Explore and discover your story in Palm Beach County, Florida. From sporting events and eco-adventures to premier hotels and culinary experiences, America’s First Resort Destination inspires inexhaustible exploration. The following feature or editorial ideas are only the beginning of the diversity of experiences waiting to be discovered throughout the destination of The Palm Beaches & Boca Raton.
The Palm Beaches bring together 15 distinct districts – 12 featuring shopping and dining, two focused on eco-adventures, and one containing the Convention Center and surrounding entertainment. Located up and down the coast and west out to Lake Okeechobee, each district offers a completely unique experience, culture, and collection of events for visitors to enjoy. These districts include: Palm Beach and Worth Avenue, Clematis Street, CityPlace and Convention & Entertainment District in West Palm Beach, Northwood Village, Antique Row, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter/Juno Beach Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Downtown Boca Raton, Boca Town Center and Glades Road, Wellington, and Lake Okeechobee.
In 1893, Henry M. Flagler declared Palm Beach as a “veritable paradise.” That year, Flagler set about building the largest wooden structure in the world – The Royal Poinciana Hotel – in Palm Beach, and connected his railroad from the northern United States to South Florida. In 1896, Flagler opened the Palm Beach Inn, which soon became known as The Breakers Palm Beach – now a legendary, five-star resort. Just 18 years later, the town of Palm Beach was incorporated. Since then, everyone from Hollywood stars to heads of state, from literary and artistic icons to Old Money and international business magnates have come to enjoy this lush island as a vacation destination. Take an in-depth look at some of our time-honored resorts, explore our history at the Flagler Museum, learn about our past on a walking tour down Worth Avenue, and appreciate the architecture from one of the county’s first developers, Addison Mizner, along Mizner Park, all here in America’s First Resort Destination®.
Beaches, Waterways and Marine
With more than 47 miles of Atlantic coastline and countless waterways, there is no shortage of liquid assets to enjoy in The Palm Beaches. From fishing, diving and snorkeling to sailing, boating and yachting, the range of on- or in-the-water experiences are endless. With an average annual temperature of 75 degrees and ample Florida sunshine, the area’s enviable weather creates an ideal environment for year-round outdoor fun. Close proximity to the Gulf Stream means comfortable ocean temperatures as well, making our Atlantic waters warm for bathers and extra clear for divers. For a day on the water, an abundance of marinas up and down the Intracoastal Waterway makes docking a yacht or chartering a boat a simple task.
Lake Okeechobee, which borders the county to the west, is world famous for its big bass. Anglers from all over drop their lines in what is the second largest freshwater lake in the United States, anxious to catch their “trophy fish.” To the east, nowhere does the warm northward current of the Gulf Stream come closer to the continental U.S. than off The Palm Beaches’ coastline. In between these famous fishing waters lie uncounted miles of productive fishing canals, estuaries, and the Intracoastal Waterway. The fishing season is virtually year-round, but specific species of fish are more prolific certain times of the year. While the winter is peak for bass and ladyfish, the transition into spring means snook and blue marlin. Under the summer sun, fishermen can find concentrations of dolphin (the fish), wahoo, sailfish and an occasional tuna. In the fall, black and silver mullet travel south along coastal beaches, as do bluefish, snook, tarpon, barracuda, kingfish and jack crevalle, to name just a few. And year-round, water-bound travelers enjoy free boat and kayak docking along any of the ports on along The Palm Beaches’ Intracoastal.