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Best Florida Cities - Butterflies In Coconut Creek

Ms. Inglish has 30 years experience in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, history, and aerospace education for USAF Civil Air Patrol.

Transparent Wings

South American species with transparent window wings.

South American species with transparent window wings.

Coconut Creek, Southeast Florida

This is one of the few cities of the world that boasts butterfly gardens in each of its neighborhoods and a magnificent “green” downtown lifestyle-center mall that includes landscaped residential areas. These features aide Coconut Creek in its designation as 48th Best Place to Live in America, as chosen by Money Magazine for 2010.

Coconut Creek is a planned community in Broward County between Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties. Its designation as Butterfly Capital of the World is the result of the city’s large butterfly sanctuary known as Butterfly World, the largest such facility on earth.

The aviary is a wildlife refuge to more than 80 different species of butterflies and over 5,000 butterflies at any point in time. Tourists from around the globe travel to this aviary to enjoy the beautiful fluttering wildlife and native plants and flowers.

Gardens and parks decorate every neighborhood and add to the ecosystem of the larger community. Butterfly World is also a testament to the city’s dedication to sustainability and overall wildlife conservation.

Orchard Swallowtail

Orchard Swallowtail

Growth Based On Wildlife

Because the city is a planned community, all of its residential neighborhoods and business districts are professionally landscaped and maintained. Two successful business districts include Lyons Technology Center and Lyons Business Park.

The vibrant downtown area is called simply Main Street and includes a regional mall and lifestyle center. Coconut trees were included in the original cityscape to reflect the name of the community. Coconut Creek has won awards and recognition from the American Planning Association and Kodak s well as Money Magazine for its landscaping, ongoing development, and impressive community plaques and signage.

Coconut Creek is planned community with an ongoing schedule of improvements and expansions. Sustainability is a large part of the residential and business community planning and the city hosts a number of trees, green-spaces, waterways, landscaping along roads, parks, and butterfly gardens in individual neighborhoods.

Visitors often describe Coconut Creek as a paradise, with good reason. It is the first place in Florida to be designated a “Community Wildlife Habitat” (the entire city is a wildlife habitat) and it is among the first dozen such habitats in America.

Butterfly World Video

Albino Monarch

Albino Monarch



Butterfly World at Coconut Creek

Coconut Creek’s Vision 2020 plan, included on the city’s website, in part of its ongoing development plan for the decade 2010 – 2020. City leaders intend to broaden city emphasis on the local butterflies in several ways.

They want to do this by offering additional public information such as plaques and exhibits at bus stops, closer examinations of the symbolism of the butterfly, public educational programs, student contests, connections with other local wildlife habitats, involvement of the butterfly in the 50th and subsequent City Anniversary festivals, choosing a Butterfly Month, and hosting public butterfly art as other cities have done with cows, pigs, dolphins, and corn ears. Several additional improvements are planned as well.

No other insect installation compares to Butterfly World. While other cities have butterfly aviaries, Coconut Creek’s is the largest and furthest developed in the world. Many US garden conservatories host an astonishing Butterfly Garden exhibit annually and if you combine perhaps 10 of these, you begin to have what is available in Butterfly World.

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A day spent in this ambiance is enchanting and brings one’s central self to a different place. Many visitors do not want to leave and many return several times. A day spent among butterflies is magic.

*In The Garden*


Rice paper flutters,

Gossamer wonder

Bears the soul to Paradise.

— P Inglish, 2010

Ten Acres Of Aviaries

Butterfly World covers 10 acres of landscaping with aviaries and botanical gardens. It includes a butterfly farm where butterflies are raised for the aviaries and operates a research laboratory. All of these features reside in Tradewinds Park.

Hummingbirds and lorikeets are attractions in their own aviaries among the butterflies. The attraction has raised butterflies for zoos and other facilities, but works hardest on preserving endangered species and placing them among other wildlife in natural habitats, including butterflies, birds, and native plants and flowers. A concert series adds extra magic.

See Butterfly World and the artwork it has inspired on Facebook.

Tradewinds Park Butterfly Heaven

Loving Coconut Creek

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Shopping and Attractions

The Promenade at Coconut Creek is the city’s large open-air mall or lifestyle center, which earned LEED pre-certified development status in compliance with Coconut Creek’s drive to promote sustainability. Mall and lifestyle center anchors include Coldwater Creek (a successful upscale clothier), DSW Shoes, and the very popular Banana Republic, as well as a gaming resort of the Seminole Nation.

A large office building on site houses insurance companies and other services. Together with recreation and entertainment venues and a conservation area, the full Main Street/Creek Commons development will soon encompass 1,000,000 square feet in Downtown Coconut Creek. It is planned to be a completely green project.

Additional attractions include:

  • American Top Team - MMA celebrities and champions at
  • Butterfly World -
  • Community Center and Recreation Complex
  • A Seminole Nation-owned resort and gaming facility
  • Sabal Pines Park
  • Tradewinds Park

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A local Wood Stork.

A local Wood Stork.

Major Hiring Employers

During February 2013, at least 44,000 openings were listed for the areas within 35 miles of Coconut Creek, Florida. The major employers are:

  1. Tenet Healthcare
  2. Broward Health
  3. Falstaff Travel Nursing
  4. Staffing Agencies and Recruiters
  5. PTRS
  6. Memorial Healthcare System
  7. Delray Medical Center
  8. Medical Connections
  9. Bank of America
  10. AT&T
  11. Cleveland Clinic in Florida
  12. Nova Southeastern University
  13. Macy's

Top 10 Job Listings

The highest demand jobs out of 25,000+ listings for Coconut Creek are involved in Retail, Healthcare, and Financial Products.

The larger part of these job vacancies can be found in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Hollywood, Pompano Beach, and Boynton Beach; and several hundred jobs can be found in each of many of the communities within a 25-mile radius of Coconut Creek.

  1. Doctors - OB/GYB
  2. Sales Representatives
  3. Account Managers – Sales and Financial products.
  4. Registered Nurses – RNs, includes Specialty Nursing and Travel Nursing
  5. Occupational Therapists
  6. Physical Therapists
  7. Administrative Assistants
  8. Senior Accountants
  9. Speech Language Pathologists
  10. Physical Therapist’s Assistants

Comparisons- Florida Jobs

250,000+ Job vacancies were listed for Florida in Autumn 2010, holding steady all the way into 2016, new jobs being opened as older listings were filled.

The Number One Top Advertised position is Physical Therapist. This reflects the growing number of retirees living in Florida that benefit from physical therapy as treatment for conditions and prevention of immobility.

Physical therapists are also useful to amateur and professional sports teams in the state. Physical therapists are also enjoying an increase in demand among physical fitness clubs, health spas, and country clubs that cater to Florida residents and travelers.

  1. Physical Therapists
  2. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  3. Physical Therapists – Full- and Part-Time, Home Health and Nursing Homes
  4. Physical Therapists - Outpatient Clinics
  5. Physical Therapists - Hospitals
  6. Physical Therapist’s Assistants
  7. Occupational Therapists
  8. Retail Salespeople
  9. Assistant Managers
  10. Speech/Language Pathologists

Top 10 Major Metro Areas in Florida that offer the largest numbers of job openings:

Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale, Saint Petersburg, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Myers, and Pensacola. Several of these are in the Coconut Creek area of Southeastern Florida.

© 2010 Patty Inglish MS


ellahall2011 on July 08, 2011:

As usual, great hub! I never heard about transparent wings butterfly. Thanks to this. I learned.

Support Med. from Michigan on January 14, 2011:

Enjoyed the video!! And the slideshow!!! Never saw a 'transparent' butterfly before. They all are beautiful. Butterfly World is an awesome place. Had a garden once that drew lots of butterflies to it. Re: Florida Jobs, seems medical assisting never gets on the list no matter where it is. Many have gone back to school for the training. However, the door to the medical field seems to stay open, especially for therapetic reason, i.e., physical therapists and nurse assistants. Voted/rated.

jcales on October 27, 2010:

those are incredible. I also like Florida.

SUSIE DUZY from Delray Beach, Florida on October 26, 2010:

I live in Florida and love it. I don't think it matters what city, it is a great place to live.

Ask Bill on October 21, 2010:

Wow I've never seen such amazing butterflies! I had no idea that a butterfly with transparent wings even existed!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 19, 2010:

It reminds me of the walk-through bird house at the Smithsonian Zoo some years go, where we say birds of paradise and where I found that the Kiwi is not extinct.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on October 19, 2010:

That was a wonderful experience to read about and see all these wonderful pictures of Butterflies.

Shane Belceto from WA USA on October 19, 2010:

First I have heard of this area .. sounds beautiful my girls and I shall have to put this on our list to visit .. and you know the question coming next ... lol ... how far from WDW? smiles

~Expect Miracles

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 19, 2010:

That's an oxymoron.

Amie Warren on October 19, 2010:

Most of what are touted as the "best places to live in FL" are towns for the wealthy. Sure, any place is nice to live in if you have money. You notice, no cities with large populations of poor people are ever on the list.

muchsuccess2u from United States on October 19, 2010:

Thanks the slides of the butterflies. They are so beautiful. Great article!

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