5 Best Photo Opportunities in Palm Beach

by Gabriela Garcia, an AOL Travel ContributorPosted Oct 18th 2010 04:34 PM

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Photo Opportunities Palm Beach

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From turn-of-the-century streets and nature preserves to practically isolated beaches - there is an abundance of places here for great photo opportunities. Palm Beach is diverse enough to attract every shutterbug visitor from the leisurely socialite to the nature-loving bird watcher. Here's a guide to five of the most iconic shots:


Best Classic Photo: Worth Avenue


Worth Avenue, known as the "Rodeo Drive of the Southeast," is the most quintessential of photo opportunities Palm Beach has to offer –soaring palm trees, stylish shops and their fashionable patrons, fancy cars cruising the strip, and the Atlantic ocean beckoning at the end of it all. The buildings are typical of scenic Palm Beach architecture – a mix of modern and old-world Spanish colonial two-story constructions with red ceramic-tiled roofs, arched entryways, and open-air balconies dotted with tropical flowers.

Head to the intersection of Worth Avenue and Hibiscus Avenue to photograph the buildings against the ocean backdrop, or wander through the side streets to 4 Via Parigi, where you can shoot famous 1920s architect Addison Mizner's Everglades Club, a private club built to look like a Spanish mission.

Worth Ave
Palm Beach, FL 22480
561-655-7191
http://www.worth-avenue.com

Best Family Fun Photo: McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary


There are more than enough opportunities to see wildlife in Palm Beach, with the scenic Palm Beach Zoo and Lion Country Safari among the most popular of children's attractions. But no place offers the chance to get as up close and personal with the animals as McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary.

Founded by Mark McCarthy in the early 1990s, it serves as a refuge for more than 100 exotic animals that are injured, sick or have been confiscated due to illegal possession. Kids can get their picture taken holding snakes and baby alligators, and playing ball with tigers (don't worry, it's from a distance), and parents can get close-up shots of lions, panthers and exotic birds without any distracting railings or commercial signposts in the way. McCarthy's will provide you with some of the best photo ops Palm Beach has to offer.

McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary
12943 61st St North
West Palm Beach, FL 33412
561-790-2116
http://www.mccarthyswildlife.com
Tours by appointment Mon-Sat 11AM, noon, 1PM, 2PM
Adults $20, children $10

Best Romantic Photo: The Breakers


The Breakers is an historic landmark hotel with some very romantic photo opportunities. Palm Beach's most prominent historic citizen, oil and railroad tycoon, Henry Flagler, hired 72 Italian artisans in 1896 to style the 140-acre property after a Mediterranean Renaissance villa. The result was a grand maze of hand-painted ceilings and tapestries, courtyards and gardens that welcomed U.S. presidents, European nobility and magnates like the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts as guests.

The hotel is included in the National Register of Historic Places, and has been attracting honeymooners for decades. Make it out to one of the oceanfront courtyards or beach bungalows for one of the best photo ops of Palm Beach's gorgeous sunset, or wander the elaborate gardens and towers for shots of intricate fountains and blooming flowers.

The Breakers
1 South County Rd
Palm Beach, FL 33480
561-655-6611
http://www.thebreakers.com/

Best Quirky Photo: Blowing Rocks Preserve


The Blowing Rocks Preserve is a stretch of beach located on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and a lagoon. It gets its name from the phenomenon that occurs when waves hit the eroded limestone rocks that dot the landscape, shooting plumes of water through the holes that can reach as high as 50 feet. As you can imagine, this makes for some great photo opportunities for those interested in quirky travel photography. The best chance to catch shots of "blowing rocks" is in the winter during high tide.

Blowing Rocks Preserve
574 South Beach Rd
Hobe Sound
Palm Beach County, FL 33455
561-744-6668 http://www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/florida/preserves/art5522.html
Daily 9AM-4:30PM
Adults $2, children free

Best Scenic Photo: Sailfish Marina


Shots of docked yachts, fishermen pulling in their catch and a sunset splaying red and magenta as pelicans fly into the horizon is typical of what you can capture at the Sailfish Marina, a complex that features a bayside resort, a restaurant and shops. You can see old photographs of the bustling dock from the 1940s, back when it was known as Bill's Marina, lining the walls of the resort.

The restaurant overlooking Peanut Island serves fresh local seafood and is one of the most popular places to watch the sun set over the scenic Palm Beach oceanfront.

Sailfish Marina
98 Lake Dr
West Palm Beach, FL 33404
561-844-1724
http://www.sailfishmarina.com
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