Palm Beach Area Information
Early settlers give the following account of the area, Palm Beach received its name from a shipwreck named the "Providencia." The ship washed ashore in January of 1878 with a load of cocoanuts bound from Havana to Barcelona. Early settlers lost no time claiming salvage and planting the cocoanuts which were not native to South Florida in an effort to create tropical South Florida as a commercial cocoanut industry player. Among those to buy land were Henry M. Flagler, a millionaire industrialist and owner of the Florida East Coast Railway. Many other early homesteaders found themselves very wealthy, as orders had been given to buy "at any price." The town was incorporated on April 17, 1911 and soon began long range plans to develop and protect the island paradise. In the year of 1929, the Garden Club of Palm Beach joined the Town and formally sponsored the preparation of a Town Plan. After over 70 years the Town today has a Strategic Plan and and a Comprehensive Plan which guide continuing efforts to preserve the awesome beauty of Palm Beach, Florida.
As the Atlantic Gulf Stream approaches the Palm Beach County coast it brings with it warm waters from the south. Palm Beach County's outdoor activities go on throughout the year due to a moderate type of climate. Tempered by ocean breezes, summer temperatures are fantastic for all activities indoors and outdoors.
Palm Beach Airport information
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Palm Beach Destinations
The coast of north Florida continues on with a stimulating metropolitan scene, but the level of exclusivity, wealth and cultural offerings jump upwards a bit earining it the nicknames the Gold Coast. Or perhaps it’s the golden sands that line a great expanse of beachline.
Palm Beach, right in the middle of all this, the essence of the social climate as a centuries-old playground of the rich and celebrated. A railroad tycoon, Henry Flagler brought his railroad to town and erected fabulous hotels for his passengers, the town has been one and the same with luxury. One of the favourite pastimes for today’s visitors is to simply drive around the island and gaze at the magnificently wonderful mansions, then head to one of its landmark restaurants to try and spot a star or political celebrity.
For a suggestion, visit Whitehall, Flagler’s Gilded Age mansion and monument to opulence. Downtown Palm Beach, along famed Worth Avenue, is celebrated for its Mediterranean-style architecture and upscale shops. Theatres, museums and galleries create an aura of high-brow culture that continues onto the mainland at
West Palm Beach.
Today West Palm has developed a distinctive personality all its own. Its downtown district keeps lively with jolly clubs and restaurants, shops and street festivals. Norton Museum of Art sets a high standard for the artistic. The whole family will enjoy a nice-sized zoo, a hands-on science museum, and, on the western edge of town, Lion Country Safari, where visitors drive through while lions, elephants, giraffes and other African wildlife roam free.
A couple of other great attractions are, the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge that protects the native animals that thrive in an Everglades environment. Then, on the opposite side, an unparalleled selection and quality of golf courses for which the Palm Beach area is highly renowned. Great resorts and clubs are hosts to the PGA pros and tournaments, and just everyday golfers who love to play the game all year round.
Moving northward, Palm Beach County adopts a stronger environmental consciousness in areas developed later. For example Peanut Island preserves a nature sanctuary in the middle of the Intracoastal Waterway, along with a bunker that was built for President John F. Kennedy, whose family owned a home on Palm Beach during the Cuban missile crisis. John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is an example of pristine shoreline, with a nature centre and environmental programmes to keep it that way through education. In Juno Beach, Loggerhead Park and The Marinelife Centre of Juno Beach are committed to nesting sea turtles during the summer months and host turtle walks and exhibits. In Jupiter, fish at the jetty beach park, catch a charter for deep-sea fishing, visit an art museum, and climb the lighthouse that dates back from the year 1860.
Jupiter Island and Hobe Sound are yet more removed from the metropolitan world and more entrenched in nature. Environment’s champions include Blowing Rocks Preserve, Jonathan Dickinson State Park and Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, which conducts late-night sea turtle patrol walks to look for and mark nests.
South of Palm Beach, the beachfront stretches to encompass a litany of upmarket communities new and old including Lake Worth, Manalapan, Boynton Beach and Delray Beach. Even the scuba diving in these parts is upmarket, including the “wreck” of a Mercedes-Benz. Luxury name-brand resorts grace these privileged sands, along with some small inn gems. Delray Beach, in particular, exudes yesteryear charm that shows in its accommodations as well as its downtown shopping district and new cultural loop. Its Delray Affair festival celebrates its strong sense of community. On its outskirts, the history of its Japanese immigrant population is told at The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, a superbly serene oasis. A developing orchid garden nearby provides still more sanctuary for the soul.
This fabulous road to riches ends at Boca Raton, a beach community with a lot to offer families as well as lovers of the fine pleasures of shopping and dining establishments. Visit the Gumbo Limbo Nature Centre, Coconut Cove Water Park, Little Palm Family Theatre and Children’s Museum. A couple to try are the Mizner Park shopping and Boca Raton Museum of Art for something more adultish.
PALM BEACH VAN RENTALS
Palm Beach Van Rentals
- Florida Van Rentals is located just minutes from the Palm Beach Airport
- Free Vehicle pickups and/or drop-offs available for Van Rentals at Palm Beach Airport
- We service most Florida Airports
- Travel out of state is permitted with your Palm Beach Van Rental
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