Kind of like the Hamptons but with less of a nightlife scene, this playground for the rich and famous is a society based on benefit bashes, second houses (mansions), very fine dining and Beverly Hills-style shopping. If chiming right in is a bit out of your league, you're certainly not alone. But you shouldn't be scared off, either. A stroll along the truly Gold Coast beach is stunning, a slow drive past the massive gated compounds (or a walk through the Breakers hotel) is anthropological-based gawking at its best, and chowing down at one of the few affordable restaurants is a sober reminder that not everyone is a Rockefeller (witness the very real waitresses and short-order cooks at Green's Pharmacy). Love it or hate it, 'the Island,' as it's called, is a classic and inextricable part of Florida life.