EXPLORE PALM BEACHES
THE PALM BEACHES are separated from mainland Florida by the Lake Worth Lagoon and these extraordinary A1A destinations have it all. With fantastic beaches, an award-winning par-3 golf course and tennis courts, spacious marina, an impressive collection of restaurants, attentive service, legendary accommodations and designer boutiques, you’ll wonder what took you so long to explore this wonderful year-round paradise.
Find the perfect stretch of beach, surf, scuba dive, snorkel, indulge in any of the dozens of other watersports or do absolutely nothing at all, you’ll find Palm Beach ready and eager to accommodate you.
Rather go shopping? Known as the “Rodeo Drive of the East Coast” shopping enthusiasts may find Worth Avenue a veritable mecca and for those who enjoy great window shopping just as much, you may find the Worth Avenue Guided Walking Tour the perfect way to start exploring this celebrated shopping district.
With an ever growing calendar of events, you’re bound to find something to excite and entertain you while you’re here and as the sun sets on your fun-filled day, prepare for some dazzling dining experiences and lively nightlife.
And when you’re ready to rest, whether you choose a Luxury Resort or Spa, charming Bed & Breakfast, Pet Friendly or RV/Campground property to call home during your stay, you’ll discover why visitors from around the corner and around the globe return again and again to Palm Beach. If you’re interested in reading more about the recent happenings, here’s a link to our Palm Beaches Journal (blog) page.
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RODEO DRIVE OF THE EAST COAST: Known as the “Rodeo Drive of the East Coast” shopping enthusiasts may find Worth Avenue in Palm Beach a veritable mecca. It’s been said that when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping and for those tough enough (you know who you are) the Worth Avenue Guided Walking Tour may be the perfect way to start exploring this celebrated shopping district. Every (non-holiday) Wednesday from the end of November through the end of April and lasting approximately one hour and fifteen minutes, the tours cover much of the history of Worth Avenue including its architectural importance, the influence on the fashion world and the development of the legendary social scene that established Palm Beach as America’s first resort destination during the gilded age. Meet your guide and fellow visitors at 11 a.m. at 256 Worth Avenue across from Tiffany & Co. and Chanel. The cost of the tour is $10 per person, no reservations, free two-hour parking along Worth Avenue or paid parking at Apollo parking lot behind Tiffany & Co.
PALM BEACH: Making its way from Havana to Barcelona with a cargo of 20,000+ coconuts, the ship “Providencia” shipwrecked off the coast of present-day Palm Beach and washed ashore in January, 1878. Prior to that time, the entire area we now know as Palm Beach, was known as Lake Worth. According to the Town’s website (townofpalmbeach.com) early settlers lost no time claiming the shipwreck’s salvage and planting the coconuts which were not native to South Florida. Fast forward fifteen years and the lush groves of coconut palms that had grown up following the shipwreck caught the eye of Henry Flagler who would fall in love with Palm Beach and the rest as they say, is history. This pic of meticulously placed coconut palms was shot from A1A and it’s one of the two championship golf courses you’ll find at Henry Flagler’s oceanfront resort The Breakers. If you decide to come and explore this extraordinary area, here’s the address – One South County Rd., 33480.
LANTANA: The Town of Lantana is named for the genus Lantana, a family of perennial flowering plants native to tropical regions, including South Florida. According to The Coastal Star (thecoastalstar.com) in 1887, the Lyman family — considered to be Lantana’s founding family — arrived and built a home on what then became Lyman Point. This home is now the location of the Old Key Lime House restaurant you see pictured here and if you decide to come and explore this beautiful area and are looking for a place to start, here’s the address to the restaurant – 300 E Ocean Ave., 33462.
THE BREAKERS: Originally called the Palm Beach Inn, we learned from thebreakers.com that The Breakers hotel was built on the beachfront portion of Henry Flagler’s Royal Poinciana hotel. When many Royal Poinciana “regulars” began asking for rooms “down by the breakers” the name stuck and when Flagler doubled the size of his beachfront Inn in 1901, he renamed it The Breakers. In 1903 while workers were enlarging the building for the fourth time, The Breakers burned down. It burned down a second time in 1925 allegedly caused by a guest who left on her new-fangled electric curling iron. Refusing to be beaten by the catastrophe, Flagler’s heirs announced they would rebuild the world’s finest resort hotel on the site of The Breakers and, it would re-open within a year. More than 1,200 construction workers labored on The Breakers around-the-clock to meet the opening date and the immense Italian Renaissance structure was completed in just 11½ months. We shot this pic at The Breakers grand entrance and if you decide to make your way here too, head to 1 S County Rd., 33480.
Following are few links you made find helpful (we certainly have). If you use the links, you’ll be leaving this website and will be redirected to another. Although we’ve found the links quite useful, we’re not making endorsements or claims about the accuracy or content of the information you’ll find there. Palm Beach TNYT Travel (Video); Golf on the Ocean; Water Sports (Video); Walking Tour of Worth Avenue (Video); and one last one we just couldn’t resist including – President JFK Palm Beach Vacation (Video).