The summertime is best spent where white sands and azure sea meet. Water covers 71% of the world so it’s easy to get lost in the sheer quantity (and quality) of choices you can pick from. The situation gets even more confusing when you have to choose between locations that with the same name.
If there are three Palm Beaches in the world, how do you know which is the best one? All jokes aside, you won’t make a mistake if you opt for any of them, but a bit more info on the Palm Beach of Florida, Aruba and New South Wales can uncover which one’s truly for you.
Palm Beach, Florida
In one of the most popular summer-location-states in the US, on the shore of the Atlantic, lies probably the most famous Palm Beach. The location has an interesting history. The town itself was established as a resort by Henry Morrison Flagler, the American industrialist, on one of the barrier islands in the first half of the 1900s. The name was derived from coconut palm tree which is not even native to Florida. It was planted there by the shipwrecked Spanish sailors in 1870s.
The town itself has about 10,000 residents with around 20,000 more comprising of visitors and tourists every year. The barrier island is 16 miles (26 kilometers) long and has a tropical rainforest climate with no dry season. The location has become legendary over time for its top-notch resorts and bustling Worth Avenue, a paradise for shopaholics. It’s Gilded Age architecture is a sight to behold. Probably the best time to visit is during the winter if you’d love to enjoy the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival.
Palm Beach, Aruba
Just 18 miles (28 kilometers) north of Venezuela lies Aruba, an island that used to be a colony of the Kingdom of Netherlands. 69 square miles (179 kilometers) of land are packed with residents – a total population counts over 100,000 people. It is a true jewel of the Caribbean and one of the hottest locations to visit. Palm Beach is on the north side of the island and it’s hard to miss due to the high-rise hotels (including Hyatt, Holiday Inn and Ritz Carlton) that tower over the coast. It’s interesting to note Spanish explorers were the first to land on the shores at the precipice of the 16th century before the Dutch took over in 1805.
Of course, there are smaller apartment complexes for rent and luxurious holiday homes, as well as the obligatory shopping district. The beach itself faces West so it’s renowned for its breathtaking sunsets. Unlike most of the Caribbean landmass, Aruba is unique in having a dry climate and arid landscape. This makes the climate perfect for tourists throughout the year both because the warm weather is not as overwhelming or suffocating and due to the fact that it lies outside Hurricane Alley.
Palm Beach, New South Wales
Half-way around the world, there’s a suburb tucked away in the northern beaches region of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. This little nugget of tropical paradise, going by the name of Palm Beach, also known as “Palmy”, is located 25 miles (or 41 kilometers – don’t forget, they use the metric system in the Land Down Under). It lies at the very end of the long peninsula, and its golden beaches have attracted numerous celebrities to buy lots there. However, you needn’t worry, there are plenty scenic Palm Beach holiday rentals for the tourists.
The beach itself has been so popular, it served as a backdrop for the filming of a soap opera “Home and Away”. The name is derived, naturally, from the Cabbage Tree palms that grow mostly in the southern region of the beach. As far as temperatures go, they fluctuate a lot in this region, from 2° to 40° Celsius. Just remember, since Australia lies on the south of the globe, the summer months over there are during the winter months in the northern hemisphere.
Every popular tourist location in the world has something interesting to offer. Each of the aforementioned Palm Beaches is a true treat to visit and, if you can, you should grab a chance to visit each of them. After all, making a preference based on experience is the best (and the most enjoyable) way to go around.