If You Linger in the Palm Beach Area and Boca Raton

There was a string of lights across the dark water in Palm Beach. The walls of the Henry Morrison Flagler mansion glowed with spotlights.

The Ben hotel's rooftop bar and pool were crowded with well-dressed men and women. The drinks were flowing.

The sister cities of the Palm Beaches, fabulously wealthy Palm Beach and the business city of West Palm Beach had a pleasant evening.

They and nearby Boca Raton have art museums that attract a lot of visitors in the early December months. The museums are presenting strong Latin American exhibitions in contrast to the contemporary work at Art Basel.

There is plenty of time to go to the exhibitions in the Palm Beaches and Boca Raton during a couple of days.

Ta-Boo and Bilboquet are two popular restaurants in Palm Beach that are on Worth Avenue, a promenade of high-end resort wear, jewels and art galleries. Just off Worth on Via Mizner is another popular spot, Renato's. The pre-eminent hotel is The Breakers, which opened in the 20th century. The rooms start at $2,500 a night.

The Ben is close to theNorton. Most evenings, the street feels like a party. Crab cakes, burgers and shrimp dishes are available at E.R. Bradley's Saloon, which is located at the waterfront. The restaurant at theNorton is great for lunch.

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The warm weather in Palm Beach allows for many outdoor dining options.

There are Mediterranean Revival style mansions with red barrel-tiled roofs, carved stone arches and balconies, and clipped hedges and lawns in Palm Beach. There are many examples of the British Colonial style, Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern homes, and white concrete and glass boxes. Mar-a-Lago is owned by former President Donald J. Trump.

The 75-room, gold-leaf, velvet and silk-trimmed Whitehall, built by Mr. Flagler, is now the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum and a National Historic Landmark.

The flora and fauna are present. In the cooler months, the sea mammals congregate in the warm water spilling from a power plant on the Intracoastal Waterway. The sanctuary is called Manatee Lagoon. There is an observation deck, shaded walkways and a gift shop.

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It is common to see the mammals in Florida.

The best way to get to Boca Raton is to drive along Florida State Road A1A, which is a museum of mansions and paradisiacal landscaping.

You can take a short stroll on the boardwalk through the mangroves, cabbage palms, and hardwoods that show what Florida was like before the developers and paving crews arrived at a place like the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. There is a breeding lab and a hospital for sea turtles at the center.

There is a Museum of Art at the north end of the park. The park has restaurants and high-end shops.

Friends of the executive director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art are taken to Max's Grille, the Loch Bar and Kapow. The Noodle House is located in the city. Casa D'Angelo and Trattoria Romano are recommended by other art world people.

The Hyatt Place is close to the museum. The Boca Raton is a high-end hotel that used to be called the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

Mr. Lippman said that you can spend some relaxing days in these cities.