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Palm Beach, Florida, Usa

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Palm Beach Overview

Palm Beach is not just a great place to cure the winter blues.  This glamorous town is a year round destination offering the best of everything from shopping to dining.  After all, celebrities and royalty wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Palm Beach is on the east coast of Florida and situated on a barrier island.  Its weather is mostly hot during the summer and temperate the remainder of the year.  This attracts visitors who enjoy a round of golf in mid December while it snows elsewhere in the country.  It also lures tourists who enjoy white sandy beaches and a vibrant night life.

Palm Beach has been home to important personalities in the world of politics, music, literature and even royalty.  Among these are the Kennedy’s, E.F. Hutton, Jimmy Buffet and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. 

You’ll be able to find everything you’re looking for in Palm Beach.  There are fabulous golf resorts, luxurious spas, tennis courts, elegant restaurants and some of the world’s best shopping.  It also features a rich cultural scene with opera, ballet the symphony and even some Broadway productions.  With its premier venue the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, visitors can enjoy over 900 events every year. 

Not enough can be said about Palm Beach museums and galleries.  They exhibit world-class collections of sculpture, porcelain and paintings.  Some of the local galleries have been considered leaders in the arts.   Of the most acclaimed is the Wally Findlay Galleries, an icon since 1870. 

Palm Beach is also home to national historic landmarks like Mar-a-Lago.  This amazing estate once belonged to Marjorie Merriweather Post and her husband E.F Hutton.  Today it’s still the venue of Cinderella style Balls.  These are frequently organized to raise money for important institutions and charities like the American Red Cross. 

Palm Beach was first established as a resort for the wealthy by philanthropist and business man Henry Morrison Flagler.  Visitors can visit his mansion comprised of 55 opulent rooms all decorated in furnishings from the period.  It’s interesting to note that this majestic icon has been included in the same category as some of the finest palaces in Europe. 

With Palm Beach’s popularity as an all time favorite resort destination, restaurants now remain open every month of the year.  But travelers need not worry as there’s everything from elegant and expensive, to casual and affordable when it comes to dining.  Many eateries enjoy the vistas of the waterfront and offer docking space for people who arrive by yacht or water taxi.  The cuisine is beyond fantastic, centering on fresh seafood and the finest quality beef.   

And if you love to shop, you won’t find better quality goods than what’s available along the famous Worth Avenue.  It’s often compared to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California.  The list of designers reads like a who’s who in fashion.  You can also pick up a bargain at selected boutiques and resale stores.  And for antiques there’s no place like Palm Beach.  

What once was the playground of the rich and famous is today a unique vacation destination offering something for everyone.

 

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