Living on Singer IslandIyna Bort Caruso
When it comes to location, Singer Island is hard to beat: a colony sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Worth in the eastern part of Palm Beach County, one of the wealthiest counties in Florida.
“Island” is actually a misnomer. Singer Island is a peninsula that was once connected to Palm Beach. To provide safe haven for boats and fishing fleets, an inlet to Lake Worth was dredged in 1917, and the two communities were separated.
Outstanding fishing built the reputation of this community named for developer Paris Singer, a son of the sewing machine tycoon. Its proximity to the warm Gulf Stream currents--the closest point in the country to the currents--has resulted in waters teeming with game fish. Singer Island’s evolution into a winter resort began in the 1950s and, today, the waters draw yachting enthusiasts as well as anglers.
Locals and second-home owners put the seven miles of Singer Island’s white sand beaches up against the best in the state. A paved pedestrian trail stretches the length of the island with bonus water views. The north end of Singer Island is home to John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. The late financier donated the land, which is now an eco-adventure destination to see rare tropical plants, scuba dive, snorkel, kayak and bird watch.
Singer Island is secluded and yet accessible. Vacation homeowners are within an easy drive of equestrian clubs, championship golf courses, polo matches and the exclusive shops of Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue. Palm Beach International Airport is less than 10 miles away.
Winter escapees can find single-family homes and villas on Singer Island, but waterfront condominiums are most prevalent. At the high end of the market, high rise residences deliver a concierge lifestyle with country club-quality amenities.