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Palm Beach: Full of history & manicured beauty

Fountain in a courtyard off Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. (Photos: Bonnie Gross)

Fountain in a courtyard off Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. (Photos: Bonnie Gross)

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, April 23, 2015 – The island of Palm Beach is the exclusive winter home of billionaires and their poorer colleagues, the multi-millionaires.

For the rest of us, it’s a fun place to gawk at mansions, ficus hedges sculpted into works of art and learn a little history.

In the summer, you can snag luxury accommodations at discounted prices and fill your weekend with exploring, snorkeling, biking and visiting museums.

The opulence of Palm Beach is evident in all sorts of details: The pets are so pampered that there are four dog-watering fountains built around the city including one on Worth Avenue that is a picturesque basin made from Italian ceramic tile. Of course you see the flashy new Bentleys and Rolls Royces around town, but year ‘round residents tend to favor a nicely kept older Jaguar as their “beach” car. You have to look hard for the Publix; in Palm Beach, its only signage is its name subtly carved into the entrance.

The opulence of Palm Beach is evident in all sorts of details: The pets are so pampered that there are four dog-watering fountains built around the city including one on Worth Avenue that is a picturesque basin made from Italian ceramic tile. Of course you see the flashy new Bentleys and Rolls Royces around town, but year ‘round residents tend to favor a nicely kept older Jaguar as their “beach” car. You have to look hard for the Publix; in Palm Beach, its only signage is its name subtly carved into the entrance.

If you book a luxury lodging deal in Palm Beach (see details below), you may want to spend much of your time taking advantage of the amenities at your hotel.

But when you’re ready to explore, here are 10 things to see, do and enjoy in Palm Beach in the summer.

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