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Palm Beach County continues to shine as a premier business destination. Here are some designations you may not know about:
•The Palm Beaches, also referred to as Palm Beach County, has 38 distinctive cities and towns, which are divided into 15 distinct districts. These are Palm Beach and Worth Avenue, Clematis Street, CityPlace, Convention & Entertainment District, Antique Row, Northwood Village, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter/Juno Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach, Downtown Boca Raton, Wellington, Boca Town Center and Glades Road, Lake Okeechobee as well as Boynton Beach.
• Located in Southeast Florida, the 2,000 square mile region is the largest county southeast of the Mississippi River and its land area is bigger than two U.S. states both Delaware and Rhode Island.
• Palm Beach County is approximately 60 miles north of Miami and 150 miles southeast of Orlando. The Atlantic Ocean hems the eastern half of the county with beach stretching 47 miles from north to south. The northwest part of the county includes Lake Okeechobee, the second largest freshwater lake in the United States.
• The largest city both in area and population is West Palm Beach, which covers 52 square miles and has an incorporated population of 101,668. Boca Raton is second with 85,413 residents, followed by Boynton Beach, 68,741, Delray Beach, 61,495, and Wellington, 57,514. The county’s smallest town in population is Cloud Lake with 133 residents. The smallest municipalities in land area are Briny Breezes and Cloud Lake, both at .06 of a square mile.
• Palm Beach County is 1,977 square miles with a year round population of 1.3 million.
• By Plane: Ranked one of the most convenient, stress free airports in the country, Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) is located just 2.5 miles from top resorts, pristine beaches, the Convention Center, and West Palm Beaches’ thriving downtown district. Ten domestic and international airlines currently serve the airport with 200 scheduled commercial flights arriving and departing daily. Palm Beach serves over six million passengers each year, and has been voted third best airport in the U.S. and sixth best in the world by the readers of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine again in 2014.
• By Car: travelers can follow either Interstate 95 or Florida’s Turnpike, which run the length of the county and feature multiple exits at, or near, essential streets. State Roads 441, U.S. Highway One, and Coastal Highway A1A also run through the county.
• With 16,000+ hotel rooms throughout the destination, visitors are able to choose properties based on their desired location of interest, be it directly nestled along the coast with enchanting views of the Atlantic Ocean, overlooking the beauty of the Intracoastal Waterway, within walking distance of charming towns or vibrant historic districts.
• Visitors can enjoy an average annual temperature of 78º F/ 25 º C and approximately 234 days of sunshine year round.
Lakes, Beaches, Waterways
• 47 miles of pristine Atlantic coast beaches
• 125 peaceful waterways
• Direct access to The Florida Everglades best explored by airboat or paddle tours.
• The country’s best bass fishing in the 730 square miles of Lake Okeechobee. Lakes, Beaches, Waterways
• Proximity to the Gulf Stream maintains comfortable ocean temperatures for divers and snorkelers to explore more than 20 reefs and an abundance of deep water wrecks
• Palm Beach County‘s Parks and Recreation Department operates 79 parks, including two water parks. Many county parks feature athletic facilities, campsites, trails and beaches. For specific amenities and park locations, click here.
County parks include more than 8,000 acres of land for exploration.
Meetings & Conventions
• Palm Beach County Convention Center is located within the destination’s Arts & Entertainment District. The two-level, 350,000-square-foot Convention Center is just three miles from the Palm Beach International Airport.
• Meeting space includes a 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a 22,000-square-foot ballroom, 21,000 square feet of flexible breakout space divisible into 19 rooms, and elevated glass atriums for ample pre-function space.
• The new 403-room Hilton Convention Center West Palm Beach Hotel, expected to open in early 2016, will provide a hotel directly adjacent to the facility.
• The Palm Beaches is Florida’s Golf Capital® and is the Spring Training home to the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins, who train at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. Class A Florida State League games are played there throughout the summer. The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals are also in the process of constructing a new Spring Training facility to be completed in early 2017.
• There are more than 1,000 private and public tennis courts throughout the county for all skill levels. The Delray Beach Tennis Center, an 8,200-seat stadium, accommodates the annual International Tennis Championships in January and February. Tennis players of all ages and levels to improve their game at The Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton.
• The National Croquet Center, located in West Palm Beach, is the largest of its kind in the world, boasting a 19,000-square-foot clubhouse and accommodates tournaments, basic instruction as well as private parties and events.
• Florida Atlantic University is home to the annual Boca Raton Bowl, the NCAA Mid-American Conference championship game.
• Polo season takes place annually January through April, and the International Polo Club in Wellington is host to some of the biggest names and tournaments in the world. The Palm Beaches are considered the world’s winter equestrian capital.
• Saltwater and freshwater fishing enthusiasts alike enjoy some of the best fishing opportunities in North America. Other outdoor sports enjoyed year-round are tennis, softball, soccer, bicycling, in-line skating, shuffleboard, croquet, boating, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving, surfing, wind surfing and kite boarding, beach volleyball, water skiing, kayaking and canoeing.
• Palm Beach County leads the nation in the production of sugarcane, fresh sweet corn, and sweet bell peppers. It leads the State in the production of rice, lettuce, radishes, Chinese vegetables, specialty leaf, and celery
• Palm Beach County has an estimated $1.38 billion in total agricultural sales for 2014-15.
• The School District of Palm Beach County has been rated an “A” for eight consecutive years by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and it is Florida's only urban school district with this distinction.
• Newsweek recognized two high schools in Palm Beach County with the distinction of Best High Schools in America 2015.
Adapted from Discover the Palm Beaches