There is a lot to love about Palm Beach County. Here are 10 fun facts that you may not know about one of the nicest places under the sun.
Plenty of Parks
Palm Beach County operates 81 parks that offer more than 8,000 acres of land for exploration by bicycle, boat, foot or horse. Other amenities include athletic facilities, campsites and interpretive centers.
Courts and Courses
In excess of 160 golf courses and 1,000 tennis courts—both public and private—are available for club and racket-wielding locals to get their respective game on.
Give Me Some Sugar
Eighteen percent of the nation’s sugar is grown on 400,000 acres of cane fields, whose soil is called “black gold” because of its fertility.
Not A Lot of Snow
The average winter temperature in Palm Beach County is 74 degrees, which makes snow next to impossible. The last time white flakes fell in South Florida was 1977.
The Sport of Kings
The “sport of kings” is king in Wellington, where the International Polo Club Palm Beach and its first-rate facility set the global stage for high-goal players and their ponies, culminating with the U.S. Open Polo Championship.
Many of the streets in downtown West Palm Beach bear the names of different types of flora. Clematis, Datura, Evernia, Sapodilla and Tamarind are all species of plants and trees.
The history of shipwrecks off Palm Beach County dates to the 1890s and continues to lure treasure hunters in search of gold from sunken Spanish galleons, earning the Atlantic Ocean shoreline the nickname “Gold Coast.”
The Palm Beach County School District dominates as the largest employer with an estimated 22,000 paid staff members. The No. 1 corporate employer is Florida Crystals with 1,900 workers on its payroll.
The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse cast its first beam in 1860. The 108-foot historic landmark has come a long way since it became electric in 1928 with a 1/3-horsepower motor. It was automated in 1987 with a photoelectric cell.
No less than six microbreweries between Boca Raton and Tequesta are now bringing bold brands of beer to thirsty audiences with a taste for handcrafted hops made and sold locally.