We picked a good day to make the half hour drive south to Palm Cove for lunch. It rained constantly all morning and the sea was looking grey brown and turbulent all the way along the narrow coast road down to Palm Cove.
But the skies eventually cleared and by the time we were on to our delicious desserts at Vivo's, on the esplanade, Palm Cove beach was starting to look much more welcoming.
Vivo's was a great choice for lunch: wild pan fried barramundi for me and a glass of lovely Pinot Gris...and then dessert: rhubarb oliebollen (a kind of Dutch donut??), pomegranate caramel, wattle seed ice cream and persian fairy floss...oh my! (Note the no make up, no GHD look - I'm on holidays!)
I liked Vivo's style too; and you could not fault it's location overlooking the beach.
The strong winds blew the last of the clouds away but really whipped up the normally placid seas. Only the hardy stayed fishing off that old jetty at the north end of the beach.
Palm Cove is much smaller than Port Douglas - has a much nicer beachfront and a bit more of a coffee culture. It still seems very family oriented though.