~Diversity is the Surprising Discovery of this Legendary Destination~
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.; September 28, 2009 - A vacation in Palm Beach County can always be
a "day at the beach" with 47 miles of picturesque coastline. However, venturing through the County's
collection of municipalities can uncover experiences as satisfying as the weather while being diversely
unique. From the urban-chic setting of West Palm Beach to the ecologically important region of
Pahokee, from eclectic cafes and boutiques to a variety of year-long outdoor activities and event
festivals, visitors to this sub-tropical Florida paradise will find towns that are rich in diversity and home
to warm, friendly people.
Boca Raton:
Renowned architect Addison Mizner is best known for the distinctive Boca Raton Resort & Club,
where many discerning travelers return year after year. The resort's mixture of Mediterranean, Moorish
and Spanish-influenced architecture can also be seen throughout the city. In downtown Boca Raton,
Mizner Park offers an upscale indoor/outdoor entertainment complex that is home to trendy shops,
restaurants and The Boca Raton Museum of Art. The park is also the site of the Count de Hoernle
Amphitheater, which plays host to concerts throughout the year including the Festival of Arts BOCA
each March.
Delray Beach and Boynton Beach:
Travelers in search of a beach town with style can find it in Delray Beach. The "village by the sea"
features Atlantic Avenue, a traditional downtown "main street," complete with quaint brick sidewalks
and gaslight-style street lamps. Gourmet restaurants, cozy bistros and outdoor cafes in addition to
boutiques, gift shops, jewelry stores and art galleries are among its attractions. Old School Square, at the
center of downtown, is a popular venue for the performing arts and seasonal festivals. The Annual
Delray Affair in downtown is South Florida's oldest and largest outdoor arts, crafts, and entertainment
festival venue. The festival draws in nearly 300,000 people and has over 600 exhibits each spring. The
Delray Beach International Tennis Championship takes place late February and into early March at
the Delray Beach Tennis Center. The International Tennis Championships are televised in over 130
countries and hosts the top men's professional tennis players in the world. Delray Beach features a
variety of accommodations including the laid back Crane's BeachHouse, charming Sundy House and
beachfront Delray Beach Marriott.
The inlet at Boynton Beach has become a popular fishing area and the adjoining breakwater allows
anglers to walk more than 100 yards off shore to wet their lines. A trip to Boynton Beach is not complete
without lunch at seafood restaurants Banana Boats or Two Georges, which sit side-by-side on the
Intracoastal Waterway.Jupiter, Tequesta and Juno Beach:
Originally a fishing village, the center of Jupiter remains along the sea. The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse
and Museum attracts locals and travelers alike to tour the tower and learn about the area's maritime
heritage. Also, visitors enjoy discovering the Burt Reynolds and Friends Museum, which is the largest
celebrity museum in the state of Florida. Jupiter is home to Roger Dean Stadium, the spring training
site for the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins as well as the permanent home of the Jupiter
Hammerheads of the minor Florida State League. Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa is a favorite resort for
baseball fans and families throughout the year.
The village of Tequesta - sister city to Jupiter - is an alcove of homes and adventure outdoor outfitters
named for a now extinct Indian Tribe. It sits on the border of Martin and Palm Beach Counties along the
Loxahatchee River, Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean.
Juno Beach, a quiet oceanfront town of only 1.2 square miles, is a favorite destination for its small-town
atmosphere and protected beach vegetation. Both Jupiter and Juno Beach are known for dog friendly
beaches, were locals and vacationers play fetch in the surf with their four-legged friends.
Lake Worth, Lantana and Hypoluxo:
The popular downtown area of Lake Worth has a vibrant nightlife with live music, family-owned
restaurants and charming antique stores. The Lake Worth Playhouse is located in the oldest building on
the Register of the Art Deco Society of Palm Beach County and hosts musicals and plays year round.
Dining is different at Bizarre Café as every item in the restaurant is for sale from the tables to the plates.
Lake Worth hosts the Annual Street Painting Festival in February. Over 100,000 visitors attend this
annual celebration of the arts. Hundreds of artists transform the downtown streets into works of art. The
festival includes street performers and strolling minstrels.
The town of Lantana is a coastal community, which still retains the charm of its origins as an old
Florida fishing village. A favorite among locals and visitors, the Old Key Lime House is a century-old
waterfront wonder. The second oldest house in Lantana, the Old Key Lime House offers tall, cool
beverages, fine food, a cheerful friendly staff and a casual tropical setting with a panoramic view of the
Intracoastal Waterway.
On the shores of Lake Worth to the south of Palm Beach is the town of Hypoluxo, originally settled as a
pineapple plantation by Jupiter Lighthouse Assistant Keeper Hannibal Dillingham Pierce. Seminole
Indians called the lake, now part of the Intracoastal Waterway, Hypoluxo or "water all around, no get
out." Today it stands as a small residential enclave.
Pahokee, Belle Glade and South Bay:
Pahokee, which means "Land of Grassy Waters," was settled on the southeastern shores of Lake
Okeechobee by the Seminole Indians. It is home to the Herbert Hoover Dike, designed to control
flooding from the lake and is the center for eco-tourism in Palm Beach County. The city is also the hub
of the vast sugar cane industry and outdoor activities that include fishing, hunting, sunset viewing on the
lake and camping. Miles of sugarcane and winter vegetables surround the nearby cities of Belle Glade
and South Bay. Water activities are easily accessible at nearby Lake Okeechobee. The region is also
home to the Lake O Survivor Series, which is made up of several extreme sports style races throughout
the year consisting of four to six miles of running as well as 10-15 miles of biking and paddling
with some interesting challenges in between. Palm Beach Gardens and Singer Island:
Nationally recognized by the National Parks and Recreation Association as a Gold Medal winner for
excellence, the town of Palm Beach Gardens boasts facilities for year-round activities: bicycling and
jogging trails, tennis courts and picnic areas. A golfer's paradise, the Professional Golfers' Association of
America calls Palm Beach Gardens home and players can enjoy the five courses at the renowned PGA
Resort & Spa, home to The Honda Classic each spring. At The Honda Classic golf's top players
compete to win part of the purse played on the challenging PGA National course, The Champion. The
township is also home to Downtown at the Gardens, an open-air, pedestrian-friendly shopping mecca,
combining a rotating collection of sculptures, dramatic fountains and elaborate landscaping with dining
establishments and specialty retailers.
Across the bridge from Palm Beach Gardens is Singer Island, created by sewing machine heir Paris
Singer. The island is home to John D. MacArthur State Park, a favorite destination for kayakers to
explore the area's mangrove forests. The Resort at Singer Island is the newest beachfront resort in all of
Palm Beach County and its guests can take advantage of the expansive beaches the island has to offer.
Palm Beach and Manalapan:
Palm Beach is an Atlantic Coast barrier island separated from mainland Florida by the scenic Intracoastal
Waterway. World-famous Worth Avenue, known as the "Rodeo Drive of the East Coast," is the heart of
the town. There is a special aura that is at once aristocratic, genteel, fun and simply Palm Beach. Via
Mizner, Via Parigi, Via Roma, Via De Mario and Via Bice are just part of the many tucked away
corridors with magnificent vistas, tropical plants and Old World décor. A "who's who" of high-end retail
stores and boutiques await as this legendary street offers everything from haute couture designer clothing,
shoes and jewelry to internationally acclaimed paintings and antiques, restaurants, hotels, boutiques,
upscale businesses and services. The Colony, The Brazilian Court and The Chesterfield hotels are
conveniently located near the Worth Avenue shopping experience of Palm Beach.
Now in its second century, The Breakers Resort continues the tradition of excellence begun by its
founder Henry Morrison Flagler. Celebrated for its heritage, gracious service, world-class resort
amenities and legendary oceanfront Palm Beach location, the property offers 8 restaurants, 5 pools, The
Beach Club & Spa, and 36 holes of golf.
Nestled in the south-end of Palm Beach is the secluded oasis of Four Seasons Resort, an oceanfront
property including a recently renovated world-class spa. On the southernmost tip of the island of Palm
Beach is the township of Manalapan, an affluent coastal community whose name derives from the
Seminole Indian word meaning "good bread" or "good country." The town is the site of the Pierce House,
thought to be the oldest house in the County, the magnificent Five-Star Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach and
cultural venues including the Florida Stage.
Wellington and Royal Palm Beach:
Wellington and Royal Palm Beach are located in the heart of the County's horse country. Wellington is
home to the world-renowned International Polo Club Palm Beach and the Winter Equestrian
Festival, which takes place each January. Many top horse lovers including New York Mayor Michael
Bloomberg and international rock star Bruce Springsteen make Wellington and Royal Palm Beach a
home away from home. Wellington is also the site of the first Tavern on the Green restaurant outside
New York's Central Park and the County's only cinema café, where patrons can dine while watching a
movie. West Palm Beach and Riviera Beach:
The center of West Palm Beach is Clematis Street, a thoroughfare of shopping, dining and nightlife
with chic eateries including Forté di Asprinio from Bravo!'s "Top Chef" Stephen Asprinio. West Palm
Beach's downtown area features a city square, which is the site for outdoor concerts and festivals such as
SunFest and Fourth on Flagler. Held annually in downtown West Palm Beach the first week in May,
SunFest is Florida's largest waterfront music and art festival with headlining entertainment and attracting
more than 275,000 visitors. In March West Palm Beach's Flagler Drive Intracoastal waterfront is the
scenic location for the Annual Palm Beach Boat Show. The event is one of the top 10 boat shows in the
country which features more than $300 million worth of boats, super yachts and accessories from every
major marine manufacturer worldwide. More than 900 boats of every size and type are displayed, and
festival goers enjoy free fishing clinics and other family-fun entertainment.
CityPlace in West Palm Beach offers shops and restaurants, and is located near the city's Kravis
Center for the Performing Arts and Palm Beach County Convention Center. Also nearby, the
Norton Museum of Art is home to a permanent collection consisting of over 5,000 works concentrated
in European, American, Chinese, Contemporary art, and Photography. On October 7, 2008, the museum
received the National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the White House, recognizing
the museum's significant contribution to the cultural and educational livelihood of the
Riviera Beach is home to Phil Foster Park, Peanut Island and the Port of Palm Beach. President John
F. Kennedy's restored bomb shelter is located on Peanut Island and visitors can kayak across Lake
Worth to the island from Phil Foster Park. The park also offers camping, a boat dock and multiple
walking trails. The Palm Beach Princess casino cruise ship sets sail from the port for both day and night
About the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Tourism is among Palm Beach County's major industries generating a direct annual economic impact of
$2.8 billion in the local economy, producing $23 million dollars in bed tax revenue and lodging sales of
approximately $623 million. The Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official
destination marketing organization for Palm Beach County, Florida.
Palm Beach County presents "The Best of Everything?" - from a multitude of accommodations,
including more than 200 hotels, resorts, spas, golf courses, world-class shopping, 47 miles of pristine
beaches, distinctive attractions and an assortment of cultural venues to top-notch festivals and edge-ofyour-seat sporting activities. All who visit this subtropical paradise will find cities rich in diversity and
home to warm, friendly people. For more information call the Palm Beach County Convention and
Visitors Bureau at 561.233.3000, or visit palmbeachfl.com.
Media contact:
Kenneth Morgan, Communications Manager
Palm Beach County CVB
1555 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, Suite 800, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
561.233.3000 FAX 561.233.3009
WEBSITE MEDIA CENTER: palmbeachfl.com