Descriptively named, Palm Beach is known for its opulence and beauty and so it's great to find adventures on the island that can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of the budget. It's no secret that the beaches here are beautiful and a great way to spend the day but even if you are coming to the area for the beach, why not take a little time before to enjoy everything else the island has to offer. Park at the Society of the Four Arts and wander through the serene gardens and then step inside to see the exhibits. Afterwards, take your bike or head off on foot to the 6-mile Lake Trail that runs along the Intracoastal Waterways and starts right near the gardens. Both options are a great way to see Palm Beach at a much more leisurely pace than driving around and the Lake Trail is pet-friendly, unlike the beach. Before heading to the beach, window shop and people watch on the famous Worth Avenue.
Palm Beach is one of the most gorgeous and dynamic cities of Florida. The city has world-class culture and limitless outdoor adventures. It’s the perfect place to visit, live, work or play. There are plenty of amenities and activities in the city to keep residents busy besides the obvious water activities. Palm Beach today is a fully developed community, world-renowned for its beauty, quality of life and small-town character.
It is home to “Captains of Industry” and the world famous Worth Avenue. Approximately 9,000 citizens make Palm Beach their year-round home, and about 20,000 more have a seasonal home in Palm Beach where they enjoy the winter months. Together, these residents of Palm Beach donate more money per capita to charities than any other community in America. The Town is governed by an elected Mayor and a five-member Council, operates under the Council-Manager form of government, and provides a full range of quality municipal services. It has an active historic preservation program, strict zoning standards, high levels of public safety and public works services, 3 miles of public beaches, and a wide array of recreation programs, including award winning golf and tennis facilities.
The Island of Palm Beach is a small island located just off of the Golf Coast of South Florida, separated from the cities of Lake Worth and West Palm Beach by the Intracoastal Waterway. The history of Palm Beach Florida begins with Flagler’s Royal Poinciana Hotel, completed in 1894. The Royal Poinciana was Flagler’s first foray into the area now known as Palm Beach. Later he would open the world-famous Breaker’s Hotel in 1896, located on the beach front property of the Royal Poinciana Hotel. These early resorts represent the founding ideas for which the island of Palm Beach was developed on, and for what Palm Beach luxury estates embody in the modern age.... class, comfort, and luxury.
Palm Beach is divided into three different sections. The area located south of Worth Ave. is known as the Estate Section. During the 1920′s the Estate Section was home to some of the nations most dignified families. Today the Estate Section is a mix of old and new mansions. Some Palm Beach mansions for sale even span over an entire block. The middle portion of Palm Beach is a mix of condominiums, townhomes, and luxury mansions. Mid-town is home to the islands shopping and dining district and mixes island privacy with urban amenities. The Northern portion of Palm Beach island is praised for being a residential, family-oriented neighborhood.
Zoning restrictions prevent the construction of commercial structures and condominiums, ensuring that the North-End retain its friendly and warm atmosphere. Many Palm Beach luxury real estate properties enjoy the use of their own private dock space, making yachting and fishing some of the preferred recreational activities in Palm Beach. The waters off of Palm Beach are a deep, rich blue, providing Palm Beach mansions and Palm Beach intracoastal estates with a pristine background that is unmatched in South Florida.
The neighboring area of West Palm Beach was originally developed as servants’ quarters for the employees of Flagler’s resort hotels, but since then West Palm Beach has become massively popular as a vibrant city and a cultural hub for the surrounding areas. West Palm Beach is where the nightlife thrives.
The historical district of Clematis Street is world renowned for its high-end restaurants and stylish shops. Residents can find unique and haute couture clothing on Clematis Street that is not available in any other part of the country. The area of City Place is a Mediterranean and Venetian style promenade filled with elegant fountains, lavish clubs, gourmet restaurants, and exciting bars.
Every weekend City Place is packed with South Florida’s most sophisticated and affluent who are looking for an exciting night out on the town. Flagler’s luxurious Royal Poinciana Hotel eventually closed in 1934. The Breakers Hotel, after frequent re-buildings and renovations, still remains in Palm Beach to this day. What used to be the playground for the Vanderbilts and the Carnegies has been modernized into a state of the art tropical resort paradise for South Floridians. The Breakers offers nine different restaurants, five bars, ten tennis courts, and 36 scenic holes of golf. There are also many other exclusive country clubs in Palm Beach and the surrounding areas. On the island of Palm Beach there is the members only Palm Beach Country Club, famous for its famous private parties and impeccably lush grounds. The neighboring area of West Palm Beach is home to Bear Lakes Country Club and the President Country Club.
Words can only begin to describe the majesty and the magic of Palm Beach Real Estate generally and Palm Beach Luxury Real Estate in particular which represents some of the most gorgeous luxury real estate in Palm Beach County. Palm Beach’s deep history, nostalgic architecture, and sheer natural beauty truly make it one of Florida’s greatest treasures.
Palm Beach premier estate properties. . . . . it is something you must see for yourself. Nowhere is opulence and extravagance greater exemplified and in abundance per square foot than on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. Worth Avenue represents the winter playground for the rich and famous to both see and be seen. Designer stores, high fashion, exquisite jewelry shops such as Tiffany’s and beautifully manicured and maintained Palm-Tree lined streets and boulevards abound. A piece of the South of France located amongst some of the finest luxury real estate in Palm Beach County Florida
When the first settlers arrived in what was to become Palm Beach, the entire area was known as “Lake Worth”, named for Major General William Jenkins Worth who fought in the Second Seminole War. Pioneers struggled to clear land for their houses and to make room for their crops. The first of the permanent pioneers arrived in 1872. According to early settler accounts, Palm Beach received its name from a shipwreck named the "Providencia." The ship washed ashore in January 1878 with a load of coconuts bound from Havana to Barcelona. Early settlers lost no time claiming salvage and planting the coconuts, which were not native to South Florida, in an effort to launch a commercial coconut industry.
Word of the area’s beauty spread northward and by 1880 the first hotel, the Coconut Grove House, opened to accommodate tourists. By the early 1890s the island community was well established with several hotels, businesses, and winter residents. The pioneer era ended in 1894 with the opening of Henry M. Flagler’s Royal Poinciana Hotel and the arrival of the Florida East Coast Railroad in 1896. The railroad tracks crossed Lake Worth so trains could deliver their passengers directly to the Flagler System hotels, which included the Palm Beach Inn directly on the ocean. Soon renamed The Breakers, because so many guests wrote asking for a room “down by the breakers,” fire destroyed the hotel in 1903. Henry Flagler ordered a larger, more luxurious hotel built at the same location, which opened for business the following year. The hotel was again destroyed by fire in March 1925 and was replaced by the magnificent stone structure which continues to serve as a Palm Beach landmark today.
Palm Beach has a tropical weather. In winters, the temperature remains above 50° overnight. Frosty weather can only be seen during the months of December and January. Rests of the months are either moderately hot or very hot. In summers the temperature reaches up to 80° . From late spring until early fall, the temperature often reaches 90°. In summer, there are temperatures above 90° . Palm Beach gets 61 inches or rain per year compared to United States which average 37 inches. Palm Beach experiences no snowfall due to its tropical weather.
We receive many questions from potential home buyers who consider relocating to Palm Beach. The issue of employment, work, and jobs seem to be one of the most significant concerns when relocating to Palm Beach County.
Nearby towns of Boca Raton and West Palm Beach have some of the top corporations headquartered here. For a list of the Top 25 Employers in Palm Beach County, click here.
With over 1.4 million people, Palm Beach County is Florida's third most populated area with a projected population of almost 2 million by 2050. It is also Florida's wealthiest county with a per capita income of $68,000 according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. According to Forbes Magazine, the county ranks as #19 in the Best Places for Businesses and Careers.
Palm Beach County is the preferred leisure destination for about 2 million people every year, among them the most affluent consumers in the world, making tourism a major industry as well. For all these reasons and more, Palm Beach County is ranked by Forbes Magazine as the #19 in Best Places for Business and Careers in the United States.
Bank of America, Countywide locations
Bank of America is the second-largest bank in the country and it employees over 1,000 people in Palm Beach County, with banks at many locations.
Palm Beach County School District
The Palm Beach County School District has over 22,000 employees,12,898 teachers, 187 schools and 183,000 students.
With over 1,700 employees in Palm Beach County, Florida Crystals is a leading national brand in the organic and natural market.
Wells Fargo Bank, County-wide locations
Wells Fargo bank has a large presence in Florida, employing almost 1,400 people in Palm Beach County alone at over 40 locations. Wells Fargo is a nationwide, diversified financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets.
Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners
Employing over 5,500 people (outside of the school district). The list of services provided and departments managed by the county would fill several pages. Needing workers of every educational level and ability, the roster of county employees continues to grow. The county is highly active in attracting new business and supporting the relocation and establishment of businesses moving to the Palm Beaches, offering tax incentives, grants, and other incentives.
An enchanting resort destination in Palm Beach, Florida with European sophistication and inimitable style and grace, Worth Avenue is one of the most beautiful shopping venues in the country. The Avenue’s romantic and celebrated boutiques offer the best of both resort and designer fashion, accessories, gifts, art, antiques, fine and casual dining and home furnishings in a captivating atmosphere rich with old world charm and historical glamour. It is a mere steps from the ocean in an enclave of graceful historic architecture tempered by hometown charm and tropical breezes. There are more than 200 shops and restaurants on Worth Avenue and in its romantic courtyard “vias” – from couture to mom-and-pop boutiques. We have something for everyone, from home furnishings to eyewear, resort fashion to gift shops. There are splashing fountains and sculptures, hidden staircases and climbing bougainvillea.
Most of the stores are art galleries and jewelry stores, but there are your top brand flagship stores like Chanel, Gucci, Michael Kors, Saks, Tiffany, and Neiman Marcus. Still, it feels as if you have traveled to a small village in Venice, with cozy courtyards. It is definitely worth a visit, if not for the people watching, then to take in the romantic courtyards and the beautiful architecture. An evening stroll through the quiet, dimly lit streets, would make a great ending to a romantic date night.
I have yet to come during daytime, but at night, the streets are mostly deserted, save for outdoor restaurants. Probably the most extravagant strip of shopping you'll ever see in your life, unless you have the kind of Millions required to join the jet setting crowd and purchase a nearby winter home for $8-10M or so. A worthwhile stroll to see how the other half (of the 1%ers) live, and take advantage of the beautiful surroundings. In the early 1900s, the west end of Worth Avenue was home to Alligator Joe’s Farm, where Joe entertained winter visitors with his collection of alligators he often wrestled.
There are different local restaurants in this town that serve delicious meals. You can order for any local delicacy or enjoy the abundant rich seafood in the area. Delray Beach and Boca Raton are just a few miles away and there are tons of great people-watching, water-front restaurants there as well.
213 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444, USA
If you are a seafood snob (or any snob since it’s frequented by attractive young socialites), this is the place for you. With a sleek and sophisticated wood and brick interiors, seafood is the star here. If you want them shucked, grilled, sushi-ed fried or few, you will get them here. So fresh they are almost still moving on your plate. Their bakery located above the restaurant provides all of our house made desserts, pies, bread, crackers and pasta. Wine snobs will love the large selection of wines by the glass and bottle –their list is recognized by Wine Spectator as one of the premier wine selections in the country. Here are some noteworthy things to order: Petrossian Caviar Eggs Benedict, Maine Lobster Roll, Carpaccio of Tuna, One Dozen Oysters and Rock Shrimp & Blood Orange Ceviche. Wash it down with Endless Bloody Marys Unlimited Mimosas. Come sober and hungry. Leave tipsy and satiated!
201 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444, USA
Retro cowhide chairs, book-lined walls and a desk-inspired bar make this upscale hangout worth a look, especially with the creative sips and solid American eats. The Office is a place where whimsy and gastronomical delights go hand in hand. It’s a modern American gastropub where the food is as outstanding as the drink and you find yourself in a comfortable limbo between a bar and a restaurant. Some of the palate-pleasing options include burgers, mussels, mac and cheese balls, chicken and waffles or steak and eggs with chimichurri sauce. If you go for brunch, definitely get bottomless drinks because it is not your typical watered-down brunch drink. The prices are not the cheapest, but what can you expect for a place that is in a prime spot on Atlantic Ave. If you want to just chillax then go to the outside area and take in the sights and sounds.
52 North Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444
A hip younger crowd goes gaga over DADA ( French for hobbyhorse) over this “laid-back,” late-night hangout Eclectic- menu and delicious drinks. You can enjoy the funky interior with revolving artwork or you can sit outside under their Ginormous Baynan Tree on a cool night. This is a great date spot for the funkiness and art provide plenty of conversation fodder after you have just awkwardly met your match.com date and wondering what to talk about. Dish to nibble on include Jumbo Crab Cakes, Butternut Squash Ravioli, Filet Mignon, Grilled Brie and wash it down with a Passion Fruit Mojito. Reserve your belly real estate for the delicious Nutella Brulee and smores
840 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483
This place has a ridiculous amount of accolades which range from Best Bar, Best Brunch, Best Bartender, Best Bar Food, Best Happy Hour, Best Oceanfront Dining, Best Intracoastal Dining, Best Live Music, Best Burgers, Best Group Dining…… have you heard enough?
Plan on grabbing a taxi or designate a driver at this place since you want just to enjoy nursing your drinks as you enjoy the people-watching and maybe even fish-watching as you look out over the water here. Solid food choices include truffle fries, brisket sandwich, conch fritters, crab cakes and their burgers have gotten all kinds of accolades as well. Bring a sweatshirt it gets cold in the water!
Rafina Greek Taverna
Boardwalk at Boca Raton, 6877 SW 18th St., Boca Raton / 561.409.3673 / rafinaonline.com
With seating that overlooks the water, you will be transported to the Greek isles. If the ocean view doesn't do it, the Greek dishes will. Made with fresh and locally-sourced ingredients, the menu fuses traditional entrees, such as lamb chops with fresh herbs, garlic and the charbroiled octopus appetizer drizzled in olive oil and red wine sauce, with more contemporary additions such as the baby back ribs and the lamb empanada. The drink list features premium Greek wines plus imaginative craft cocktails, all with the traditional Greek touches... minus the plate-throwing! OPA!!! Dishes to Try:Shrimp and octopus ceviche ($15); Avgolemono Greek soup with egg and lemon ($5); spinach pie "spanakopita" ($15)
Apeiro Delray Marketplace, 14917 Lyons Road, Ste. 100 / 561.501.4443 / delray.apeirorestaurants.com/
When Apeiro opened in January 2015, it immediately caught the attention of local foodies. The Sun Sentinel gave it four stars. Broward Palm Beach New Times named it one of the "10 Best New Restaurants in Delray Beach." It impresses discerning diners with Mediterranean-inspired dishes like the Moroccan-spiced lamb ribs, "catch of the day" kebabs and the roasted branzino. Don't miss the bombolini, sugar-dusted donuts served with Nutella, salted caramel and strawberry-basil sauces or the tuna tartar and roasted Brussel sprouts. Plate-licking good! Dishes to Try:Moroccan spiced lamb ribs ($16); Forest Mushroom flatbread ($14)
Abe & Louie's
2200 Glades Rd.; 561.447.0024
This Steakhouse strives to make the dining experience a memorable one, thanks to its sleek, wood-accented dining room and top-notch staff serving tender hunks of beef and hearty, traditional sides. Creamed corn - not a dish I would usually waste stomach space on, is a worthy use of your precious belly real estate. The combination of smoky bacon, sweet summer corn and caramelized shallots bound by a rich white sauce is creamy, smoky and summery indulgence.
Chops Lobster Bar
101 Plaza Real South; 561-395-2675
The Atlanta-based seafood standout stands out on the crowded upscale Boca restaurant scene with its unique atmosphere — think dimly-let steakhouse with soft music meets New England Oyster Bar. Try the bone-in filet mignon or the flash-fried lobster.
45 Via Naranjas; 561-990-7969
Situated within Royal Palm Place, this fine-dining establishment serves creative New American fare made with local, sustainable ingredients, such as line-caught seafood, duck tacos with orange gastrique to delectable rosemary gnocchi, in a cozy, hues of purple space. The chef got three gold medals at the Culinary Olympics in Germany… enough said.
171 E. Palmetto Park Rd.; 561-996-1234
This rustic but elegant Italian restaurant in Boca Raton continues to impress discerning Floridians with warm hospitality and takes traditional Tuscan cooking taken to new heights. It boasts an expansive wine list and an overall elegant feel. Signature dishes include the lasagnette D'Angelo, the chef's signature lasagna, made with a thick ragu, homemade mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Zagat gave this an honorable mention in their "Truffle Time" guide with all kinds of truffilicious temptations including an elevated Caesar salad with black truffle dressing and risotto with porcini mushrooms, black truffle shavings and Alba truffle oil.
M.E.A.T Eatery and Taproom Boca
980 North Federal Hwy.; 561-419-2600
There's an impressive selection of carnivore-centric fares, like the "Inside-Out Juicy Lucy" made with cheese and a bacon-stuffed Angus beef patty. Does freshness matter to you? Then this little tidbit should impress you. They smoke their meats on site and make their sausage in-house. It's won national accolades for best burger for those of you that like no-nonsense unpretentious food. On the menu dishes like the house-smoked pulled pork, lobster rolls, and wings and pork rinds won't disappoint. They were featured on the Food Network show, Diners Drive-Ins and Dives. The homemade chorizo and chimichurri sandwich are lip-smacking good also and best washed down with craft beer or a glass of wine from their extensive lists.
1901 North Military Trail; 561-417-5836
Adjacent to the Boca Wyndham Hotel is this American eatery offering farm-to-table dishes at a price that is wallet-friendly. Nutritious and nourishing with no deprivation involved, meals explode with color and flavor. The owners are eco-conscious and strive to make your meal creative and consistently delicious with wellness and yumminess at the forefront. Want chemical, hormone, pesticide or antibiotics in your meats? No-where to be found here. Get lost in the lush tropical patio over the signature Buddha bowl (stir-fried garden-fresh vegetables, udon noodles, and shrimp) or the luscious herbed trout with sweet potato hash.
The School District of Palm Beach County, the fifth largest in Florida, and the 13th largest in the country, includes over180 schools, with over 180,000 students and close to 13,000 teachers. The district boasts more than 279 award-winning programs, and features Choice Programs and Career Academies, helping students to follow their dreams and achieve their career goals. Many schools are focusing in International Baccalaureate programs, the Montessori method, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and several languages, as well as language programs and an International Spanish Academy, are available.
Palm Beach County also has many private schools. Both private and public schools in the county offer a wide variety of programs and specialties, sure to enrich the educational experience of any child, helping to form a bright future.
There are many public and private colleges and universities within Palm Beach County along with specialty schools for nursing, technology and the arts.
Palm Beach County is known nationwide for exceptional schools. Since 2006, Palm Beach County school districts have worked hard to receive an “A” rating county wide. Highland Beach Schools are no exception and offers fine public schools, charter schools and private schools for residents. For years, Palm Beach County prides itself on smaller classrooms, advanced learning methods and a success rate higher than most schools in the nation. Academics, extracurricular activities and sports have made Palm Beach Schools very successful.
You’ll find exceptional education and schools throughout Palm Beach County regardless of whether it is a private school or public school. For additional resources about the schools and read school reviews by parents and staff, go to www.GreatSchools.net and https://www.greatschools.org
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There are quite of few private schools in Palm Beach County that are either faith-based, prep schools for college or private schools that specialize in specific learning such as arts and theater, technology and more. Some Palm Beach private schools offer duel enrollment meaning while your high school student attends school, they will receive college credit at the same time they are attending high school. The private schools here are exceptional and rank nationally.
For some, home schooling is the best way to approach education in Florida. While some children do well in classrooms, it is not uncommon for children that are going to school to need tutoring and home schooled. Parents who consider homeschooling their children may be concerned due to lack of outside interaction. Today, the lack of interaction with other school-age kids is not the case as homeschooling is becoming much more prevalent in our society today. There are many resources out there for families who home school their children. For families in Florida, here are useful resources for home schoolers.
The School District of Palm Beach County – offers all the information and documents you will need if you choose to home school your children. Law requirements, intent and disclosure forms as well as useful information for students and parents alike can be found on the site.
Check out the Palm Beach County Public Library- for useful resources for parents and students with curriculum planning, home school planners, and important information on support groups. You’ll find software, videos and books and many of the tools you will need to home school your child.
Support Groups for Home Schoolers – What better way to connect with others who home school their children. It’s a great way to exchange ideas, build relationships and be around people with similar goals in mind.
The Palm Beach County School System focuses their attention on building a community of literate people, who can contribute positively to the development to the community and the entire country. The community has notable public and private schools, with modern facilities, which makes learning fun and interactive. Nearby towns of Boca Raton and West Palm Beach have some of the top public and private schools in the area.
Ann Norton Sculpture Garden
Ann Norton Sculpture Garden has nine monolithic sculptures. Then there is armor art center which is high-quality art school and exhibition center. Like these places there are many other landmarks that are a must see.The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It aims to preserve the gardens as an outdoor setting for sculpture works, which will also benefit the biological chain of plants, wildlife, wild animals, and birds which inhabit or seasonally migrate to the area. The silent, mysterious forms, built over a period of 15 years, were intended to be discovered as surprises amid the dense, jungle-like vegetation.
Angelfish, Turtles, Dolphins, Parrotfish, Grouper, dolphins, soft and hard corals along with excellent visibility provide divers with great year-round conditions. South Florida's reef tract is linear and the warm Gulf stream current flows parallel to the shoreline creating perfect drift diving conditions.
Palm Beach County has some of the top dive sites in the country. Many of the sites are close to shore, so you don't have to spend hours traveling out on a boat to reach them. Palm Beach has a lot of deeper dives and nearby Pompano has more shallow dives. The South East Florida Reef Tract extends from Miami northward to Palm Beach. Greater Ft. Lauderdale accounts for 23 miles in the middle of the tract and the largest number of dive sites, with over 100 reef and wreck sites. Hundreds of species of fish flourish along the coast.
Artificial reefs include sunken wrecks since marine life likes to hide out in protected spaces so you will get the eerie and mysterious beauty of exploring a wreck that has dozens of fish and corals that are on or near it.
YOUTUBE videos of SCUBA DIVING
With lush green rolling hills on a pretty flat landscape with ocean breezes nearby, there are 160 of golf courses in Palm Beach County. Palm Beach County is the golfing capital of the world. The courses attract both amateurs and professionals and there are plenty of Professional Golf Tournaments year-round if you want to see some of your favorites swinging a nine iron.
Private Palm Beach Area Golf Courses & Country Clubs
Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches
If looking for things to do the keep the children entertained, consider attending the Kids Fitness Festival. This festival gives children the opportunity to experience over 45 different sports clinics from sports such as Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Boxing, Cricket, Field Hockey, Fencing, Fishing, Football, Flag Football, Floorball, Golf, Gymnastics, Fitness, Hockey, Judo, Jump Rope, Karate, Lacrosse, Netball, Pickleball, Polo, Roller Hockey, Rugby, Soccer, Tennis, Tae Kwon Do, Volleyball and more. The festival is recommended for kids ages 5 – 12 and is conducted by sports professionals that help children fine tune their skills, or can provide introductions to a specific sport. The Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches is hosted by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission in conjunction with Ronald McDonald House.
Palm Beach is an exciting, growing, city that offers the exciting opportunities for home-owners combined with lots of fun places and refined environment for living and working.