The island of Palm Beach is just a few blocks wide and 14 miles long, connected to the mainland by three primary bridges over Lake Worth Lagoon. Echoes of the Gilded Age remain along this prosperous swathe of southeast Florida. Swanky and sophisticated Worth Avenue, the East Coast’s answer to Rodeo Drive, is as much a historic destination as it is a fashion spot.
Year-rounders and seasonal residents have perfected the art of living well, supporting a thriving art scene of museums, galleries, music and sculpture gardens. They also live actively. Golf beckons with courses offering ocean and Intracoastal Waterway views. Tennis and yachting are routinely on the social calendar, while a global capital for equestrian events and polo championship matches is minutes away in Wellington.