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Palm Beach FL

Palm Beach, FL

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A well-heeled destination with plenty to see and savor, Palm Beach is a leisured playground set against the tropical landscape of South Florida. International visitors head for the beaches, shopping and a gilded social season that takes place between November and April. That is when the vacation population swells and the calendar of local events peaks, adding more things to do in Palm Beach for fun.

Developed at the turn of the 20th century as a warm-weather resort for the prosperous, the town reflects its lineage in the number of fine homes set among quiet palm-lined streets and along scenic Ocean Boulevard. Beyond parties and mansions, Palm Beach offers visitors attractions ranging from culture and dining to fashion and oceanfront leisure.

Palm Beach is set apart from the neighboring communities of West Palm Beach and Lake Worth by three bridges: Flagler Memorial Bridge in the north, Royal Park Bridge and Southern Boulevard Bridge at the south. Must-dos include touring the Flagler Museum at majestic Beaux-Arts mansion Whitehall. The Gilded Age mansion was the seasonal residence of Henry Flagler, the oil and railroad magnate responsible for the early development of Palm Beach. Facing the placid waters of the Intracoastal Waterway on one side, the museum is filled with ornate furniture and art, as well as artifacts documenting the social activities that took place at the house during its heyday. Other things to do in Palm Beach include hitting the tidy beachfront spots along Ocean Boulevard, taking in a cabaret dinner show at the historic Colony Hotel and viewing the latest exhibit at the Four Arts Society.

Enjoy a savory respite between visits to Palm Beach attractions at one of the caf├ęs or restaurants in town. Hamburger Habit is a popular spot for breakfast or lunch, and elegant dinner destinations include Cafe L'Europe, Chez Jean-Pierre Bistro and the Palm Restaurant. The Seafood Bar at the Breakers is an ideal spot to enjoy fresh fish or a glass of wine over crisp, front-row ocean views.

Known as a capital of luxury shopping, Palm Beach features a wealth of international couturiers and galleries along Worth Avenue and County Road. Duck into 150 Worth to browse an outdoor collection of fine retailers, or cross the bridge into West Palm Beach to visit shops along Clematis Street, with many familiar chain retailers among them.

Green spaces and fountains enhance the visual elegance of Palm Beach, providing quiet places to relax and enjoy the temperate climate that prevails during most of the year. A manicured greenway dotted with Spanish fountains is found outside the historic town hall on South County Road. At the southern tip of town is R. G. Kreusler Park, a four-acre span of beachfront ideal for fishing and sunbathing. Visitors interested in touring the area by boat can head a short distance off the island and select from the water tours offered at Sailfish Marina or the Riviera Beach Marina.

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