The Palm Beaches, Florida
"The Nation's Winter Home"
Overlooking placid Lake Worth from the crest and slopes of a sand ridge, Palm Beach is indeed the beauty spot of the East Coast of Florida, located between the east shore of Lake Worth and the Atlantic Ocean. Lake Worth is a tidewater lagoon, from one-half to one mile in width, and about twenty miles longof sufficient size to make an ideal harbor for the many private yachts that visit Palm Beach yearly, and for boating pleasures of all kinds. It is a perfect waterway for motor boating. On the ocean side is the fine sandy beach for surf bathing, and a casino with a large pool, for those who prefer their salt water bathing in quiet waters.
On the opposite shore of Lake Worth is located West Palm Beach, the county seat of Palm Beach County, and a hustling business center, as well as a beautiful resort.
Palm Beach is 299 miles southeast of Jacksonville by the Florida East Coast Railroad, and 65 miles northeast of Miami.
The phenomenal effects of the Gulf Stream and the trade winds are to be found here, and because of these equalizing agencies the average midsummer heat that might otherwise be 95 degrees, is reduced to 80 degrees, and the midwinter chill that might otherwise be 30 degrees, is warmed up 67 degrees. The southeast trade winds blow constantly from the ocean, tempering and cleansing the atmosphere. The so-called rainy season is in the summer and early fall. Palm Beach is absolutely free from fogs, mists and storms, especially during the winter months, when 80 per cent of the days are clear and delightful. Any climate that can produce strawberries, garden truck, oranges, grapefruit and roses in the dead of winter, is bound to come into its own."
The streets of Palm Beach are asphalt-macadam, and concrete, eliminating the dust nuisance and facilitating perfection in sanitation.
Outdoor sports, such as golf, tennis, ocean and still-water bathing, sail and motor-boating, automobiling on perfectly level, hard-surfaced roads, salt and fresh water fishing, hunting, aeroplaning, exploring tropical jungles, bicycling, Af ro-mobiling, and theater going, and dancing in open-air gardens, afford ample opportunity for the indulgence of every taste.
The golf courses of eighteen holes eaeh, representing an investment of $1,500,000; picturesque, but experienced black caddies; and sunshiny days, bring players of national and international reputation to participate in the brilliant golf events of the season.
Washington's Birthday, synonymous with skating and snow-shoeing throughout most of the United States, is the height of summer sports season in Palm Beach. One may begin the day with a deep sea fishing trip, or golf. Then comes the eleven o'clock swim and the sun bath on the beach. Tennis, or a sail on the lake, occupy the afternoon until it is time for the dance in the tea garden, a bit of fairyland, where cocoanut palms and crotons, with many colored lights in unexpected places, and tea tables at cozy intervals on the lawn, make the humdrum world seem very remote. World famous musicians furnish thrilling orchestral numbers. Every hotel has its own more or less brilliant function. Celebrities of other nations often lead the grand marches of the Washington Birthday Ball, coming thousands of miles for the great event.
Opportunities for the sportsmen are wonderfully abundant in all sections of Palm Beach County. The forests abound in game, such as deer, quail, wild turkey, gray fox, otter, and wildcats.
For the fisherman who does not care to venture outside there is the steel pier, extending far out into the ocean, where he may fish with rod and reel for Spanish mackerel, king-fish, bluefish, or the gamey cavalla and the shark; or he may sit still and fish for the sheepshead in its prison garb, or the famous pompano. The angler looking for more strenuous sport, may hire a worthy skiff and put out to sea, where the sailfish and kingfish will give him and his Nassau, or "Cracker boatman," all the sport and exercise they are looking for. The fisherman finds three kinds of water in less than three miles of the ocean, the semi-salt lake, and the fresh water lakes, lying west of the city, with their several families of fish.
Among the tropical and subtropical fruits are grown the avocado pear, grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, mango, sapodilla, mamey-sapota, tangerine, guava, kumquat, pawpaw, banana, and pineapple.
MADE IN U.S.A. BY E. C.
ROYAL POINCIANA HOTEL, PALM BEACH
WHITEHALL, PALM BEACH
THE AMBASSADOR FHOM LAKE WORTH, SHOWING FIFTH AVE. SHOPS, PALM BEACH
THE BEACH CLUB, PALM BEACH
DONAHUE RESIDENCE, PALM BEACH
CASINO AT THE BREAKERS HOTEL, PALM BEACH
BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF LAKE WORTH SHOWING ROYAL DANELI AND THE AMBASSADOR, PALM BEACH
CITY PARK, WEST PALM BEACH
THE ROYAL DANELI
LOOKING EASTWARD ACROSS LAKE WORTH FROM PENNSYLVANIA HOTEL, WEST PALM BEACH
THE LAKE COURT, WEST PALM BEACH
WEST PALM BEACH FROM THE POINC1ANA AT PALM BEACH