It's well worth taking a trip along Ocean Boulevard to ogle the hotel-sized mansions of the mega rich that line the strip. Don't miss Donald Trump's sprawling Italianate Mar-a-Lago estate (now a country club) complete with tower; or the Spanish-style El Solano, which once belonged to John Lennon.
Just down the coast, affluent Boca Raton with its fantastic white-sand beaches and Mediterranean-style architecture is another of the Gold Coast's gems. There's good fishing and some beautiful nature parks to explore; excellent shopping and dining opportunities at Minzer Park; and a lively performing arts scene with an annual festival.
The Flagler Museum
Railroad mogul Henry Flagler's 1902 mansion, built as a gift for his bride Mary Lily Keenan, is quite a sight to behold. Modelled in the style of a Beaux Arts palace, it has 75 splendidly furnished rooms, some of which are absolutely vast. The mansion's pink aluminium-leaf wallpaper was more expensive than gold at the time it was hung.
If you fancy a break from the beach, take a trip to Florida's largest freshwater lake, Lake Okeechobee. Its hiking trails are perfect for spotting manatees, alligators, wild turkeys, bobcats and all kinds of birdlife, while there's superb fishing for largemouth bass and speckled perch out on the water. You can even take an air boat ride to an Indian camp.
Don't miss seeing Breakers, the original resort on this part of the coast and an icon of Palm Beach. Built in 1896 by Henry Flagler and still owned by his descendants today, its Gilded Age opulence, complete with 200-foot lobby and crystal chandeliers, is guaranteed to wow. Stop for dinner in the Florentine Dining Room or at the Seafood Bar and soak up the atmosphere.