Suburban Jungle Strategist ​​Melissa Schneider Soaks Up The South Florida Lifestyle

Jun 2, 2022

This lifelong New Yorker made the move — and now she’s helping countless others find their sunshine

As a lifelong New Yorker, I never pictured myself moving too far from the city. After a decade in Manhattan and a stopover in Brooklyn, my husband and I finally made the move to the Long Island suburbs, about 20 miles east of the city.

Even though we loved life on Long Island, we always felt like something was missing — but we couldn’t quite put our fingers on it. Then, one day, an opportunity was presented that we both felt we couldn’t pass up: my husband had a chance to head to the South Florida area for work. It was a huge move and completely outside of the journey we’d imagined for ourselves and our kids. But, at the same time, it felt right.

And that piece we were missing? We found it in Delray Beach.

Now as Suburban Jungle’s Florida Strategist, I’m helping clients from across the country and all over the world find “home” here in the Sunshine State. And since people are coming from so many places, one of the questions I’m asked most frequently is: what does my day look like now?

Here’s a peek at a typical Saturday.


#1. Delray Beach Morning Power Walk

I love starting my morning around 7:15 with a power walk on the beach — it really sets the tone for my day and gives me the mental charge I need to get up and get going. And heading out this early means I’ll see tons of people coming off the beach who made it out for the sunrise. (If you’re one of those early early risers you’re going to get an awesome view!)


There’s a sidewalk and path along the east side of A1A — Ocean Boulevard — that I follow. Usually, I’m walking quickly to get exercise, but many people stroll to see the sites. The beach walk is full of historical markers, landmarks, and spots to relax. And if you’ve got pets in the family? The beach path is dog-friendly.


#2. Breakfast in Delray Beach

When I have time, I’ll grab a table at Caffe Luna Rosa. The food, people watching, and vibe are all great. And while you’re there, be sure to order the French toast — it’s the best in town!


If I’m in grab-and-go mode, I’ll stop by my favorite bakery, Two Fat Cookies, to pick up a Nutella brownie for my younger son. (It takes everything in my power not to eat it on the way home). They also have a takeout window so you can order breakfast from their sister restaurant Two Fat BrEGGfast. I love getting my morning coffee here, too.


#3. Soccer Game at South County Regional Park

On weekends, after picking up breakfast and coffee, I’m usually rushing home to take my boys to a sports practice or game. My younger son loves the recreational soccer program — his team made it to the playoffs this year! We love the many youth athletic options here — everyone gets a chance to play, and the kids really learn the game.


If your kids are into competitive sports, there are a range of opportunities for them to level up. Our rec league hosts all-star and play-off games during the season. This year’s game was held at Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, which is one of my local favorites. My family goes there all year long for sporting events and nature walks.


#4. Pickleball Lessons

Pickleball is a big part of life here. My older son is smitten with the sport and takes pickleball lessons on the outdoor courts at a number of local West Boca Raton, Delray and West Boynton residential communities. Today’s lesson was held at one of the new 55 and over communities, where my parents recently relocated to. Many grandparents love being able to have their families spend time enjoying the amenities where they live.


Pickleball is a really fun sport for all ages and a great way to meet some new friends in your community. There are tons of pickleball courts and leagues in the public parks around Boca Raton/Delray. Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park has six courts.


#5. Bowling Alley Birthday Party

No Saturday would be complete without a birthday party. Today we’re taking the kids to a party at Strike 10 Bowling in the heart of Downtown Boca Raton at Mizner Park. While the kids are partying, I love to wander through the shops, restaurants, and galleries. There’s even an amphitheater at one end where tons of concerts and events take place throughout the year.


Decorating is my side hobby so I’m always happy to have an excuse to stop into Z Gallerie at Mizner to buy a new home accessory. (I can never have enough!)


#6. Dinner with Friends in Downtown Delray

Post-party it’s time to meet up and grab dinner with friends in downtown Delray. For me, it’s full circle — this is where I started my morning!


Tonight I’m heading to Brule Bistro in the Pineapple Grove Arts District — it’s my favorite “go-to” restaurant in the area. The food is great and they have a fantastic wine list.


That’s just a taste of a typical Saturday — and why I love life in South Florida. If you’ve got questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at




If you’re considering a move to South Florida, I’m here to help! Get in touch so we can connect. I’ll be happy to share even more of my favorite spots.

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