People tend to think of the area north of the Jupiter Inlet as being on the Treasure Coast while the area to the south is commonly referred to as the Gold Coast or the Palm Beaches. In terms of trading areas, county lines tend to be invisible when people go about their daily business. People travel back and forth among the counties of the Treasure Coast to jobs, schools, hospitals, shopping centers, restaurants, cultural and sports events.
Palm Beach County is one of the largest of the 67 counties in Florida. Land area alone is approximately 2,023 square miles (2,578 square miles including lakes). To appreciate how large Palm Beach County is, consider that it dwarfs Rhode Island and is larger than Delaware. The eastern edge of the County is renowned for its beaches. Palm Beach County's approximate 45 miles of beautiful shoreline was named "Gold Coast" after the gold recovered from the Spanish Galleons that sank offshore. The same can be said for the "Treasure Coast" to the North.
Palm Beach County has numerous colleges in the area that offer a broad spectrum of higher education. Florida's first public community college, Palm Beach Community College, has four campus locations that offer associate and vocational/technical degrees, non-credit courses and workshops. With two campuses, Florida Atlantic University offers undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs. Palm Beach Atlantic College is a four-year liberal arts college. Northwood University specializes in business and management degrees. Other colleges in the area include Barry University, Lynn University, College of the Palm Beaches, and Nova University.
Palm Beach County abounds with parks and other recreational facilities. The county's Parks and Recreation Department has 51 developed parks (many with water sports and beaches), four swimming pools, three campgrounds, two golf courses, equestrian facilities, ball fields, fitness trails, and hundreds of handball, racquetball and tennis courts.
Palm Beach County is home to the Professional Golfers' Association, headquartered near PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens and is often referred to as "the Golf Capital of the World." There are more than 140 golf courses located in Palm Beach County.
Palm Beach County offers a multitude of cultural attractions suitable for even the most discriminating tastes. For those who enjoy the classical sounds of music, the theater, and the ballet, some of the organizations to become familiar with are the Royal Poinciana Playhouse, Watson B. Duncan Theater, Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, Palm Beach Ballet Society and the Florida Philharmonic. The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts provides the finest cultural productions available.
Historical buffs will enjoy touring the museums located in the County. These include the Loxahatchee Historical Museum and the Jupiter Lighthouse Museum, Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Norton Gallery of Art, the Morikami Museum, the International Museum of Cartoon Art and the Boca Raton Museum of Art, among others.
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