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Urban Planner: The Palm Beaches & Boca Raton, Fla.

by Sarah Beauchamp | Jul 01, 2012
With a rich history that dates back to the late 1800s, the Palm Beaches & Boca Raton uphold their title as America’s First Resort Destination


With a rich history that dates back to the late 1800s, the Palm Beaches & Boca Raton uphold their title as America’s First Resort Destination.  Stretching out over 47 miles of coastline, with palm-lined avenues and an average year-round temperature of 78 degrees, the destination offers more than 200 hotels, 2,000 restaurants, and 160 golf courses - plus high-fashion shopping destinations like Worth Avenue.  Soak in the beauty while lounging on one of the many beaches or riding bikes along the Atlantic coast on Ocean Boulevard, Florida’s “mother road.” West Palm Beach is a cultural hub, home to the Palm Beach County Convention Center along with the historic Harriet Himmel Theater and the renowned Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.  From waterskiing on Okeechobee Lake to a stroll through the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, the Palm Beaches & Boca Raton are never a last resort.  

1. Palm Beach County Convention Center (PBCCC)
Less than 10 minutes away from Palm Beach International Airport and within walking distance of CityPlace, the 350,000-squarefoot PBCCC offers two 50,000square-foot exhibit halls, a grand ballroom, and 21,000 square feet of flexible breakout space, divisible into 23 rooms.  And the center helps keep the Palm Beaches & Boca Raton beautiful by adhering to sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. 

The Breakers Palm Beach Hotel 
Opening in 1896, this legendary Italian Renaissance– style hotel sits on 140 acres of oceanfront property.  With hand-painted ceilings and antique carvedstone mantels, The Breakers has hosted Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, U.S.  presidents, and European nobility.  Offering exceptional dining and accommodations, the 540-room hotel has a sophisticated yet intimate feel, perfect for transporting guests to another time while still making them feel at home. 

The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts 
Celebrating its 20th anniversary last year, the Kravis Center sits on the highest point in the city and hosts more than 800 shows a year - showcasing everything from classic theater productions like “Les Miserables” to the Palm Beach Opera.  Kravis’ Cohen Pavilion is a multipurpose facility with meeting and catering accommodations, including the impressive 10,500-square-foot Weiner Banquet Center and the Gimelstob Ballroom, with seating for more than 700 people. 

4. The Flagler Museum 
Once described by the New York Herald as “more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world,” Whitehall - the Gilded Age estate of Standard Oil’s founding partner Henry Flagler - is Florida’s first museum and now a National Historic Landmark.  Overlooking Lake Worth, with more than 100,000 square feet and 75-plus rooms, the Flagler Museum is the ideal venue for small group tours or major corporate events, whose participants can enjoy high tea at the Café des Beaux-Arts or make use of the 48,000-square-foot Grand Hall. 

5. Renato’s

Nestled on Worth Avenue - the Rodeo Drive of the East Coast - Renato’s provides a cozy atmosphere with an old-school Palm Beach feel and rich, traditionally Italian cuisine.  With a beautiful outdoor courtyard, Renato’s is an ideal venue for large groups, and is within walking distance of the shops and entertainment venues of CityPlace and Clematis Avenue.  

Open-air and Italian-inspired, CityPlace is a dining, shopping, and entertainment hot spot in downtown West Palm Beach with more than 100 shops and restaurants.  CityPlace is easy to navigate, with a free trolley service that connects it to the vibrant Clematis Street.  Enjoy live entertainment every Sunday at the waterfront Meyer Amphitheater, and dance under the stars at Clematis by Night, a street festival that takes place at the historic Centennial Fountain every Thursday.   

For more information: palmbeachfl.com 

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