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The many bonuses of living in Palm Beach

17 Jun 2013 2:34 PM
The many bonuses of living in Palm Beach

Ubiquitously referred to as the Sunshine State, Florida's exceptional weather allows all who reside there to enjoy a number of luxurious activities year-round, and offers a number of opportunities for those who are visiting.

Whether you own Palm Beach real estate or are just interested in touring the area, including the following suggestions into your itinerary will leave you feeling happy you did so.

How to get there
Palm Beach is on a 16-mile long barrier island, so in addition to the more traditional modes of personal transportation, it can also be accessed by sailboat or yacht. The many marinas that line the island offer numerous opportunities to dock and explore the area's exotic features.

Additionally, if you prefer to fly, the strategically situated Palm Beach International Airport is equipped with enough runways to accommodate private passenger airplanes.

Where to go
This region of Florida is historically very wealthy, as many influential business leaders settle in Palm Beach. Henry Morrison Flagler, who was a founder of Standard Oil, was first to do so.

After establishing the area as a settlement in the early 1900s, he began building his sprawling opulent estate - Whitehall - which has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and preserved as a museum. Tours of the 55-room mansion are available daily, and offer a look into the lives of the affluent family that lived there.

What to do
When you're not lounging on one of Palm Beach's manicured beaches or visiting the properties of the rich and famous, you can enjoy playing a round on one of the best professional golf courses in the country. The PGA National Resort and Spa has been host to countless golf celebrities and continues to offer endless opportunities to relax in luxury. 

Where to eat
If you decide to spend the day on the courts at the local Breakers Hotel and are looking to satiate your appetite, be sure to visit another worthwhile attraction bearing the Flagler name. The Flagler Steakhouse, which is located in the golf and tennis clubhouse at the resort, has long been highly regarded for its fine dining and breathtaking views.

Though the restaurant offers a long list of culinary delights, the most popular served is the hand-cut aged prime steaks. After first sampling the upscale eatery's choice cuts, you'll find yourself planning a second visit.