Palm Beach

West Palm Beach // Delray Beach // Boca Raton // Breakers Hotel // Worth Avenue // 30,000 people...

The town of Palm Beach (known as the Island of Palm Beach) is located in Palm Beach County, Florida, approximately one and half hours due north of Miami on the Atlantic Ocean.

It has a year-round population of over 10,000 people with an estimated seasonal population of 30,000. Made famous by the Kennedy's, Palm Beach is home to many of the most successful people in the world including Donald Trump.   

Now in its 100th year, Palm Beach is in transition as a new generation and an increasing number of international people discover it.  The town's affluence, its "abundance of pleasure" and strong community-oriented sensibility" were cited when it was selected in June 2003 as America's "Best Place to Live" by the Robb Report. 

History

Palm Beach was established as a resort by Henry Morrison Flagler, a founder of Standard Oil, who made the Atlantic coast barrier island accessible via his Florida East Coast Railway.  He opened two luxury hotels, the Royal Poinciana and the spectacular Breakers Hotel, which is today one of the world's most prestigious resort hotels.  The town itself has a very European feeling with wide palm tree lined avenues, Mediterranean styled architecture and Italian vias. 

Shopping on the town's main street:  Worth Avenue rivals Rodeo Drive from Tiffany and Cartier to Louis Vuitton and Hermes.  The two signature stores are Neiman Marcus and Saks, but the charm is in the via passages where you'll find one-of-kind boutiques and even consignment shops filled with discounted designer clothing.

The Weather

Palm Beach has an average of 234 sunshine days per year.  The mean temperature is never below 64 degrees F (18 degrees C).  The peak months for hurricane season are July-September.  However there have not been any hurricanes since 2005.

Hotels

The luxury oceanfront resorts on the Island include the famous Breakers Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, The Four Seasons and the boutique Omphoy Hotel, the first "South Beach" style resort on the Island.  The quaint Brazilian Court, the Colony Hotel and the Chesterfield featuring the legendary Leopard Lounge are located in town- walking distance to restaurants and stores.

Restaurants

Palm Beach offers great restaurants from the renowned Café Boulud to the more trendy Buccan which features the newest "small plate" tapas.  You can also enjoy a juicy hamburger at the original Green's Pharmacy or the very popular Hamburger Heaven.  Italian restaurants proliferate the Island from the traditional Trevini to trendy Cucina that transforms itself into a disco for the late night crowd.

Fun in the Sun

Palm Beach is both a boating and golfing paradise.  There are many private and public golf courses as well as a recently renovated par three golf course on the Ocean.  Surfing is very popular, especially on the north end.  There are also many biking trails along the Intracoastal Waterway that borders the west side of the Island. 

Getting to the Island of Palm Beach

Palm Beach is a twenty minute taxi ride from the West Palm Beach Airport (PBI).  The fare is approximately $30.  If you stay in town you can walk everywhere.  However, you might want to rent a car to explore the Island and other great surrounding towns including Delray Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton.

Victoria Brewer is our 'Woman On The Ground' based in West Palm Beach.

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