Why Palm Beach

Palm Beach County is the third most populous county in the state of Florida with a population of 1,345,652 (year round).

Located in Southeast Florida, the 2,000-square-mile region is the largest county southeast of the Mississippi River and is larger than two U.S. states- Rhode Island and Delaware.

Palm Beach County has more golf courses than any other county in the country with more than 160 public and private golf courses – from executive to championship level – designed by the best names in the industry, and with something for golfers of every skill level.

Palm Beach County consists of 38 cities and towns.

The center of the county is approximately 60 miles north of Miami and 150 miles southeast of Orlando.

The Atlantic Ocean touches the eastern half of the county with coastal and beach areas ranging for 47 miles from north to south.

The northwest part of the county includes Lake Okeechobee, the second largest freshwater lake in the United States.

Palm Beach County contains more 1,000,000 square feet of meeting space and 16,000 rooms in more than 200 hotels18 with more than 5,000 square feet of space each.

Western Palm Beach County leads the nation in the production of sugar and sweet corn.

Eighteen percent of all sugar in the United States is produced here. Sugar cane covers some 400,000 acres or about one-third of the county’s overall land mass.

Palm Beach County is home to more than 200 theaters, museums, arts centers, indoor and outdoor performance stages, and other cultural venues and is considered among the world’s most celebrated cultural destinations.

In addition to its pristine beaches, Palm Beach County has 125 waterways perfectly suited for kayaking, boating, paddleboarding and every other imaginable water sport; Direct access to The Florida Everglades and its unique exploration via airboat tours and the best bass fishing in the 730 square miles of Lake Okeechobee.

Palm Beach International Airport was voted the third best airport in the U.S. and sixth best in the world by Conde Nast Traveler readers. CheapFlights.com also recognized the airport on the 2011 list of “Top 101 Affordable U.S. Airports.”

The Port of Palm Beach is the 4th busiest container port of Florida’s 15 deep water ports, and it is the 20th busiest container port in the United States. It is also the only South Florida port with on-dock rail. Five miles of port-owned track that is directly linked to the Florida East Coast Rail Company (FEC) and switches to the CSX and NFS.

As the Winter Equestrian Capital of the World, the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington takes place every January through April, while the International Polo Club Palm Beach features high-goal competitions through the January-April.

Where can you get more information? 

Business Development Board of Palm Beach County
310 Evernia Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO
Gary Hines, Senior Vice President, Administration

Shawn Rowan, VP, Business Retention and Expansion


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