Heralded as the "Gateway to the Gulf Stream", Boynton Beach real estate has been an idyllic setting for tourists in Florida since the days after the Civil War. From traditional neighborhoods offering the charm of "Old Florida" to the new multi-million dollar marina being developed along with the revitalization of the downtown business district, Boynton Beach has a niche for every lifestyle. Boynton Beach has some of our finest communities such as Equus and Harbor Estates and some of the finest waterfront properties such as Lake Eden. Area highlights include: Renaissance Commons offering dining experiences from BBQ to pizza to sushi Green Cay Nature Center and Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge highlighting Everglades environment and preservation Upscale shopping at Boynton Beach Mall with anchor stores including Macy's and Dillard's Home to many festivals throughout the year including ethnic fairs, food & drink tastings and holiday events . Boynton Beach is a city in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. The population was 60,389 at the 2000 census. As of 2006, the city had a population of 66,714 according to the University of Florida, Bureau of Economic and Business Research. Boynton Beach is a principal city of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a 2006 estimated population of 5,463,857. In 1894, two years before Henry Morrison Flagler built his railroad, a former American Civil War major named Nathan S. Boynton first set eyes on the area that now bears his name. He was so impressed by the natural beauty of the year-round sunshine and pristine beaches, he built the famous Boynton Beach Hotel to serve as his family's summer residence. The first settlers soon realized that many fruits and vegetables thrived in the fertile climate. Cultivated pineapples, tomatoes, mangoes, and citrus fruit were packed in crates and shipped by the ton on the newly-built Florida East Coast Railroad to satisfy the appetites of hungry Americans across the country. Boynton Beach was originally incorporated in 1920 as the Town of Boynton. The name "Boynton Beach" actually was first used by a community that broke off from Boynton in 1931. In 1939 that first Boynton Beach changed it name to the current "Ocean Ridge". The Town of Boynton itself took the name "Boynton Beach" in 1941.