Palm Beach is the winter home for the rich and famous. The summer population
of this long, narrow island habitat is around 9500 but triples in the winter
Sightseeing: View rows of magnificent homes along Ocean Boulevard, such as
Donald Trump's Mar-a-Largo.
For exclusive shopping - (window shopping for most of us) Worth Avenue has
Cartier, Gucci, Chanel, Armani and the likes.
The Breakers (561 655-6611) is an extremely large and elegant hotel built
in 1926 with Italian Renaissance décor modeled after the Villa Medici in
Rome. Local historians lead a free one-hour tour, usually one day a week.
For vacation rental homes click here.
There are two public beaches on the island, Midtown Beach and Phipps Ocean
For more information contact Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce at 561 655-3282
or go to www.palmbeachchamber.com
West Palm Beach is a much larger modern city with a population around 760,000
people. It is home to the excellent Norton Museum of Art (www.norton.org)
which showcases the works of Chagall, Cezanne, Renoire, Gauguin and other
artists from the French Impressionist era as well as 20th Century American
and Chinese art.
For information and brochures for West Palm Beach, contact Palm Beach
County Convention & Visitors Bureau (800) 833-5733
John D. MacArthur State Park is the place to retreat back into the natural
world of Florida. Leatherback turtles nest along the beach from May to
August. The park has an aquarium and nature center, and holds ranger-led
snorkeling and turtle watching trips.
Reservations should be made a month in advance for tours during the months
of June and July. (561 624-6952)