If there is dish in South Florida, Jose Lambiet is your best server. The founder of GossipExtra.com has been covering all things juicy and scandalous in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami and beyond for the better part of a decade. Armed with a baldhead full of stories about everything from Trump's high-profile divorces to P. Diddy's public romps, Lambiet is now taking his gossip show on the road.
Partnering with Palm Beach Bus Tours, Lambiet has put together an hourlong excursion around the ritz of Palm Beach. He has made a point to set up a fun and informal environment that appeals to locals and tourists alike. For tourists, it's nice to have a productive, culturally enriching experience in a new city that does not involve looking at art framed on a wall. But this excursion is a real blast for locals who can chime in with their own stories or ask bona fide expert the burning questions they have always had.
Lambiet puts it simply: "I try to pepper the tour with stories that hopefully they haven't heard about, like who lives in some these mansions and little quirks about Palm Beach and things that even people that live here wouldn't know."
As a downtown West Palm Beacher, I always enjoy a trip to the island of Palm Beach. But they don't really take kindly to my 1997 Honda Accord in those parts, so riding over in the bus with Lambiet at the helm felt like I was tricking them into letting me in. I soaked up an hour's worth of new knowledge, but here are the top five things I learned on the Gossip Extra Palm Beach Bus Tour:
5. The massive hedges surrounding the mansions I will never afford are an interesting loophole. The island laws say you cannot have walls around your property higher than five feet, but nobody said anything about the hedges!