About South Florida Bound – Palm Beach

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Palm Beach CountyPalm Beach County is the largest county in Florida and hosts a population of just over 1.3 million people. The most populous cities in the county are West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Boca Raton, Wellington, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and Delray Beach. In 1893, Henry M. Flagler declared the 16-mile-long barrier island of Palm Beach as a “veritable paradise” and aptly named the area for the many native palm trees lining the coast. Instead of enjoying life as a wealthy retiree from the Standard Oil Company, Flagler dedicated his earnings into building Florida. From the expansion of his East Coast Railroad, and the legendary Breakers hotel, to his private estate, Henry Flagler’s mark can be seen throughout this South Florida destination.

Another well-known Floridian is Mr. Addison Mizner. He is, perhaps, best known for bringing Mediterranean-style architecture to the area. His influence can be appreciated today at the prestigious Boca Raton Resort & Club. He was also the influence behind the popular downtown Boca Raton shopping, dining and entertainment district known as Mizner Park.

The Palm Beaches is divided into 15 distinct districts: Palm Beach and Worth Avenue, Clematis Street, CityPlace, Convention & Entertainment District, Antique Row, Northwood Village, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter/Juno Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach, Downtown Boca Raton, Wellington, Glades Road – East and West, Lake Okeechobee and Boynton Beach.
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“Established in 1894, The Palm Beaches has perfected the art of hospitality. Visitors enjoy everything from gracious service and luxurious accommodations to celebrity chef restaurants and world-class cultural attractions. Experience total relaxation in one of our time-honored resorts, explore our history at the Flagler Museum, learn about our past on a walking tour of Worth Avenue, and appreciate the splendid architecture named after one of the area’s first developers along Mizner Park in Downtown Boca Raton. “ – www.palmbeachfl.com [/box]

Palm Beach is home to the second largest fresh water lake in the lower 48 states named Lake Okeechobee. Fishermen enjoy the best bass fishing in the country on this 730 square mile lake. Landlubbers can stay on steady ground while exploring the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail. If diving or snorkeling interests you, you can explore more than 20 reefs and numerous deep-water wrecks prized by divers worldwide.

There are plenty of family attractions throughout The Palm Beaches: the Palm Beach Zoo, Lion Country Safari, South Florida Science Museum, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Sandoway House Nature Center, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, and Loxahatchee Everglades Tours.

Palm Beach proudly claims the title of Florida’s Golf Capital. There are more than 1,400 golf courses in the state of Florida with about 4 dozen located in Palm Beach County. The golf courses range from exclusive country clubs to public par 3 courses, even mini golf. Many professional golfers make their home in South Florida which gives them a short commute the PGA Tour golf tournaments hosted in the Sunshine State. Each spring, Floridians and golf fans look forward to The Honda Classic, held at PGA National’s Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens.

If you prefer a racket over a club, don’t worry. The Palm Beaches are home to approximately 1,100 private and public tennis courts, the Delray Beach Tennis Center, and the acclaimed Evert Tennis Academy.

As the snow begins to fall up north, the population (and appeal) of South Florida grows. People learned long ago that Florida is the perfect place to host outdoor events year round, while much of the country is bundled up and shoveling snow. It’s not surprising that the pleasant winter temperatures of South Florida are conducive to horse training and equestrian activities. Palm Beach, the Winter Equestrian Capital of the World, has world-renowned polo fields and stadiums located throughout the county. The Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington and the International Polo Club Palm Beach are both home here. Throughout the winter, you will find polo, steeplechase and dressage events at facilities around Palm Beach.

Croquet anyone? The National Croquet Center, largest in the world, is located in West Palm Beach.

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South Florida Sports and Gaming

Are you a sports fan? South Florida has every major (and lesser known) sport covered within a few miles. The Miami Dolphins of the National Football League call Miami home and play in the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. On Biscayne Boulevard, you will find the American Airlines Arena where the Miami Heat earned their third National Basketball League Championship. We even have hockey!

That’s right. The Florida Panthers represent the National Hockey League for South Florida. Major League Baseball’s Marlins play their home games in the newly constructed Marlin’s Park.

If horses strike your fancy, South Florida has everything from harness racing, polo, dressage, and the more popular thoroughbred racing. Controversial as they may be, you will find several grey hound tracks here. The lesser known sport played, and even bet on, is Jai Alai. You can catch a match or two in Dania Beach, Florida.

south-florida-event-photosIf you like to play the slot machines or black jack, South Florida has several choices for you: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, The Isle Casino & Racing, Seminole Coconut Creek, Mardi Gras Racetrack and Gaming Center, Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino, and Miccosukee Resort & Gaming.

As South Florida continues to prosper, we will bring you event coverage, neighborhood reviews, beach highlights, corporate connections and area updates. If you have a specific topic you would like us to look into, drop us a line.

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Sources: Wikipedia, www.palmbeachfl.com and www.miamidade.gov

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