The Breakers pool area
Debbie, Joan and Ian outside at The Breakers
Debbie, Joan and Ian in The Breakers beautiful lobby
The Breakers, built by Henry Flagler in 1896 and rebuilt by his descendants after a1925 fire, is a magnificent Italian Renaissance - style resort that helped launch Florida tourism with its gilded-age opulence, attracting influential, wealthy northerners. The hotel still owned by Flagler's heirs, is a must - stop even if you don't stay here. We walked through the 200 foot lobby, which has soaring arched ceilings painted by 75 Italian artisans and hung with crystal chandeliers, and the ornate Florentine Dining Room decorated with 15th-century Flemish tapestries. We then walked out back and walked along the sea wall. The cab driver told us that rooms start at $1,200.00 a night. We then took a cab back to Sailfish Marina. Tonight we ate dinner at the Sailfish restaurant.