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THE PALM BEACHES - A NATURAL PARADISE
 
(2017 - Winter Issue)

Writer: STEVE WINSTON



In The Palm Beaches, also known as Palm Beach County, it’s easy to “get out into nature.” As the largest county southeast of the Mississippi River, it encompasses almost 5,700 square kilometres, stretching from the Atlantic on its eastern shores to the Everglades in the west. In between, a variety of ecosystems and beautiful nature preserves thrive.

Some of the best places to find your “natural” self in The Palm Beaches are in its parks, which cover more than 32 square kilometres, or its waterways. For instance, Lake Okeechobee, the 10th largest lake in America, is a 1,715-square-kilometre recreational wonderland.

In Palm Beach County, wildlife isn’t “out there”—it’s right here! At the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, you can explore 583 square kilometres of serene Everglades wetlands, inhabited by animals such as white-tailed deer, bobcats, river otters, turtles, and, of course, alligators. At the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, you can observe animals native to Florida, such as black bears and Florida panthers, being nursed back to health.

You can view the big cats at the Panther Ridge Conservation Center, which cares for injured or unwanted ones. Here, rare animals, like South American pumas or African black panthers, roam free in African-like habitats. And the nearby Manatee Lagoon Center is noted for its up-close-and-personal look at these gentle “sea cows,” which swim right up to you at the Observation Deck.

You may be surprised to learn the beaches of Palm Beach County are the world’s most dense nesting grounds for loggerhead sea turtles. You can see these giant creatures at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, which offers a variety of guided nighttime tours of the nesting grounds. And many beachside hotels and resorts such as the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa and Eau Palm Beach have conservation programs on-site.

Want to get out onto the water? Charter fishing boats can take you to some of the best fishing grounds on Earth. Prefer getting wet instead? You can snorkel or dive at one of the county’s 150 artificial reefs (and old shipwrecks) or at the Underwater Snorkeling Trail at Phil Foster Park.

You see, in The Palm Beaches, you can “get out into nature” as soon as you walk out of your hotel.

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