Palm Beach Island
And finally, and back to where it all started.
Palm Beach itself is an Atlantic coastal barrier island separated mainland West Palm beach by the Intracoastal Waterway.
The island remains the relatively time locked, exclusive domain, of the very well heeled with Worth Avenue - known as the Rodeo Drive of the East Coast – at its heart and any number of new and historic mansion homes straddling a stunning beach frontage.
While West Palm Beach has fine range of accommodation I do have to mention the Grandview Gardens Bed and Breakfast, which is Rick's (and Peter's) place, and epitomises the essence of West Palm Beach.
From a run down 1925 property in the Grandview Heights historic neighbourhood, the two have worked tirelessly, with Rick’s mom Jan, to create accommodation that reflects, and indeed celebrates, the original Spanish Mediterranean architecture of the district.
The result is a place of genuine individuality, great style and real intimacy – a short stroll or even quicker cycle ride from downtown.
The Grandview Heights historic neighbourhood, itself is one of the city's oldest neighborhoods still intact, is another of the city’s success stories.
The districts craftsman and Mediterranean-style homes, once the domain of slum landlords, drug dealers and prostitutes, have been save from random demolition and restored by local community associations.
The neighborhood became a West Palm Beach historic district in 1995 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
If you able to accept and enjoy a wealth that it is barely possible to contemplate - let alone aspire to - Palm Beach provides a fascinating insight into how the other half lived – and lives.
Two hotels worth a visit, and maybe a stay, are the Colony and Breakers.
The Colony has hosted presidents, European Royalty and all manner of celebrities and stages wonderful cabaret evenings.
The astonishing Breakers, one of Flagler’s two original hotels is located to a museum to the man himself.
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