Spending 3 weeks in WPB, December-January, for a family trip (4 adults). We are very excited and looking forward relaxing in the city. We live near the downtown area. I have four basic questions that any local should have the answer:
1. The beaches. What is the nearest beach from downtown? I heard about Peanut Island, but is it the nearest? I may sound stupid with that one, but is there beach exclusivity for some hotels or the beaches near the hotels are public?
2. Tri-Rail, sounds too good to be true to go to Miami and FL. Is it safe or as great as it looks?
3. My father is a fan of free markets and outlets. Any suggestion for those?
4. I like to hear locals on great value restaurants, that they love. We often find those off the touristic areas. You know, those restaurants we say "man, you've got to try their ___________, it's the best in town".
4b. A nice restaurant for Christmas, any suggestions?