Wealth is the defining feature in the oceanfront enclave of Palm Beach. The luxurious homes here routinely sell for tens of millions of dollars, and while the Kennedy clan are no longer regular visitors, a laundry list of celebrities and entrepreneurs are. Famous Palm Beach residents include Howard Stern, Jimmy Buffett and Rush Limbaugh, along with tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams and billionaire Donald Trump, whose owned Mar-a-Lago oceanfront property since 1985. The rich history of the area is as magnificent as the real estate, dating back to the 1800s and the days of railroad tycoon and Palm Beach founder, Henry M. Flagler.
The Palm Beaches consists of 39 unique cities and towns that bring together 15 distinct districts—12 that focus on shopping and dining experiences, two for eco-adventures and one centered on the Arts & Entertainment District. It’s a vibrant destination fortunate to savor the special appeal of a subtropical weather and within reach of miles of pristine beaches like Palm Beach and Singer Island. Some of the most affluent visitors vacation in the area to enjoy the year-round excitement, attractions, architecture, renowned art centers and some of the nation’s most alluring and beautiful waterfronts. Palm Beach is also home to many historic neighborhoods and sights—many are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Palm Beaches is an area that loves its waterfront, beaches, shopping and cultural offerings. On the northern end of Palm Beach, Jupiter boasts beautiful beaches and a less-bustling pace. Visit the Jupiter Lighthouse, a distinctive, historic landmark built in 1860. Those who love golf will also adore Jupiter, known for its expansive courses, which are perfect to relax in and play a game or two. For world-class shopping and dining, visit Boca Town Center, CityPlace or Mizner Park, which are filled with restaurants to please every palate, plus an amphitheater that books nationally known acts. If a day of pampering is preferred, a wealth of luxurious spas recognized internationally for their rejuvenating treatments abound in Palm Beach.
For a glimpse into Palm Beach founder, Henry Flagler's life, accomplishments and an equally fascinating period in American history, visit the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum. Completed in 1902, Whitehall, the Gilded Age estate of Flagler, is one of Palm Beach's most beloved treasures. This National Historic Landmark allows generations to experience a bygone era of beaux-arts grandeur. Channel the main star in “Pretty Woman” for a shopping spree in Worth Avenue. Cartier, Chanel, Gucci and Hermès are some of the high-end brands in this coveted strip, along with independently owned boutiques such as Betteridge, Maus & Hoffman and Sherry Frankel's Melangerie.