The Palm Beaches, Florida, USA
DISCOVER THE PALM BEACHES
Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official accredited tourism marketing organization that promotes the collection of 39 coastal and inland cities and towns commonly referred to as “The Palm Beaches,” an area of southeast Florida that spans more than 2,300 square miles including 47 miles of pristine, golden beaches from Jupiter and Tequesta to Delray Beach and Boca Raton.
The Palm Beaches are home to over 18K hotel rooms, ranging from historic resorts to boutique inns and feature more than 100 family-friendly attractions, world-class luxury ranging from iconic shopping venues to antique shopping experiences, award-winning restaurants with famed chefs and a thriving entertainment scene boasting more than 200 art and culture organizations. For outdoor adventurers, 125 miles of peaceful waterways for on- or in-the-water activities, and 160 artificial reefs along the Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf Stream current await, as do 160 golf courses.
Filled with historic splendor, a vibrant blend of cultures, and a lengthy list of one-of-a kind experiences, The Palm Beaches boasts genuine hospitality that welcomes everyone. Nestled along the Southeast Florida coast, between Miami and Orlando, this gentler side of Florida features a diverse range of experiences without the density, a plenitude of historical treasures, modern additions, and abundance of natural wonders for outdoor for continued adventure. From best-in-class sports and spas to stellar arts and entertainment, The Palm Beaches, America’s First Resort Destination, have been world renowned by distinguished guests for over 125 years. The Palm Beaches are America’s First Resort Destination.
The Palm Beaches tourism in the late 1800’s when Henry Morrison Flagler -John D. Rockefeller’s partner at Standard Oil, brought the East Coast Railway to the southeast coast of Florida. He fell in love with the area and declared the destination a veritable paradise. Shortly after, he set out to build the first resort in Palm Beach. After teaming success, and an additional property, visitors started to describe their time in The Palm Beaches as their “Winter Getaway”. Creating seasonal galas and not to be missed events, the sub-tropical destination created a landscape for experiencing our Gilded Age-old hospitality. Architect Addison Mizner followed closely and left his mark on parts of the destination with inspiration from his travels throughout Europe. Incorporating archways that are enveloped with bright bougainvillea and stairways with outward facing vibrant mosaic tiles. Today, explore and experience the unspoiled touches of the past in The Palm Beaches.
In 1878, a Spanish ship carrying 20,000 coconuts wrecked just off the South Florida coast, in what is known today as the Town of Palm Beach. Locals planted the non-native seeds, growing palm trees and giving the area the tropical island feel for which it’s now known. Today, 39 Florida cities, towns and villages make up The Palm Beaches, each with its own distinct personality.
The historic heart of Downtown West Palm Beach is Clematis Street, where colorful boutiques and antiques shops sit side by side with sidewalk cafes, nightclubs, and historic landmarks. Clematis by Night, which takes place every Thursday evening, brings out sun-kissed fun-seekers for a free weekly concert, dancing and the happiest of hours by the West Palm Beach Waterfront.
Boca Raton’s beaches and natural features are peaceful and beautiful, but the pink-hued Mediterranean Revival architecture, a vision of architect Addison Mizner from the 1920s, is what makes the city so wonderfully bright. Mizner Park was constructed in this memorable architectural style with perfectly landscaped grounds, upscale shops, eateries, and cultural attractions — putting Boca Raton at the top of the list of must-see Florida cities.
In Jupiter, history buffs can get their fill of the historical ties to the areas first inhabitants and pioneer families by touring the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, lighting the way for ships since 1860. In Palm Beach, shop the boutiques along historic Worth Avenue – a three-block-long street that spans from the Atlantic Ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway, and then tour Flagler’s Winter Residence turned museum (The Flagler Museum), a breathtaking 75-room Gilded Age estate.
Festivals capture the color and local culture of the destination year-round. The Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth Beach, held each February, showcases this creative community’s love for the arts, while the western-style culture of the Village of Wellington is best experienced during the Winter Equestrian Festival from January through April. The big-city sophistication yet small-town feel of Delray Beach shines through during the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens’ international celebration of Japanese culture each April during its Hatsume Fair.
Enjoy the relaxing side of Florida away from big resorts and cities in Boynton Beach. Shopping, small diners and unassuming waterside restaurants capture the charm of small-town Florida. Head inland to Lake Okeechobee and The Glades to experience part of the area’s agricultural riches and Florida Everglades, which provide natural delights and a welcomed slower pace from the city.
Now’s the time to explore all 39 cities, towns, and villages of The Palm Beaches.
ART & CULTURE INT HE PALM BEACHES
Look past our golden sands and turquoise waters and you will find an abundance of Art & Culture. The Palm Beaches are known as the Florida’s Cultural Capital® for good reason.
From festivals featuring elaborate 3D chalk paintings to 21st-century modern masterpieces, every medium you can imagine is celebrated during The Palm Beaches’ year-long lineup of events.
It all premieres with The Palm Beach Show, known for its high-end showcase spanning every genre and mixing many periods and movements. The Palm Beach Jewelry and Art show will offer one-of-a-kind antiques and timeless pieces.
Happening each February, ArtiGras is consistently ranked among the top 50 art events in the country. Here you’ll find art in every medium at a marketplace of 300 local and national fine artists, plus live entertainment, artist demonstrations and a creative ArtiKids Zone.
From epic street art in West Palm Beach and the annual street art festival in Lake Worth Beach to world-class cultural institutions like the Norton Museum of Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art and Morikami Japanese Gardens you can see one-of-a-kind works at the exhibits. Enjoy art amidst the history that created it at the Flagler Museum or enjoy a show at any of the plentitude of theatre and concert venues the destination has to offer. Be inspired by The Palm Beaches.
CULINARY IN THE PALM BEACHES
Savor and Sip the Best of The Palm Beaches. Diverse and colorful plates with warm and delectable tastes bring The Palm Beaches to life.
When visiting The Palm Beaches, it’s a good idea to come hungry—even if you aren’t attending one of our amazing food, wine and beer festivals. Heavenly aromas and delectable displays of culinary creativity come courtesy of our top chefs, craft brewers and sommeliers.
The Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival is like winter camp for the culinary industry’s biggest names, from Food Network stars to James Beard-winning chefs like Daniel Boulud, taking place each December. The destination is filled with both celebrated chefs and celebrity chefs too.. The south Florida agriculture lends itself to and abundance of fresh produce, while fresh seafood is always accessible given the destination’s proximity to the Atlantic coast waters, both coming together to create those mouthwatering menu offerings, with a local twist. Try it for yourself at Swank Specialty Produce’s chef tasting events or multi-course on-farm dinner experiences. Happening only a few times a year enjoy a coursed dinner prepared by only the best local chefs, featuring live entertainment and local vendors.
Stop at the Delray Beach Market – the largest food hall in Florida – to enjoy whatever it is you set your sights on. Sweet and decadent ice cream treats are layered high for an extra dose of sweetness in The Palm Beaches, while a diverse assortment of vendors represent the diversity of cuisine of the local community.
For discerning travelers who won’t settle for the ordinary, o world class shopping beckons. Stroll through the enchanting via’s of Worth Avenue while exploring uniquely curated boutiques and make sure to stop at the birthplace of the US resort-wear brand Lilly Pulitzer, where guests can customize their own shift dresses and handbags. West Palm Beach’s Antique Row invites those with an eye for finer furnishings with more then 40+ high-end antique and upscale consignment shops. Continue in downtown Delray Beach, where boutiques line the pedestrian-friendly main street along with national designer brands offering specialty collections to those in The Palm Beaches.
The Palm Beach Outlets are home to over 115 designer brands all set in a covered outdoor breezeway, while five traditional malls invite visitors to shop their unique indoor settings, including Town Center at Boca Raton and The Gardens Mall.
EVENT & SPORTING ACTIVITIES
Whether you are ready to hit the deep blue on a fishing charter or teeing it up on one of our championship courses there is plenty to keep active. Winter season is host to the largest Equestrian Festival at the International Polo Complex in Wellington, FL. Not only is the Winter Equestrian Festival one of the largest annual sporting event in The Palm Beaches, it’s also the longest-running equestrian event in the world. It attracts national and international athletes competing for prizes, readying for the Olympics, or beginning careers in equestrian. This also runs alongside the destination’s Polo Season.
The PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens has been the permanent home to The Honda Classic since 2007. The club consists of five elegant 18-hole courses, but The Honda Classic is played on the distinctive Champion Course every year. The course was redesigned in 2014 and is now famous for “The Bear Trap,” a challenging three-hole stretch designed by the Golden Bear himself, Jack Nicklaus.
It’s sunny and warm (not too warm), and you’re at the ballpark with the family watching the Washington Nationals at The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches or cheering on their Spring Training neighbors, the St. Louis Cardinals, at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. The players are relaxed, signing autographs, talking to fans and learning to play as a team again after a winter break.
The Palm Beaches are the Spring Training location for the Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros and Miami Marlins. From superstars and rookies to guys just trying to make the team, Spring Training is a fan-friendly atmosphere everyone should experience at least once. In The Palm Beaches, sports fans can enjoy not one but two baseball stadiums.
See current and past legends of professional tennis compete at the 2021 Delray Beach Open. This ATP 250 tournament consists of competitive, single-elimination singles and doubles events, featuring some of the top-ranked men’s professionals in the world. There’s also an ATP Champions Tour Legends Team Event, which will see former top-10 players team up for a showdown of Team Americas vs. Team World.
All these events happening under the swaying palms in the destination.
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