Palm BeachAfter Henry Flagler, came Addison Mizner, an architect with a penchant for Mediterranean-styles. Both men dreamed of Palm Beach as an affluent mecca and since that time Palm Beach has attracted money and influence. Palatial homes of the rich and famous including Perry Como, the Kennedy's, and Donald Trump dot the island. The Gilded Age estate of Flagler, which is a National Historic Landmark, is open to the public as the Flagler Museum where Flagler's private railcar is exhibited on the South Lawn.
As one of the world's premier destinations, Palm Beach's warm and breezy climate is perfect for just about every recreational activity imaginable and Palm Beach and its neighbor to the west, West Palm Beach, provides them all golf, croquet, tennis, horseback riding, polo, and rollerblading. Plus, the area boasts 47 miles of pristine beaches, superb parks, unique attractions, cultural venues, shopping, and a fantastic nightlife. Connoisseurs of fine dining delight in the vast selection of four-star restaurants with plenty of after-dinner delights including after-hour cafes, dinner theaters and discos.
Palm Beach advertises itself as offering "The Best of Everything." No doubt that is true but it is not financially accessible to everyone. Although the area boasts 16,000 guest rooms in more than 200 hotels offering accommodations to fit any budget, its "affordable luxury" may be out of reach for some.