Boca Raton is a paradise for both visitors and residents with its hotels, public golf courses, private golf clubs and restaurants. During the Florida land boom of the 1920s, Addison Mizner’s Ritz-Carlton Cloister Inn was built and is known today as the Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. The development’s distinctive Mediterranean Revival style set the standard for much of Boca’s architecture. Boca Raton is also a shopper’s haven with the unique boutiques and designer shops of the Boca Town Center rounding out the many downtown options at Mizner Park that include alfresco cafes with international cuisine, cultural centers, cinemas, the Boca Raton Museum of Art and an amphitheater featuring live performances throughout the year.
The birthplace of the IBM personal computer, Boca Raton has a concentration of technology, medical, financial, security and educational businesses. It is also known for its high quality public and private schools, as well as several colleges and universities to include Florida Atlantic University with 30,000 students and Lynn University (host of the final 2012 presidential debate).
In addition to a successful business environment, Boca Raton is a community well known for its high quality of life and residents are proud of the city’s efforts to maintain and constantly improve the streets and natural areas. The beaches are beautifully preserved and pristine. City beach parks include South Beach Park with its fishing pier and Red Reef Park where snorkelers can enjoy a living reef just offshore without the expense of renting a boat. Within Red Reef, Gumbo Limbo Environmental Education Center is a 20-acre protected barrier island that provides refuge to many varieties of plants and animals, including sea turtles and other rare or endangered species. read more
Delray Beach has one of the most thriving downtowns in all of Palm Beach and was recently awarded “Best of the Road – Most Fun Small Town in America” by Rand McNally & USA Today. With close to 70 places for dining and nightlife and its own distinct arts district - all fringed by a sprawling white sand beach - Delray Beach is where the New York Times noted that “an influx of design-conscious establishments along East Atlantic Avenue has brought in a new energy: creative, stylish and yet attitude-free.” The town is considered a leading figure in Florida’s growing historic preservation movement and has designated several neighborhoods as historic districts. In the heart of downtown Delray Beach is Old School Square Cultural Arts Center - the multi-million dollar centerpiece of the historic downtown shopping district that houses a museum and theater as well as an outdoor entertainment pavilion.
Adjacent to Old School Square is Pineapple Grove, an area filled with art galleries and sculptures by local artists. The Cornell Museum of Art & American Culture, the Crest Theatre, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, the American Orchid Society’s world headquarters, the Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Cason Cottage Museum and the Delray Beach Playhouse round out the town’s many cultural offerings. Of course, one of Delray Beach’s main attractions is the two-mile long public beachfront with beaches for sunbathing, recreational events, swimming and other activities. read more
The Town of Palm Beach (also known as the Island of Palm Beach, not to be confused with Palm Beach County) is world-renowned for its beauty, quality of life and small-town character. Developed as a vacation destination at the beginning of the 20th Century by Henry Morrison Flagler, whose Florida East Coast Railway was largely responsible for developing the southern half of the state, the Town of Palm Beach has become synonymous with comfortable living. The nucleus of the community was established by Flagler’s two luxury resort hotels, the Royal Poinciana Hotel and The Breakers Hotel, which catered to the scions of “Gilded Age” families and their attendants. Marketed as a place where the wealthiest of the wealthy could retreat from the harsh winter climates of the north, Palm Beach soon became famous for the great houses these captains of industry would erect and, eventually, retire to.
Palm Beach is noted for its social and cultural scene, to include the Society of the Four Arts with a campus complete with library, exhibition gallery, auditorium, as well as botanical and sculpture gardens. Worth Avenue is known as one of the most beautiful shopping venues in the country with its European sophistication, romantic vias and celebrated boutiques offering the best of designer fashion, art, antiques and furnishings. You’ll also find the lavish Mar-a-Lago estate, built in the 1920s by cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post on what now is believed to be the most valuable parcel of land in the state. Today, it’s an ultra-private club owned by Donald Trump. read more
Jupiter is rich in history and Florida lore, with the earliest known records of the Jupiter Inlet dating back to 1565. It’s most identifiable landmark, the Jupiter Lighthouse, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Jupiter enjoys a vibrant cultural life as the home of the Florida History Center & Museum, as well as several annual arts and entertainment festivals. Jupiter is also home to the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals spring training facilities.
Exciting new developments include the Jupiter Riverwalk, a master planned multi-phased recreational corridor where visitors will be able to enjoy a scenic walk or bike ride and check out points of interest and attractions along the way. Over half of its 2.5 miles are already completed and accessible. Construction has also begun on Harbourside Place, a waterfront development featuring an entertainment plaza and outdoor amphitheater, retail and office space, restaurants, hotel accommodations and marina slips.
Jupiter is well known for its beautiful beaches with some of the most beautiful scuba diving locations in the state, where large numbers of rays, eels and fish make their homes along the many miles of reef lines. Jupiter’s beaches are also accommodating to dog owners, with dogs permitted on non-guarded beaches as long as they are on a leash. There are a number of lakes and ponds in Jupiter that permit canoeing and kayaking, while the waterways are a haven for bird watchers, as there are many varieties of birds to include great blue herons, hawks, ospreys, spoonbills, brown pelicans, egrets and seagulls. read more
With its sunny palm-lined streets, scenic waterfront views, quaint shopping districts, historic neighborhoods, year-round outdoor festivals, elegance and luxurious comforts, the city of West Palm Beach is a slice of paradise. The most populous city and the county seat of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach is also the oldest incorporated municipality in South Florida.
With its gorgeous setting and unobstructed view of the Intracoastal Waterway, the award-winning $30 million Waterfront Park, at the end of Clematis Street in Downtown West Palm Beach, is always alive with people enjoying the decorative fountain, dozens of al fresco dining options and the fresh open-air environment. From the waterfront to the west side, Clematis Street also hosts a year-round schedule of entertaining events including the seasonal Saturday Greenmarket, Thursday’s award-winning weekly concert series (“Clematis By Night”), the Palm Beach International Boat Show and SunFest - Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival.
CityPlace has over a hundred shops and restaurants and is the focal point of a flourishing arts and cultural community with the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts to the west and the Armory Art Center and Palm Beach County Convention Center, with its lineup of international art fairs, just across the street. The largest art museum in Florida, the Norton Museum of Art is within a half-mile and the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts – ranked among the top 100 high schools in the country – adds a creative, high-energy dimension to CityPlace life. read more
Wellington is a relatively new community and one of the most successfully crafted communities in Palm Beach County. Once the world’s largest strawberry patch, Wellington is situated on the eastern boundary of the Florida Everglades and is an affluent and thriving community with 29 neighborhood parks, a world-class shopping mall at Wellington Green and a host of dining and shopping options. The Village of Wellington includes some of the world’s premier equestrian facilities, horse farms, agriculture and nurseries.
Wellington is renowned as the winter equestrian capital of the world. From show jumping to dressage, polo to rodeo, nowhere in the world do so many disciplines come together in one city. Hosting 5,000 horses and 2,800 riders from 49 states and more than 30 countries, the Winter Equestrian Festival runs from late January to May at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Here, Olympic-level Grand Prix show jumpers, hunters, and dressage riders compete.
Although Wellington’s claim to fame may be horses and equestrian estates, the community is diverse and friendly, offering plenty of golf communities and unique neighborhoods, too. Listed in Money Magazine’s “Top 100” Best Places to Live 2010, Wellington is a family-oriented community with an abundance of hometown character, attractive natural environments and recreational, cultural, and educational activities and facilities for all ages. read more