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Although our beautiful villa is in Orlando, and we visit it regularly, we have become very familiar with the Miami area of Florida as a result of our daughter working in Boca Raton for a year, as part of her UK degree course. On our numerous visits to see her we have been lucky enough to enjoy some of the wonderful areas of south east Florida. Palm Beach County is well worth a visit, as it offers a contrast to the wonderfully busy and exciting Orlando area. Palm Beach itself is elegant and charming, with a mixture of inspirational architecture by such people as Addison Mizner, who built the extraordinary and luxurious Boca Raton Resort and Club, where our daughter worked for a year as a Manager in Development. It is meticulously landscaped, and the streets, houses and wide palm-lined avenues are impeccably manicured and reflect the fashionable and affluent residents who reside in this upscale area.
Palm Beach County stretches from Baca Raton in the south to Jupiter in the North. It includes Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, Juno Beach, the Loxahatcheee National Wildlife Refuge, and is a short distance from Lake Okeechobee. Boca Raton is about 40 miles from the City of Miami. With its 47 mile stretch of sandy beaches lined with palm trees, its glorious sunshine and blue skies, and its sparkling Atlantic waterfront, it offers a luxurious taste of Floridian life, amongst the rich residents of this paradise
It has wonderful resorts, such as the Breakers and the Boca Raton Resort and Club, magnificent museums and art galleries, stunning intercoastal waterways and unparalleled views, as well as year round recreational facilities and some of Florida’s finest golf courses.
Of course, if you like shopping (and who doesn’t? ) then there are fabulous malls and prestigious shopping areas, to occupy you, with designer shops, elegant boutiques and outdoor European style shopping enclaves. On Palm Beach Island you will find the world’s most exclusive retailers, such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Chopard where you can buy the latest European fashions. However, there is something for every budget as there are plenty of malls, speciality shops, factory outlets and even flea markets.
Eating is exciting and varied, from exclusive gourmet restaurants to informal sidewalk cafés. There is even a five hundred acre Safari Park with animals, rides, games and lots more. South of Palm Beach there are miles of pristine wilderness at Arthur R Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, where you can canoe through amazing tropical scenery, as well as taking airboat rides through fascinating countryside – look out for alligators! Of course there is a state of the art International Airport as well.
If that is not enough then Palm Beach offers Florida’s largest outdoor music, art and waterfront festival, SunFest, as well as many community events, where there are free weekly concerts in local parks.
Sophisticated, wealthy, and offering a great diversity of attractions, Palm Beach County can be reached by driving down the Florida Turnpike.
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