palm beach

Palm Beach is a town in South Florida, separated from the mainland (West Palm Beach) by the Lake Worth Lagoon. It’s known for its glitzy estates and its beaches, including the long, sandy Palm Beach Municipal Beach. Worth Avenue is lined with upscale boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Art and antique furnishings are displayed at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, inside the hotel and railroad tycoon’s huge Gilded Age mansion.

The 1926 Gothic-inspired Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea features an English-style cloister and its adjacent Cluett Memorial Garden, with a reflecting pool. On the Atlantic coast, Henry Flagler’s landmark resort, The Breakers, was rebuilt in lavish Italian Renaissance style in the 1920s. Near the Royal Park Bridge, the Society of the Four Arts has art exhibits and a botanical garden, and showcases theater and music performances. Across the lagoon, in West Palm Beach, the Norton Museum of Art has American, European and Chinese collections. To the north, manatees swim in the waters around Peanut Island Park, a man-made island.

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WHEN TO VISIT

Palm Beach has a tropical climate. A common time to visit is Dec–Apr, when it’s typically warm and sunny. Summer (Jun–Aug) can be hot and humid. Hurricane season typically runs Jun–Nov. SunFest (Apr/May) is a music and art festival held on the waterfront in neighboring West Palm Beach.

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