Sportsman's Park.
Waterfront by the bridge at Sportsman's Park.
Looking out on the intracoastal waterway.
Looking out on the intracoastal waterway.
Sportsman's Park where the fishermen hang out.
Sportsman's Park where the fishermen hang out.
Lantana Bicentennial Park.
Lantana Bicentennial Park.
Waterfront bench at Lantana Bicentennial Park.
Waterfront bench at Lantana Bicentennial Park.
Old Key Lime House Restaurant, on Ocean Ave.
Old Key Lime House Restaurant, on Ocean Ave.
Swings and playground at Bicentennial Park.
Swings and playground at Bicentennial Park.
Sunny spot on the intracoastal at Bicentennial Park.
Sunny spot on the intracoastal at Bicentennial Park.
Looking across the water from Bicentennial Park.
Looking across the water from Bicentennial Park.
Crazy slide!
Crazy slide!
Shady picnic table on the water.
Shady picnic table on the water.
Sunny day at Palm Beach Bakery and Cafe.
Sunny day at Palm Beach Bakery and Cafe.
 

Directions

The main drag of Lantana town is along Ocean Ave at around the 200 and 300 blocks. Exit Highway 95 at Lantana Rd and head toward the ocean. Turn right on Dixie Hwy and then turn left on Ocean Ave. You can park for free along the road for 2 hours.
Palm Beach Bakery and Cafe, 206 East Ocean Avenue, Lantana, FL 33462, call (561) 585-0222.

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Lisa
08/25/2014 08:42
We will definitely be back to this gem of a town! Enjoyed a slice of key lime pie by the intracoastal. A few people came to drink too much but not everyone. Old Key Lime House has a great view. We arrived by boat- I'm always looking for places like this where you can dock. My boyfriend had a nacho plate with chicken that was awesome. Historical building, great area to walk around and look at the water.

Last Updated Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:31:15 GMT