West Palm Beach is a city in and the county seat of Palm Beach County, Florida, United States.[4] It is one of the three main cities in South Florida. The beginning of the historic period in south Florida is marked by Juan Ponce de Leon’s first contact with native people in 1513. Other native peoples from Alabama and Georgia moved into Florida in the early 18th century. The area that was to become West Palm Beach was settled in the late 1870s and 1880s by a few hundred settlers who called the vicinity "Lake Worth Country." These settlers were a diverse community from different parts of the United States and the world. On November 5, 1894, 78 people met at the "Calaboose" (the first jail and police station located at Clematis St. The land boom was already faltering when city was devastated by the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane.
The 1950s saw another boom in population, partly due to the return of many soldiers and airmen who had served in the vicinity during the war. In the 1960s, Palm Beach County's first enclosed shopping mall, the Palm Beach Mall, and an indoor arena were completed.
Since the 1990s, developments such as CityPlace and the preservation and renovation of 1920s architecture in the nightlife hub of Clematis Street have seen a downtown resurgence in the entertainment and shopping district.
During mediation of the Everglades water quality litigation, a technical plan was developed for resolution of the litigation.
Due to vast areas of wetland immediately to the west of the city's downtown, growth occurred to the north and south in a linear fashion.
Bel Air Historic District: Developed from 1925 to 1935 as a neighborhood for tradesmen and real estate salesmen who helped develop Palm Beach County, some of Belair was originally a pineapple plantation owned by Richard Hone. Central Park: Central Park is a collective name for several subdivisions north of Southern Boulevard. El Cid: Noted for its Mediterranean revival and mission-style homes, El Cid developed in the height of Florida's real estate boom. Flamingo Park: Originally a pineapple plantation, Flamingo Park was established by local contractors and developers, who saw the potential in this area—one of the highest coastal ridge sections from downtown West Palm Beach to Miami.
Grandview Heights: One of the city's oldest neighborhoods still intact, Grandview Heights was built as an extension of Palm Beach Heights from around 1910 to 1925. Mango Promenade: Mango Promenade became a West Palm Beach historic district in 1995 and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. Northboro Park: An expansion of Old Northwood, Northboro Park was mostly custom houses for upper-middle-class professionals. Northwest: West Palm Beach's first historic district to be included on the National Register of Historic Places (February 1992), the Northwest neighborhood was first settled in 1894, when the black community was moved from the Styx in Palm Beach to West Palm Beach. Old Northwood Historic District: Old Northwood was developed from 1920 to 1927—the height of the city's real estate boom. Northwood Hills Historic District: On August 4, 2003, the City Commission designated the Northwood Hills neighborhood as the 13th Historic District in the City of West Palm Beach. Prospect Park: Promoted as a high-end neighborhood patterned after the prominent Prospect Park district in Brooklyn, this area consisted of mostly smaller estates for prominent businesspeople and northern investors. West Northwood Historic District: Cashing in on the real estate boom, developers of West Northwood built speculative and custom houses for upper-middle-class professionals from 1925 to '27. In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $36,774, and the median income for a family was $42,074. Mexico’s vivid southern Caribbean coast lies just outside your dock on Carnival cruises to Costa Maya.
Cruise to Progreso, Mexico dock on the Emerald Coast of the Gulf of Mexico, where hot pink flamingos gather by the hundreds and sun-bleached Maya pyramids rise from the jungle. Enjoy laidback British civility in a sun-splashed tropical locale on your Grand Cayman cruise. With silky-sand beaches and diamond-clear seas, Roatán, Honduras, is one of the Caribbean’s hidden gems. Reserved exclusively for Guests on Disney Cruise Line Bahamian and Caribbean cruise vacations, Castaway Cay is Disney's private port-of-call paradise. Enjoy a laidback Caribbean vibe and a dash of the New Orleans high life on cruises to Key West. Blessed by balmy breezes and jumping to a bouncy calypso beat, cruises to Nassau, Bahamas promise sizzling fun in the sun.
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With pearly pink sand and a jaunty British lilt, Barbados is one of the Caribbean’s most captivating islands.
Nestled in an emerald landscape, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, is this island nation's cruise ship capital. Historic San Juan, once nothing more than cobblestone streets and the distinctive architecture of the Spanish who founded it, is now a modern world capital. Scarborough is the largest town and capital of the island of Tobago, part of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Miami - - Waterways Marina - - Williams Island Marina - - Halouver Marina - - Turnberry Isle Marina - Fort Lauderdale - - Bahia Mar Marina - - Ft. Europeans found a thriving native population, which they categorized into separate tribes: the Mayaimi in the Lake Okeechobee Basin and the Jaega and Ais people in the East Okeechobee area and on the east coast north of the Tequesta.
They were of varied ancestry, but Europeans called them all “Creeks.” In Florida, they were known as the Seminole and Miccosukee Indians. They included founding families such at the Potters and the Lainharts, who would go on to become leading members of the business community in the fledgling city. The population of West Palm Beach quadrupled from 1920 to 1927, and all kinds of businesses and public services grew along with it.
The Depression years of the 1930s were a quiet time for the area, which saw slight population growth and property values lower than during the 1920s.
Also, the advent of air conditioning encouraged growth, as year-round living in a tropical climate became more acceptable to northerners. These projects led to a brief revival for the city, but in the 1970s and 1980s crime continued to be a serious issue and suburban sprawl continued to drain resources and business away from the old downtown area. The city has also placed emphasis on neighborhood development and revitalization, in historic districts such as Northwood, Flamingo Park, and El Cid. Until the 1960s, the city was no more than several blocks wide but over 100 blocks in length.
It originally was part of the Estates of South Palm Beach (which went from Wenonah Place to Pilgrim Road east of Dixie Highway). In the late 19th century, most of the land north of Sunset Road was pineapple fields, but the crop dwindled in the early 20th century. It also served as the city's segregated black community from 1929 to 1960 (along with Pleasant City).
Northwood Hills comprises the area from 29th Street on the South to 39th Court on the North. The neighborhood has a high concentration of Mediterranean revival and Mission revival houses.
Occasionally, stalled cold fronts in the fall and spring can also lead to heavy and prolonged rainfall. Silver dolphins, bright yellow angelfish, turquoise waves, ivory sand-these are just some of the colors you’ll see on cruises to Costa Maya, Mexico.


Cruises to Cozumel, Mexico, dock at the island’s heart-just minutes from San Miguel’s seafront shops and the white sand beach at Chankanaab National Park.
Inland from Progreso’s golden beaches are the spectacular Maya ruins of Uxmal and the colorful city of Mérida, the region’s best shopping stop for handmade crafts. Crystalline rivers flow through impressive lowland jungles, home to a myriad of rare wildlife. The plantation days of Falmouth, Jamaica, are gone, but what remains is the largest collection of intact colonial Georgian architecture in the Caribbean, set on sand-dusted streets and a wind-swept harbor. Don’t let the island’s scrubland terrain fool you-a spectacular marine paradise lies just offshore of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, where a living undersea wall drops dramatically into the ocean deep. The largest of Honduras’s Bay Islands is a real beauty, built on a backbone of volcanic rock and ringed by the world’s second largest coral reef. You’ll find plenty of razzle-dazzle entertainment, from a casino to music clubs to barefoot beach bars. The southernmost island of the Florida Keys, Key West, Florida is a sunny, fun-loving place with lots of history, plenty of charm, and more than a little touristy goofiness.
The historic and cultural heart of The Bahamas is one of the world’s most popular cruise ship ports-one million travelers board cruises to Nassau annually. Croix presents a mixed bag of it, ranging from desert on the east end to the more of what visitors might expect on the west end — palm trees.
Cruise to Barbados to discover a hothouse landscape, where old sugar plantations and rum distilleries dot the verdant sun-dappled hills.
There’s a reason for this, too… and it’s more than just the island’s role as one of the world’s most important producers of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and allspice. Among the peaceful shaded courtyards and commanding colonial fortresses of El Morro and San Cristobal, you'll find a cosmopolitan city of wide boulevards, lively cafes, highly regarded galleries and designer boutiques. She is a turbo-charged Bahamian stone crab boat converted into a Florida charter boat designed to catch fish in the South Florida waters of Palm Beach County. The University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) estimates a 2014 population of 104,031, a 4.1% increase from 2010. When the Spanish arrived, there were perhaps about 20,000 Native Americans in south Florida. The Seminoles clashed with American settlers over land and over escaped slaves who found refuge among them. The first white settlers in Palm Beach County lived around Lake Worth, then an enclosed freshwater lake, named for Colonel William Jenkins Worth, who had fought in the Second Seminole War in Florida in 1842. The town council quickly addressed the building codes and the tents and shanties were replaced by brick, brick veneer, and stone buildings. Many of the city's landmark structures and preserved neighborhoods were constructed during this period. The city only recovered with the onset of World War II, which saw the construction of Palm Beach Air Force Base, which brought thousands of military personnel to the city. West Palm Beach became the one of the nation's fastest growing metropolitan areas during the 1950s; the city's borders spread west of Military Trail and south to Lake Clarke Shores. By the early 1990s there were very high vacancy rates downtown, and serious levels of urban blight. Some neighborhoods still struggle with blight and crime, as well as lowered property values caused by the Great Recession, which hit the region particularly hard. Congress under the Flood Control Acts of 1948, 1954, 1962, 1968, and the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 1996. The modified plan expands the original 1,600-acre floodwater detention area into a 6,500-acre stormwater detention area. Large scale development finally occurred to the west of the city with improved access and drainage in the 1960s.
After Hone was murdered in 1902, his property was sold to George Currie, who created Currie Development Co. Like other West Palm Beach neighborhoods, the Estates of South Palm Beach boomed after Henry Flagler's descent on Palm Beach.
Houses cost about $10,000 to $18,000 in the boom era, and many buyers were owners of shops and businesses on fashionable Dixie Highway nearby.
Grandview Heights originally attracted construction workers who helped build the luxury hotels, ministers and store owners.
Developed from 1923 to 1940, the neighborhood became the city's second historic district (November 1992) and the historic designation may soon expand north to 45th Street. Northwest remains a predominantly black community but according to the city planning department, most middle- and upper-class blacks moved to other neighborhoods after desegregation. Old Northwood became a neighborhood of what was considered extravagant Mediterranean revival, mission and frame vernacular houses, at $30,000 to $36,000. The east side of Windsor is the Western boundary, and Greenwood Avenue is the Eastern boundary. Although the area was declining, that has reversed in recent years, as more investors buy and restore the houses. Inland from the port are more brilliant hues, from the otherworldly blue Lake of Seven Colors to the white stone pyramids of the ancient Maya. Drift among star corals and sea fans on a Cozumel diving excursion or simply kick back on the beach beneath your own palm palapa as the turquoise waves roll in. Discover the Maya world’s natural beauty and ancient history with cruises to Progreso, Mexico. Silky sand beaches, waving palms and colorful coral gardens are just part of Belize's natural wonders. On cruises to Falmouth, Jamaica you can kick back on a crescent of white-sand beach and explore the great houses of old sugar plantations.
Cruises to Grand Cayman bring you directly to the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the kaleidoscopic Caribbean Sea. Cruises to Roatán, Honduras promise superb diving and fishing and swoon-worthy beaches. Montego Bay cruises let you shop, swim, and play in Mo Bay to your heart’s content-and sample Jamaica’s rich culture on excursions into the island’s breathtaking countryside. But if you’re looking for the Bahamas of seductive, palm-fringed beaches, gentle turquoise seas, and nature at its most vivid, you’ll find that, too. Cruisers come for fine beaches, shopping, water sports, and the fun-filled attractions at the Atlantis Resort, connected to Nassau by a bridge to Paradise Island.
Underwater, coral reefs are abundant, making scuba diving a popular activity, and the best way to see them. Celebrate the year-round Carnival® spirit or simply unwind to the island’s bewitching and relaxing tempo on Aruba cruises. Spy a green monkey in a rainforest ravine, sample savory local rum, or simply follow the trail of bougainvillea blossoms to a glorious beach with your cruise to Barbados. Meshed somewhere in the tropical air, the winding rivers and the fertile soil - a result of the island’s volcanic origins - is a life energy of a distinctly south Caribbean sort.
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It is the oldest municipality in the South Florida metropolitan area, having been incorporated as a city two years before Miami in November 1894.


They resisted the government’s efforts to move them to the Indian Territory west of the Mississippi. Most settlers engaged in the growing of tropical fruits and vegetables for shipment the north via Lake Worth and the Indian River. The city grew steadily during the 1890s and the first two decades of the 20th century, most residents were engaged in the tourist industry and related services or winter vegetable market and tropical fruit trade. Originally, Flagler intended for his Florida East Coast Railway to have its terminus in West Palm, but after the area experienced a deep freeze, he chose to extend the railroad to Miami instead. The base was vital to the allied war effort, as it provided an excellent training facility and had unparalleled access to North Africa for a North American city.
However, many of the city's residents still lived within a narrow six-block wide strip from the south to north end. However, the city boundaries were not expanded much with the exception of the "Water Catchment Area", an uninhabited area in the northwest part of the city. But before it was developed, the land was sold to William Ohlhaber, who raised coconut palms and ferns. He named it El Cid, after the celebrated Spanish hero, Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar, who conquered Valencia in 1094. Recently, residents rallied to have stop signs installed throughout the neighborhood and have banded together to ward off commercial and industrial zoning. The neighborhood has one of the city's best collection of early craftsman-style bungalows, as well as some modest, Mediterranean revival-style homes. The oldest building in the neighborhood is Northboro Elementary School at 36th Street and Spruce, built in 1925 by DaCamara and Chace.
Tamarind and Rosemary Avenues were the commercial centers for blacks by 1915, but most commercial buildings have been demolished or remodeled so the architecture is no longer significant. The Neighborhood Association has worked several years to achieve the distinction of historic designation. Whether mountain biking through a lush rainforest or snorkeling with sharks, you'll experience things you've only imagined. The lush landscape of the wildlife reserves and pristine marine parkland of Roatán awaits you on your cruise to Honduras. Scarborough's deepwater harbour was built in 1991; before that ships were forced to anchor offshore.
Thomas cruises dock in one of the busiest and most developed ports in the West Indies-Charlotte Amalie, the island’s historic capital. Between 1818 and 1858, three wars were fought between Seminoles and the United States government.
In 1909, Palm Beach County was formed by the Florida State Legislature and West Palm Beach became the county seat. Also during World War II, German U-Boats sank dozens of merchant ships and oil tankers just off the coast of West Palm Beach. The neighborhoods were strictly segregated between White and African-American populations, a legacy that the city still struggles with today. Known as Grassy Waters, it now serves as a reservoir for the city drinking water as well as a nature preserve. Copp, a bachelor in the boating business, borrowed $367.20 from Valentine Jones to buy the land. The neighborhood became a West Palm Beach historic district in 1995 and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. The hurricane season is officially from June 1 through November 30, with the peak months being August, September, and October. The famous Art Deco District is nearby with exciting shopping and the night life of trendy South Beach.400 boat slips provide plenty of dock space in South Florida for vessels up to 250 feet. Census counted over 200 people settled along Lake Worth in the vicinity of what would become West Palm Beach. In 1916, a new neo-classical courthouse was opened, which has been painstakingly restored back to its original condition, and is now used as the local history museum. Nearby Palm Beach was under black out conditions to minimize night visibility to German U-boats. The authorized project will provide 30-year flood protection to the urbanized eastern basin and 10-year flood protection to the western basin. The ownership of what is now known as Central Park changed hands many times before being developed. Most of the homes in the neighborhood, developed from 1921 to 1930, are mission style, but nearly every style is represented.
The Alice Frederick Mickens house, at 801 Fourth St., is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
There are houses here designed by notable architects John Volk (best known for his Palm Beach houses), William Manly King (who designed Palm Beach High School and the Armory Arts Center) and Henry Steven Harvey (whose Seaboard Railroad Passenger Station on Tamarind Avenue is listed in the National Register of Historic Places). Northwood Hills has a number of Mission Revival houses, a significant collection of Post-World War II architecture, a unique street layout, and one of the highest elevations in the City. The area at this time also boasted a hotel, the "Cocoanut House", a church, and a post office. A station for All Aboard Florida, a high speed passenger rail service serving Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Orlando, is under construction as of July 2015. Ohlhaber's grandson said Ohlhaber bought the tract to provide dockage for his 90-foot (27 m) yacht, but the yacht ran aground in the Gulf of Mexico and never reached Lake Worth. Around 1919, the tropical wilderness was transformed into an exclusive neighborhood with curbed roads, sidewalks and a pier (at the foot of what is now Southern Boulevard). The neighborhood became a West Palm Beach historic district in 1991 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in June 1994. The Northwood Hills neighborhood has also elected to allow the establishment of Bed and Breakfast establishments within the neighborhood.
By land, the marina is only minutes from downtown, Interstate I-95 and 20 minutes to Miami International Airport.
The city was platted by Henry Flagler as a community to house the servants working in the two grand hotels on the neighboring island of Palm Beach, across Lake Worth in 1893, coinciding with the arrival of the Florida East Coast railroad.
In 1947 Hone's house was bought by Max Brombacher, Henry Flagler's chief engineer, and it remains in the Brombacher family today. The neighborhood became part of West Palm Beach in 1926, and was named a city historic district in December 1993. Only two buildings in the historic district are known to have been designed by architects: 701 Flamingo Drive designed by Harvey and Clarke, and the Armory Arts Center designed by William Manly King. Flagler paid two area settlers, Captain Porter and Louie Hillhouse, a combined sum of $45,000 for the original town site, stretching from Clear Lake to Lake Worth. The neighborhood became a West Palm Beach historic district in January 1993 and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. Cherry, Florida's first black woman legislator and a resident of Miami, inherited the house from relative Mollie Holt, who built the house in 1926. Turn right onto 5th Street and proceed west to Alton Road (traffic signal immediately prior to the bridge leaving ).



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