Henry Flagler, the railroad magnate, established Palm Beach as a resort town where well-heeled northerners could escape the cold winters. He helped establish the Palm Beach winter season, known today as “The Season.” Upon completion of his 55 room Beaux Art mansion called Whitehall, Henry Flagler began a trend among the wealthy. The trend was to build such lavish homes as Mar A Lago, the home of Marjorie Merriweather Post. Palm Beach thus became the winter playground for the affluent set.
Today, Palm Beach Island is still a community for the wealthy. It caters to the elite with such favorites as the famous shopping district of Worth Avenue, which is filled with an assortment of luxury retailers. Its array of beautiful Mediterranean, Georgian and Bermuda style architecture rich in history, as well as the fine dining and resort hotels makes it the perfect resort town.
Palm Beach remains one of the world’s most desirable communities and is internationally known as the “American Riviera,” a winter resort where the wealthy enjoy life in a tropical paradise. Palm Beach is the eastern most town in Florida, approximately 16 miles long and only one to four blocks at its widest point. Three bridges connect Palm Beach to the mainland and to the City of West Palm Beach.Palm Beach County is the largest county in Florida. The airport is conveniently 3 miles west of the Island. Palm Beach County has more golf courses than any other county in the country and Florida has more golf courses than any other state in the country.
On the Forbes 400 List of Billionaires, 29 of them have ties to Palm Beach, representing a net worth of $400 billion. Palm Beachers contribute more money per capita to charities than any other community in America.
The Robb Report rated Palm Beach as one of America’s best places to live due to its affluence, abundance of pleasures and “strong community oriented sensibility.”
The town of Palm Beach, often referred to as “The Island”, is comprised of 3.9 square miles. It is located on a 16-mile barrier island, with the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Intracoastal Waterway to the west.