A spur of the moment trip to West Palm Beach, Florida, brought me to a fun holiday activity, the Sandi Land Holiday in Paradise Sand Sculptures event. Each year, using a different theme, huge sand castle creations line the West Palm Beach Great Lawn, at the end of Clematis Street, and off Flagler Drive. and/or street running parallel to the Intracoastal Waterway. With yachts and stunning high-rise buildings as the backdrop, these incredible sand castles are amazing to see in person, and best of all, absolutely free.
Sandi Land’s “Sandi Brings Hope” event runs from December 5th through the 31st and offers tropical-themed holiday sand displays. Holiday-themed photo boards are scattered throughout for you to pose with and several other attractions also commemorate the holiday season. Other points of interest include playing Peppermint Putt-Putt (which offers 9 holes) or nightly light shows.
Though the sand sculptures change annual, Merry Kiss Much, with two angelfish kissing under the mistletoe, and Three Dogfish Night have been my favorites. My family takes a road trip every year to attend the Sandi Land event. The “Lollipop-a-Palooza” them included music related sand castles, such as Stone Crabs and Shrimp Bizkit. Another year, Santa enjoying hot cocoa with his elves was brilliant. The sand artists are so creative and clever!
Each year marks noticeable changes in the Sandi Land event, with bigger and better fun for the whole family all the time. This year, in 2020, a synchronized dancing water show unveils in the renovated Centennial Square Fountain. That sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to see it.
The biggest attraction at Sandi Land would have to be massive world’s only Christmas tree, “Sandi“, made of 700 tons of sand. The tree is built on the Great Lawn and measures 35 feet tall. You’ll see it right away from the massive crowds gathered around to admire the beautiful display.
To keep things safe due to COVID, this year, Santa pays a visit through a snow globe, where everyone can safely take pictures.
Time for a Delicious Lunch
While you are in the area, enjoy a delicious lunch from nearby E.R. Bradley’s Saloon or the iconic Rocco’s Tacos. You will love the ambiance and upscale eats at E.R. Bradley’s, a landmark restaurant that overlooks the West Palm Beach waterfront. The Mahi-Mahi fish tacos with rice and black beans are fabulous!
At Rocco’s Tacos, everything is delicious, but we are big fans of guacamole, Austin Queso, and the burritos. Margaritas are a must, with jalapeño and raspberry being our favorites.
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