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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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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