Juan Ponce de Leon, the Spanish explorer who landed in Florida in 1513, named it La Florida, land of flowers. Five hundred years later, Florida thrives as a playground for people of every strata.
It’s not surprising that Florida has been dubbed the Sunshine State. Temperatures average from the mid-50s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit, and South Florida’s subtropical areas rarely experience frosts or freezes. The climate is generally temperate in late fall, winter, and spring, ideal for outdoor fun in the sun. Summers are warmer and more humid.
The state is diverse from the Panhandle to the Florida Keys. This article will focus on Palm Beach, the barrier island, and nearby West Palm Beach, and, a second barrier island, Miami Beach, featuring South Beach and its Art Deco District.