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Known simply as "The Island", Palm Beach is an affluent town located on an 18-mile-long barrier island separated from West Palm Beach and Lake Worth by the Intracoastal Waterway. From May to October, the average high temperatures in Palm Beach are 86 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (30 to 32 degrees Celsius), with lows of 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 24 degrees Celsius). During the winter months, the average high temperature ranges from 75 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit (24 to 28 degrees Celsius), and the average low temperature ranges from of 57 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit (14 to 19 degrees Celsius).
"Wintering in Palm Beach" began in the 1880's when Standard Oil magnate Henry Morrison Flagler built a railroad across Florida and grand hotels on the tropical barrier island. His friends and fellow captains of industry were invited to rejuvenate in the sunshine by day and attend lavish formal parties by night. By the early 1900s, Palm Beach was the vacation destination of choice for the wealthiest Americans living in the Northeast. Today, Palm Beach real estate includes sprawling estate homes and modern condominium developments, including 3550 South Ocean and Bellaria.
The polished avenues leading to the pristine beaches and Lake Worth are lined with towering Ficus hedges and Coconut Palms. The main streets feature rows of the more stately Royal Palms. One can only glimpse the magnificent estates through the lush flowering landscapes and ornate gated driveways that meet the street.
Attractions in Palm Beach include Worth Avenue, an iconic shopping and dining street stretching 4 blocks from Lake Worth to the Atlantic Ocean. The Breakers Hotel is an historic oceanfront hotel featuring a spa, restaurants, nightlife, pools, shopping and a championship golf course. Breaker's Row offers 86 luxury residences right next to the iconic resort. The Flagler Museum features grand architecture and artwork throughout the former 73-room estate of Henry Flagler. For outdoor pursuits, Palm Beach Lake Trail features a 5-mile waterfront path for walking, jogging and biking.
The Palm Beach of old is giving way to a new, less formal, more diverse and youthful society. You can still belong to the Society of the Four Arts and frequent the Palm Beach Symphony. Memberships to the elite Everglades Club, Sailfish Club, Bath and Tennis Club or Palm Beach Country Club are also still available. However, Clematis Street and City Place in West Palm Beach are just a bridge away. The Raymond Kravis Center for The Performing Arts offers dining, art and culture. International polo matches and equestrian events are a short drive westward to the Palm Beach Polo Club in Wellington.
Palm Beach is home to the Palm Beach Public Elementary School and teaches kindergarten through fifth grade. The Palm Beach Day Academy is a private school on the island. Other schools are located just a bridge away.
Much of Palm Beach's charm derives from its architecture, which is a collage of Italian, Spanish and Moorish styles made famous by Addison Mizner, Maurice Fatio, John Volk and others. Palm Beach real estate will always be the "Gold Standard" of Florida's Gold Coast.
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