There’s a lot to discover in the Palm Beaches and West Palm Beach, the county’s city seat, embraces visitors with year-round excitement, a wide range of attractions, renowned art centers and some of the nation’s most alluring and beautiful waterfronts.
There is a myriad of reasons to vacation in West Palm Beach. It is a vibrant city fortunate to savor the special appeal of a subtropical weather and within reach of miles of pristine beaches like Palm Beach and Singer Island. West Palm Beach waterfront offers a relaxing blend of natural beauty. Sitting in the urban Intracoastal Waterway of Lake Worth Lagoon, the city is host to superb hotels, some of the finest restaurants in all of Florida and many annual festivals and entertaining events. SunFest, for example, is one of the most recognized events in the southeast. The 5 days event is the largest music, art festival by the waterfront in the country and a unique experience for all visitors.
Our tropical rainforest climate has mean temperatures above 64.4 °F (18 °C) most of the year. The wet season in the city is May through October with hot, humid and wet days. Average temperature from April through October is 90 °F (32 °C).
West Palm Beach has grown to become one of Florida’s largest cities. It is the principal metropolitan area of Palm Beach County where there’s wonderful weather all year long with average winter daytime temperature in the mid 70’s and over 90 degrees in summer. There are thousand acres of land for residents to explore many parks featuring sports facilities, camp sites, biking trails and lakes.
The city is structured into 12 historic neighborhoods and communities —Bel Air Historic District, Central Park, El Cid, Flamingo Park, Grandview Heights, Mango Promenade, Northboro Park, Northwest, Old Northwood Historic District, Northwood Hills Historic District, Prospect Park, and West Northwood Historic District— many of them now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Among them, Grandview Heights, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods still intact, has one of the city’s best collection of early craftsman-style bungalows, as well as some modest, Mediterranean revival-style homes. Half of Grandview Heights was demolished in 1989 and became CityPlace, which is the hub of entertainment for the city featuring a movie theater, night clubs, restaurants, retail stores and multi-story town houses and apartments.
Downtown West Palm Beach
The city’s downtown is a favorite play, work and live destination.
Another popular historic commercial district is Clematis Street. This is West Palm Beach’s historic “main street” and shopping avenue. It is a favorite destination for visitors where they can find national brands and local retailers, top-flight cultural venues, colorful boutiques, nightclubs, restaurants, and art galleries. On Thursday nights a popular party that goes by the name of Clematis by Night is celebrated along the area where this popular street joins the waterfront main avenue. Clematis by Night features a weekly music concert with a wide variety of entertaining activities and vendors.
There are various shopping districts in the city. Antique Row, located on the south side of the city along Dixie Highway. Antique Row is one of the east coast’s premier antique districts ever. Northwood Village, a historic commercial district north of downtown, is an area that has been turned into a popular arts district. Palm Beach Outlets is the biggest shopping district in West Palm Beach. The outlets features more than a 100 stores including brand favorites like Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, J.Crew | crewcuts Factory, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Kenneth Cole, Talbots, Jones New York, and Under Armoura, just to mention some. It is an eco-friendly shopping destination under covered breezeways providing natural airflow.
Attractions in West Palm Beach
There’s always something for everyone all year ’round!
West Palm Beach is known for a multitude of cultural attractions. Festivals, concerts, live theater, opera, ballet, and art fairs are at the top of the city’s best cultural destinations. The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre at the South Florida Fairgrounds, and Palm Beach Dramaworks in Downtown are some of the big players in the county. Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum (1916 Court House), and the Norton Museum of Art provide History buffs enough reasons to explore and love West Palm Beach.
Palm Beach International Airport serves all visitors traveling to and from the city. Tri-Rail commuter rail system serves the city from a historical station located on the west side of Tamarind Avenue and provides commuter rides north to Mangonia Park and south to Miami. Amtrak has daily trains arriving and departing to points north. A new train station (All Aboard Florida) is being built. It will begin its operation in 2017 using Brightline, a high-speed passenger service connecting the existing Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) corridor between Miami and Cocoa and the corridor between Cocoa and the Orlando International Airport.
Plan your next trip to West Palm Beach. Come and discover a passion for service, attractions like no others in the world, beaches, hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops that make the city one of the preferred travel destinations in South Florida. Your journey starts here…