Monday, November 2, 2009
Singer Island, Palm Beach Shores, Florida
*a neat rainy morning, though it was brief and didn't ruin the day, as you can see by the sunset that evening, click on pic's to enlarge
Singer Island is named for Paris Eugene Singer, the 23rd child of Isaac Singer, the sewing machine magnate. Sub-tropical weather, and water all around. Beach vacations here are becoming quite popular. Though historically Inlet City (Palm Beach Shores in 1906) was nothing more than a location for fisherman and squatters. Fisherman dried their cotton fish nets out, because there was land there to do so.
Time passes, the rich and famous live now in West Palm Beach, just a short distance away. The land dredged out to help ships pass through the inlet helped to form Singer Island. Built for the wife of Mr. Singer to enjoy her summer home.
Beautiful landscape with the ocean on one side, and shipping inlet on the other. The Island is only a couple of blocks wide. In addition to beautiful sunrises and sunsets; walking the beach, laying out getting a tan, you can enjoy watching all the ships that come and go. Some are pleasure boats (we saw Tiger Woods boat on 2 occasions), some are freighters carrying cargo, some fishing vessels, tugs; and beautiful sailboats.
We stayed at Marriott's Ocean Pointe and I highly recommend it. Beautiful accomodations, several pools because sometimes you want the pool over the sand, children's play area's, exercise rooms, balcony's to enjoy the views, poolside bar and grill for snacks. And because the Island is so small, there are several nice restaurants within walking distance for dinner; as well places for a quick pick up lunch or dinner like subway. You can grill out in one of the many grills, you can cook in your room as the one and two bedroom facilities have full kitchens. Even the efficiency has a small kitchen area with microwave, and fridge so breakfast and lunch are easy options. We met 2 couples staying in the efficiency side (which are quite roomy), and they were so well organized they cooked out almost every night from the food in their rooms. The kitchen's are equiped with table settings, glasses etc.
Bathing beauties we weren't; but we did enjoy lounging on the beach. You can rent chairs, and umbrella's right there on the beach. The building's in the background are some of those at Ocean Pointe.
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