Get Wet Watersports offers its guests a relaxing and authentic island experience with slow paced travel options featuring Jamis Taxi Beach Cruisers. Relax and slip on your sandals, slow down the pace and see Palm Beach like the locals do! It’s no secret that one of the best ways to see Palm Beach is by bicycle. Cruise down the back roads at your own pace and discover all the hidden away places that only the locals know about. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of our island paradise while getting a little exercise at the same time! Ride for the hour or ride for the day.
History of Singer Island:
Singer Island owes its name to Paris Singer, heir to the sewing machine fortune. In 1920, he visited Palm Beach and met Addison Mizner. He agreed to pay the architect a $6,000 a year retainer for life if his work was confined exclusively to the Palm Beach area. Deputy Town Clerk Singer took his friends for picnics to a beautiful island north of Palm Beach which they called “Singer’s Island”. Singer’s dream was to build two enormous hotels there. On the south end would be the Paris Singer Hotel, and on the north end, the Blue Heron Hotel with a 36 hole golf course.
The estimated price was four million dollars – a fantastic amount in those years. Mizner was to design the hotels, but it is said Singer was so eager to start, construction of the Blue Heron was begun before the drawings were started. The opening date was set for 1926. The hotel’s service wing was the first and the last to be completed. Singer’s original plan was to finance the building from the sale of lots throughout the island. The Florida land boom was already slowing down in 1925, and hurricanes and the stock market crash dealt a mortal blow to Singer’s finances. The shell of the Blue Heron remained for 14 years until it was demolished for scrap steel in the 1940’s. Singer reportedly left Florida a poor man and spent his years in Egypt on a houseboat on the Nile River.