Gulf Stream, Florida: historic, scenic highway past dazzling mansions

Gulf Stream, FloridaThe Town of Gulf Stream, Florida, rests on the southeastern part of Palm Beach County. Gulf Stream is a modest town of only 0.8 square miles but ranked as the 11th highest-income place in the United States in the 2000 census. Do not be fooled by its tiny size however; Gulf Stream has amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean and is a hidden gem between Boynton Beach and Delray Beach.

Located just east of the Intracoastal Waterway, the Town of Gulf Stream is a primarily residential community; however, the close proximity to the ocean brings added benefits for vacationers looking to lounge on a beach and relax.

In 1992, North Ocean Boulevard (State Road A1A) in the Town of Gulf Stream, Florida, was designated as a State Historic Scenic Highway to preserve the last remaining Australian pine canopy and the original character and beauty of the 1920s A1A in Florida. State Road A1A through Gulf Stream is one of the earliest, most scenic and most important north-south highways in Palm Beach County and was officially opened in 1916 in this area. In the 1920s, Australian pines were planted on both sides of the road in South Florida, up to the freeze line, to act as a windbreak. Being a fast growing species, a canopy over A1A soon developed, adding greatly to the beauty, charm and character of the area. This canopy has been destroyed with the exception of that remaining in Gulf Stream.

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