Located on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, Palm Beach is synonymous with a luxurious lifestyle begun in the early 1900’s by wealthy industrialists from northern states as a winter retreat. It is home to grand estates such as Whitehall, gourmet restaurants, and international boutiques. Even the upscale thrift shops offer once-worn designer labels. Surrounding communities include Jupiter Island, Tequesta, Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Worth and Wellington where polo, the sport of kings, is a seasonal event—pack a picnic and a bottle of champagne.
From lavish resorts and elegant hotels like the Breakers, the Bradley House, the Four Seasons Resort, or the Ambassador Hotel, to cozy cottages and intimate bed and breakfast lodging such as the Colony Hotel, the Chesterfield, the Brazilian Court, and the Palm Beach Historic Inn, visitors will enjoy a wide range of accommodations and outstanding amenities.
Excellent dining includes the Ocean Bistro at the Four Seasons, Amici Ristorante & Bar, Anthony’s Bistro, Brewzzi, Café Boulud at the Brazilian Court, the Grill at the Ritz Carlton, Moquita, and the Yard House.
Experience a “Gilded Age” tea at the Flagler Museum, or shop Worth Avenue boutiques, the Gardens at the Palm Beaches, City Place, or the Mall at Wellington Green.
Museums to visit are the Burt Reynolds and Friends Museum, Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, International Children’s Museum, Museum of the City of Lake Worth, National Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame, and the Palm Beach Maritime Museum.
Nature museums include Blowing Rocks Preserve/The Nature Conservancy, Loxahatchee Natural History Museum, Loggerhead Marine Life Center, Sandoway House & Nature Center, and Lion Country Safari.
The city’s major events are the Cultural Festival, Oshogatsu Festival, Sunshine League Polo, Palm Beach Winter Antiques Show, South Florida Fair, Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Delray Beach Festival of the Arts, and Winter Equestrian Festival.
Outdoor activities range from championship golf at The Club at Winston Hills and Grand Lacuna Golf Club to deep sea fishing, diving, and spectator sports at the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club or baseball’s spring training at the Roger Dean Stadium.
Written by: Natasha Lawrence