It’s easy to get stuck in your day to day routine when you live and work in a place like Palm Beach County. Every once in a while, it’s nice to get out and act like a tourist and really see and experience the cities and towns in Palm Beach County.
I head to the island each week to host the news for the Palm Beach Civic Association, but again, I’m working. So, I wanted to hang out and have some fun around the island.
Palm Beach Tours: Where to Go and What to See
Not too long ago my husband and I took some time on a Friday to join Leslie with Island Living Tours in Palm Beach.
Why a Palm Beach Tour?
The island has one zip code, 33480. According to the United States Postal Service, it’s the richest zip code in the country. The average net worth of the people on the island is $23 million. One resident pays more than $3 million in property taxes alone!
The town of Palm Beach is only three blocks wide and 13 miles long with one section known as “Billionaires Row.” Town residents include entertainers Rod Stewart and Howard Stern, conservative radio talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, and self-appointed master of the universe, Donald Trump. Let’s not forget my favorite author, James Patterson, and the richest woman on the island, the granddaughter of Estee Lauder.
During the summer, the population in Palm Beach shrinks to less than 9,000 from it’s “in-season” high of 40,000.
Palm Beach Island Living Tours
Throughout the year, Leslie is at work as the owner and operator of Island Living Tours, providing architectural and historical tours of Palm Beach.
We saw world-class architecture that Palm Beach is known for and was introduced to both the history and the people that make Palm Beach one of the most desirable places in the world to live and play.
The Best of Palm Beach Tour is about 90 minutes and starts at the Flagler Museum, heads south to see the biggest, most glamorous homes in Palm Beach, and includes a historic walk near on Worth Avenue, also known as the Rodeo Drive of the East Coast.
Leslie also offers other tours that include biking!
Flagler Museum in Palm Beach
Let me tell you, Leslie makes this tour fun. I won’t give it away, but the story she told about Mr. Flagler and his THREE wives, then the future husband of wife number three, then murder… well, it’s enough to make an amazing Lifetime movie.
Palm Beach Mansion Tour
These homes are just… insane. Then, you have the landscaping around the homes that are just as spectacular.
Leslie knows a lot about who lives where, how they came to earn their money to live there, what their routines are on the island, and much more. We drove by Mar-A-Lago, where President Trump spends many of his weekends. Donald Trump bought “the second White House” at an auction for just $5 million in 1985.
She also had to point out James Patterson’s home because I’m such a fan.
I actually ran into him once in Palm Beach minutes after I bought one of his children’s books for my kids at Classic’s, a local bookshop on the island. (I might have chased him into the street to chat with him.) His wife was so sweet to write a little message to my kids in the book and take our picture.
Worth Avenue in Palm Beach
Worth Avenue is a place I’ve been to a few times before. Even if you’re not shopping, it’s fun to walk around and check out the unique architecture, eat at the restaurants, and talk to the cigar man. Yes, there is always a man smoking a cigar getting and chatting with people on Worth Avenue.
Fun Fact: All guests are treated to a bag of Palm Beach Chocolates created by Leslie with fun, Palm Beach themed packaging.
Schedule a Palm Beach Island Living Tour
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