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About Palm Beach Island

by Nadine Fite 02/10/2023

Palm Beach Island: A Tropical Paradise 


Palm Beach Island, America’s first winter resort town, has been synonymous with high society since 1896, when oil tycoon Henry Flagler built his first luxury hotel on the Atlantic Ocean, luring those who had the means to do so to escape winter’s wrath. And, that is still the case today. After over 100 years of graceful evolution, Palm Beach today is a fully developed community, world-renowned for its beauty, quality of life, and small-town character.

The island of Palm Beach is the easternmost town in Florida, located on a 16-mile-long barrier island separated from the neighboring city of West Palm Beach by the Intracoastal Waterway. Palm Beach Island is a luxurious paradise that has been enjoyed by the rich and famous for over a century. Located 65 miles north of Miami and close to the Gulf Stream, the island is home to stunning historic architecture, highly acclaimed shopping, dining, hotels, and spectacular marinas, tennis and golf clubs. With its lush gardens, palm-lined beaches, and an abundance of marine life, Palm Beach Island is a safe and private location that offers a unique combination of beauty, small-town character, and a luxurious lifestyle. It's no wonder people from around the world choose to buy Palm Beach real estate!

Palm Beach is a fantastic place to live – the community offers a small-town ambiance with world-class amenities. Luxury condominiums and multi-million dollar estates line the sparkling Atlantic to the east and the Intracoastal Waterway to the west. The tropical environment created by close proximity to the Gulf Stream produces lush gardens, palm-lined beaches, and an outstanding marine environment; a veritable paradise for the nearly 10,000 annual residents and 30,000 seasonal residents between November and April. 

Residents of Palm Beach enjoy a vacation lifestyle year-round. Never-ending white sandy beaches lie beneath mature, shady palm trees, steps away from some of the most valuable real estate in the nation. The simplest everyday activities such as brunch, running errands or going for a walk down a local trail come with spectacular views and great weather every month of the year.  Iconic Worth Avenue is home to luxury boutiques, world-class accommodations, and scenic patio dining. World-famous designer brands such as Chanel, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton can be found here plus locally-owned businesses, spas, and additional luxury boutique brands line the streets. 

It is home to “Captains of Industry” and the world-famous Worth Avenue. Approximately 9,000 citizens make Palm Beach their year-round home, and about 20,000 more have a seasonal home in Palm Beach where they enjoy the winter months. At least 35 of the Forbes 400 billionaires have homes on Palm Beach Island. It is home to legendary resorts, exquisite mansions, and historic landmarks, including Henry Flagler's former residence, now the Flagler Museum. Lined with stately palm trees, the shopping nirvana of Worth Avenue is known worldwide. The island's Gilded Age architecture will captivate, as will the chic restaurants and bevy of available outdoor activities. Golf here affords views along the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway, and Lake Worth Lagoon. Palm Beach has a way of making any visitor feel privileged. While the island of Palm Beach remains a winter retreat for many of the world’s most revered executives and celebrities, both the full and part-time residents share a strong sense of community and a love of the stunning architecture, natural beauty, and cosmopolitan culture.


Our Favorite Palm Beach Restaurants: Palm Beach is known as the culinary epicenter of Palm Beach County. No matter your desire, it can be found on the island! Our Favorite Palm Beach Restaurants

  • Brick Tops
  • Buccan
  • Cafe Boulud
  • Café L’Europe
  • Cucina
  • Echo
  • Flagler Steak House
  • HMF at The Breakers Hotel
  • Leopard Lounge at the Chesterfield Hotel
  • Palm Beach Grille
  • Pizza al Fresco
  • Sant Ambroeus
  • Surfside Diners
  • Taboo

Our Favorite Places To Go And Things To Do In:

With incredible weather year-round, fun in the sun can even be had even during typically chilly winter months. Worth Avenue hosts several events, such as the holiday tree-lighting and parade, regular beach cleanings, and historic tours. Another spot to enjoy the scenery and natural beauty of the region is on the Lake Trail. One of the most scenic trails in south Florida allows visitors the chance to stroll and bike along waterfront homes for six delightful miles. The Lake Trails passes by homes of former Presidents to allow visitors to enjoy a truly exclusive look at the Palm Beach lifestyle. One of the most scenic trails in south Florida allows visitors the chance to stroll and bike along waterfront homes for six delightful miles. The Lake Trail passes by homes of former Presidents to allow visitors to enjoy a truly exclusive look at the Palm Beach lifestyle.

  • Cox Science Center and Aquarium
  • Diva Duck Boat Tour
  • International Polo Club
  • Phipps Ocean Park
  • Par-3 Golf Course
  • Palm Beach Kennel Club and Entertainment Complex
  • Palm Beach Zoo
  • Seaview Tennis and Recreation Center
  • Shopping along Worth Avenue
  • Society of the Four Arts
  • Whitehall, The Flagler Museum
About the Author

Nadine Fite

 “Knowing how you want to live is the first step toward knowing where." This is the Fite Way.

Most real estate sales professionals are good listeners, attentive, and understand how to match people and properties. The exceptional advisor, like Nadine Fite, offers something more.

Clients who’ve worked with Nadine Fite recognize that she’s a different kind of luxury real estate specialist, in part because she shares common ground with so many of her clients. It’s her business expertise honed across decades working in strategy, marketing, technology and business development for global Fortune 50 companies, including Deloitte, Salomon Brothers and American Express. This unique background allows Nadine to deliver an unparalleled level of acumen and service that consistently exceeds client expectations.