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Florida ranks among the best for warm vacations!
NEW: Florida cities rank among the best warm vacation destinations in the country
Sarah Elsesser Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
1:37 p.m Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 National news
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It’s definitely felt like “winter” these past few days in Florida, but even with the cooler temperatures, one part of the state is considered the best winter holiday destination.
WalletHub looked at 60 of the largest metro areas in the United States and compared them on 32 key factors including flight data, weather predictions and vacation cost.
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Orlando ranked No. 1 for the best warm destination for winter travel. It also has the most restaurants per square foot of population and 5th-most attractions out of the warm destinations, according to WalletHub.
How did the rest of the Sunshine State compare? Well, there were 5 other metro areas on the top 20 list of warm destinations.
Miami- Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area ranked 16th overall and 5th for most warm-weather activities, WalletHub found.
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Why Go to West Palm Beach?
Home to America's rich and famous (Donald Trump, Jimmy Buffett, Howard Stern and James Patterson, to name a few) for nearly a century, West Palm Beach provides the most luxurious version of the relaxing Floridian lifestyle. Or so people think. Its actually Palm Beach – the coastal neighborhood adjacent to West Palm – that serves as the spot where these moguls and celebrities choose to build their waterfront winter homes. Its younger sister, West Palm, was originally an off-shoot. Now the latter is a vacation spot in its own right, offering travelers an array of away-from-the-shore attractions and hotel options for all budgets. You might only be able to distinguish between the two areas by crossing the Intracoastal Waterway and looking at the housing prices.
While the rest of the country battles snowstorms, residents of West Palm Beach relax by the water and soak up Florida's year-round sunshine. And despite the area's tradition of catering to glamorous, designer-decorated clientele, Palm Beach's shores and West Palm's historical neighborhoods appeal to many types. In fact, the famous clientele is part of the city's allure.
The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on analysis of expert and user opinions.
West Palm Beach is ranked as:
Best Things To Do in West Palm Beach
Once the home of Palm Beach residents' servants and oil and railroad tycoon Henry Flagler's workers, West Palm now acts as one of South Florida's premier cultural hubs. All sorts of museums and arts venues can be found here, including the Norton Museum of Art and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. And with stunning Intracoastal views and constant sunshine, it's hardly surprising that West Palm residents also enjoy being one with nature. Sites like Lion Country Safari, the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society and McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary offer visitors a chance to see various animals, while tranquil settings like Mounts Botanical Garden and Okeeheelee Park connect travelers to West Palm's beautiful surroundings. West Palm boasts a buzzing nightlife and high-end retail scene, too, thanks to popular areas like Clematis Street and CityPlace.
How we rank Things to Do.
- McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary
#1 in West Palm Beach
- Clematis Street
#2 in West Palm Beach
- Lion Country Safari
#3 in West Palm Beach
- Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
#4 in West Palm Beach
- Norton Museum of Art
#5 in West Palm Beach
- Okeeheelee Park
#6 in West Palm Beach
#7 in West Palm Beach
#8 in West Palm Beach
- Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County
#9 in West Palm Beach
- Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society
#10 in West Palm Beach
2017 (15) Best Hotels in West Palm Beach
We’ve ranked the top hotels in West Palm Beach based on an unbiased analysis of awards, expert recommendations and user ratings. Out of 12 luxury hotels, 4 earned a Gold badge by scoring in the top 10 percent of the Best Hotels in the USA. View List
- #1 The Breakers (Palm Beach)
- #2 Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa (Palm Beach)
- #3 Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach (Palm Beach)
- #4 The Brazilian Court Palm Beach (Palm Beach)
- #5 The Chesterfield Palm Beach (Palm Beach)
- #6 Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa (Singer Island)
- #7 Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa (Jupiter)
- #8 Kimpton Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa (Palm Beach)
- #9 Hilton West Palm Beach (West Palm Beach)
- #10 PGA National Resort & Spa (Palm Beach Gardens)
- #11 Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place (Jupiter)
- #12 The Colony Palm Beach (Palm Beach)
- #13 Marriott's Oceana Palms (Singer Island)
- #14 Sundy House (Delray Beach)
- #15 Casa Grandview (West Palm Beach)
Read Reviews for Casa Grandview
Best Times to Visit West Palm Beach
To avoid the hottest temperatures and biggest crowds, the best times to visit West Palm Beach are at the end of spring (April to May) and the beginning of fall (September to October). You'll be greeted by temperatures that fluctuate between the mid-60s and high 80s while avoiding peak airfare and hotel rates. Families will flood the area when school is out during the summer, and in winter, older part-time residents (or "snowbirds") will resettle in the area to escape the North's cooler temperatures. Keep in mind, though, that Florida's hurricane season comes in the fall, so weather could be an issue at this time.
*Best Months: Mar-May, Sept-Nov
With temperatures that hover between the low 60s and mid-80s, spring in West Palm Beach provides visitors with warm weather sans the crowds that swarm in the summer and winter. However, snowbirds typically don't return north for the summer until after Easter, so consider planning your trip during late spring to ensure thinned crowds and the best rates. Also, be sure to catch SunFest, one of the largest music festivals in Florida.
- Winter Equestrian Festival (January-April)
- Palm Beach International Boat Show (March)
- Palm Beach International Film Festival (April)
- SunFest (April-May)
South Florida's summers are notoriously hot, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the low 90s. High humidity is also the norm during this time, so plan to drink lots of water to beat the heat. Families may flock to West Palm during summer recess, but lower hotel rates mean booking a trip in the summer may save you the most bucks.
- 4th on Flagler (July)
- Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest (July)
You may have to contend with a hurricane during this season, but you'll also enjoy temperatures in the mid-60s to high 80s. Despite higher temperatures at the start of the season, September and October are an ideal time to visit should you hope to avoid high prices and large crowds. Just remember to leave by November, when Florida's snowbirds begin to arrive for the holidays.
- Flavor Palm Beach (September)
- LagoonFest (November)
- CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show (November)
The city's high season is winter, when visitors flee the cold of their northern hometowns to enjoy Florida's famous year-round sunshine. But come wintertime, airfare and hotel rates rise, making an already pricey destination even more expensive to visit. Though day temperatures will be heavenly (between the mid-50s and mid-70s), spending the holidays in this coastal paradise will cost you dearly.
- Palm Beach Food & Wine Fest (December)
- Art Palm Beach (January)
- South Florida Fair (January)
- Winter Equestrian Festival (January-April)
Oldest City in South Florida
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WEST PALM BEACH
More than Palms and Beaches. Home to palm-lined streets, breathtaking waterfront, entertainment districts, and scenic neighborhoods.
- Ranked #2 Best in US Luxury Destinations
- Ranked #2 Best shopping Destination in U.S (Palm Beach)
- Ranked #6 Best in Summer Vacations By US News Travel
As the oldest city in South Florida, West Palm Beach was originally founded to house employees from the resort island of Palm Beach. But years of coastal culture, ocean-fueled cuisine and a bustling art scene have transformed this town into a truly vibrant, upscale destination with a character all its own. Emerging as one of Florida's most exciting cities, Downtown West Palm Beach is defined by international dining, shopping, entertainment, and a growing residential community known as America's First Resort Destination ®, established in 1894. Location Downtown Maps Plan Your Visit Where to Go
West Palm Beach Top Vacation Rental Destination
West Palm Beach Magazine
Florida is an exceptionally popular destination, especially in winter. This means that year after year, different cities in Florida welcome millions of snow-birds flocking down to an enjoyable and rewarding experience in the state with one of the world’s most diverse and stunning scenery.
Now we “West Palm Beachers” have a fact to feel proud of: West Palm Beach is the Nation’s Top Vacation Rental Destination. According to a recent analysis conducted by the travel website Hipmunk, vacation rental bookings in West Palm Beach skyrocketed by 852 percent from summer 2014 to summer 2015. Read More
West Palm Beach Top Warm-Weather Destination
Zach Dennis Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016
Photo Credit: Judy Collins West Palm Beach
For Northerners, or our favorite snowbirds, a recent ranking agrees that Florida is the place to be once the weather gets cool. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach made the list at #17.
Other Florida destinations that made the cut include: Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (#8), Lakeland-Winter Haven (#13), Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent (#21), Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach (#29), North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton (#30), Jacksonville (#31), Cape Coral-Fort Myers (#32), and Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville (#33).
Home to Two Entertainment Districts
CityPlace and the Clematis Street are vibrant pieces of the city are lined with fashionable martini bars, trendy nightclubs, elite boutiques, and fine dining establishments. When the sun sets on West Palm Beach, you can indulge the most epicurean of tastes by candlelight at one of the many lovely restaurants. Calendar of Events by Month With two synergistic shopping and entertainment districts, as well as world-class cultural venues, a signature waterfront park, and amazing weather; Downtown West Palm Beach is one of the country’s most exciting and most desirable vacation spots in the nation! Downtown Maps Location
West Palm Beach makes 'U.S. News' list of top summer vacation destinations - Start at San Francisco, swing by Maui, hang a left at Aruba and you end up in West Palm Beach! Check out our Blog to see the latest happenings! Clematis and CityPlace
CityPlace Shops & Restaurants - 4 blocks North
CityPlace, an Italian-inspired, mixed-use project that's home to more than 80 shops, 20 restaurants, 20-screen Muvico cinema and a 1920s church adapted to serve as a multi-purpose cultural center. Location
Minutes to Everything! You can enjoy City Place Shops & Restaurants: a $600 million complex of designer shops, select restaurants, Blue Martini Friday's, Spa, or Jazz by the Fountain Series on Sundays. City Place lures Palm Beachers with department store shopping. Look for strappy sandals, gauzy sundresses and sexy beachwear, plus much more! CityPlace West Palm Beach
Free Trolley Service
CityPlace operates a free trolley service that links the center with the Clematis District and has more than 50,000 people riding the trolleys each month. This service in itself has become a popular tourist attraction, and runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
West Palm Beach's downtown blends urban excitement, business opportunity and an unparalleled waterfront.
As one of the three largest cities making up the South Florida region, and the central city of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach is a vibrant, growing, waterfront city that offers the business advantages available in the region, combined with a more refined and relaxed environment for living and working
The Historic Clematis Street District - 1.5 mi NE
The Historic Clematis District is the backbone of the city. It offers a creative, funky, eclectic mix of restaurants and shops, plus more than 10,000 residences, live/work lofts and luxury condominiums. Dining is an international experience where patrons may sample flavors from around the world while stores are a mix of national brands and homegrown favorites. See Location
Every Thursday evening, downtown’s already animated nightlife offers even more in the way of exciting entertainment with the award winning, Clematis by Night free fountainside concert series. While there, visitors and locals have the opportunity to mingle among arts and crafts vendors, while enjoying the live entertainment. Clematis West Palm Beach
Clematis Street Website
561. 833. 8873
Sunfest, Jazz on the Palm, Green Market & More! 1.5 miles E
Waterfront Commons Park - 1.5 miles E
The city radiates extraordinary natural beauty in its environmentally sensitive lands to the west and its urban waterfront to the east running six miles along Flagler Drive. Its position on the Intra-coastal Waterway, across from the island of Palm Beach, provides the added benefit of cool ocean breezes all year long. More about Waterfront Commons Park
West Palm Beach is a city of celebrations, many featured along our waterfront. The City’s waterfront is home to well over 100 events annually. The City’s mile-long downtown waterfront runs parallel to the Intracoastal Waterway. Waterfront and City Commons. Waterfront Events
Worth Avenue Palm Beach 2 miles E
Worth Avenue Palm Beach Named as #1 of the 2012 Top 5 Shopping Neighborhoods from South Beach, Miami, to Palm Beach by Haute Living. From boutiques to rich and famous you will find on streets of world-famous Worth Avenue. Hot off the heels of last year’s celebration of the town of Palm Beach’s 100th anniversary birthday, Worth Avenue is still abuzz. Perhaps that’s because even post centennial, this well-punctuated strip has reason to celebrate. Here are just a few of those reasons: Tiffany & Co, Ralph Lauren, Jimmy Choo, East Coast Jewelry, Cartier, Michael Kors, and many more. A small sampling of the top notch designer outposts lining this high-end shopping destination, there are a whole shopping trip’s worth and we highly recommend you check them out! Read More
Leave the Bermuda shorts behind in favor of crisply ironed linen for swanky, oceanfront dining in Palm Beach. Overlook the surf dining on platters of freshly caught seafood, from Florida lobster to snapper, at beachside dining rooms. Nightlife on Worth Avenue
Palm Beach - 2 miles East
If you come to The Palm Beaches it's guaranteed you'll see plenty of beaches; after all there are 47 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline here. Our beaches have a bit of everything. Visit a few for a swim and picnic, surf the waves at all of them, or visit just one just to see the sunrise over the ocean. Location
The Breakers' newest drinking-and-dining concept with design flourishes by Adam Tihany draws on Palm Beach cocktail culture. By PBDN
Whether you're looking for fine dining or a quick, casual bite on the island, check our listings to see what the Palm Beach dining scene has to offer.
Antique Row, Art and Design District - 1.5 miles South
A charming district with over 40 antique shops offering an impressive selection of 17th to 20th century antiques, fine and decorative arts, period deco and moderne furnishings, and much more. All within walking distance, this vast array of quality antiques stores, specialty shops and art galleries are complemented by several award-winning restaurants. Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Art & Antiques, and House Beautiful have all heralded Antique Row as one of the east coast's premier antique shopping districts, considered the "antique design center" of Florida. Located on South Dixie Hwy between Belvedere and Southern Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33405 See Website for Full Listing of specialty stores, art galleries, and restaurants. Location
Palm Beach named second-best shopping destination in U.S.
Sept 23, 2015
Pam Beach Daily News
The results are in, and Palm Beach finished second in USA Today’s 10 best destinations for shopaholics contest! The town beat out New York and Chicago.
With a nod to Worth Avenue, the contest write-up for the town said: “It may be warm weather year-round here, but there’s no shortage of furriers in the market. In fact, every imaginable luxury good is on display in this retreat for the East Coast elite. … It’s also home to all things bright and punchy” with “no shortage” of Lilly Pulitzer authentic and inspired clothing and “some amazing vintage resort-ware a top score for shoppers.”
Miami was the only other Florida city in the 20 chosen by a panel of experts but it didn’t make the final top 10 as chosen by readers of USA Today and 10Best. Read More
Palm Beach Outlets
Palm Beach Outlets is a shopping mall in West Palm Beach, Florida. Opened on February 14, 2014, it was developed on the site of the demolished Palm Beach Mall in 2013 and 2014.
1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Hours: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Phone: (561) 515-4400
Couture, Consign, Vintage, and Fabulous Finds
Shopping is a popular activity in West Palm, not least because the weather is so mild year-round. There are a number of places to shop, including: Location
- Palm Beach Outlets, boasts over 100 real brands and unreal savings! Only 2 miles from Casa Grandview off I-95 at Exit 71.
- CityPlace, two recently-renovated blocks in downtown West Palm that now features dozens of high-end shops.
- Clematis Street, runs perpendicular to CityPlace, and is the older, trendy shopping district, and several unique, eclectic shops.
- South Dixie Highway provides several blocks of shops, from thrift stores to high-end antiques.
- Worth Avenue on Palm Beach Island is home to many luxury boutiques.
- Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens has many restaurants, along with other stores, shops, and Cobb movie theaters.
Consignment shops, long the bargain hunter’s paradise, are now a panacea for the formerly fabulous needing to raise quick cash, and nowhere is that more evident than in the storied precincts of Palm Beach!
Want to find Chanel bags, Jimmy Choo, Lana Marks, Escada Coulture and more that can be had at bargain-basement prices? Know where to find these hidden treasure just down street from the luxurious Breakers Hotel! Check out CityGirls only a mile from Casa Grandview, Back on the Rack Clematis, and famous Church Mouse in Palm Beach, plus many more unique specialty shops. See Location Page. Keep us updated of your "fabulous finds! "
Culture and Arts
ARTS & CULTURE
Watch Video: (above) The Future of CityPlace
- Culture Lab
EXPERIENTIAL CREATIVE SPACE
The former Macy’s storefront-turned-new cultural arts center and experiential creative space is part of an ongoing program inspired by West Palm Beach’s urban revival and cultural agenda. The program will offer visitors and locals an art experience that embodies both the sophistication of the revitalization and the eclectic history of the area.
The space on Rosemary Avenue in City Place will transform and add new elements of surprise with culinary walk up windows and parklet seating, educational programming and events, and arts and cultural activations.
WHAT IS THE A&E DISTRICT?
The more than 20 cultural partners that make up the Arts & Entertainment District (A&E) are not necessarily new to Downtown West Palm Beach, but the district itself will associate the Downtown area with a brand of elegance like never before. By uniting these individual entities into one central collection of arts and entertainment venues, the A&E District will provide West Palm Beach visitors and locals alike with increased awareness, opportunities and incentives to take in the unparalleled array of cultural entertainment options at their disposal. Options such as: Read More
Kravis Center of the Performing Arts - 4 blocks North
Culinary and Dining
With so many diverse areas throughout The Palm Beaches, the options for diners are virtually infinite. The downtown West Palm Beach area includes Clematis Street and CityPlace, a mecca for upscale shopping and dining, while the resort restaurants and cafes of the island of Palm Beach have catered to celebrities and royalty for decades. Atlantic Avenue is the trendy main street of Delray Beach, filled with chic restaurants, art galleries, and local watering holes. See Dining
Check out the hottest 2016 Best Restaurants in Palm Beach and while you are there, you may run into some big time celebrities!
Nightlife and Entertainment
Artists' lofts, sidewalk cafes, bars, restaurants and galleries dot Clematis Street, the pumping heart of Palm Beach nightlife. On weekends, yuppies mingle with stylish Europeans and disheveled artists sipping tropical cocktails at sidewalk tables or dancing to electronic mixes at youthful bars. On Thursdays, 20- and 30-somethings gather for live rock, blues, reggae and an art show for "Clematis by Night." The moneyed set in Palm Beach is most likely found sipping high-end ports and brandies at oceanfront hotel bars. See Entertainment
Check out the hottest 2016 Top Spots in Palm Beach area by USAToday:
Palm Beach Area Attractions
Downtown, the Norton Museum of Art displays works by the world's most recognizable names: O'Keeffe, Pollock, Monet, Renoir and Picasso.
Today, Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum, featuring guided tours, changing exhibits, and special programs. When it was completed in 1902, the NY Herald proclaimed that Whitehall, Henry Flagler's Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach, was "more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world." See Attractions
Outdoor Sports and Wildlife
View wildlife at Arthur Marshall Wildlife or Loxahatchee Wildlife Preserve or the Wildlife Safari. On the city’s western edge, one can hike, bike, and get a view of the Florida Everglades up close at Grassy Waters Preserve.
Wherever there is an abundance of sun, sand and sightseers, there is golf, and Palm Beach is no exception. Many of the most meticulously manicured and challenging courses are privately owned, but hotel staff can assit guests with available greens. See Outdoor Sports
Beaches & Parks
Public beaches are a rare commodity in Palm Beach, with many of the best cordoned off around private oceanfront estates. Midtown Beach is a notable exception, a golden island of undeveloped strand in a sea of glitz and glamour. Swim in the surf, build sandcastles and work on your tan beneath the eye of a watchful lifeguard. Groomed beach sand, picnic facilities and outdoor recreation dominate at Phipps Ocean Park, another public beach especially popular with families. See Beaches and Parks
Top 10 Beaches in Palm Beach County
Northwood Village - 3 Miles North
West Palm Beach is 17 miles from Delray Beach, 37 miles to Ft. Lauderdale, and 47 miles to South Beach. Palm Tran train service is provided to these cities. See nearby cities. For those looking to enjoy the outdoors, the city’s teeming waterfront offers a walkways and fantastic views of Palm Beach and other surrounding cities. See Location for more information.
Funky and Hip
Northwood Village is one of the most inviting, eclectic, funky and hip micro-neighborhoods in South Florida. Located less than two miles north of downtown West Palm Beach, this fun and vibrant area contains amazing restaurants, unique shops and some of the most creative and interesting merchants you'll ever meet.
Art & Wine Promenade
Northwood Village's monthly Art & Wine Promenade held on the last Friday of every month is not only an award-winning event, but one that draws thousands of people to the area to enjoy a free night out filled with wine tastings, streetside artists, live entertainment and a great time.
Palm Beach Gardens - 12 miles North
The gold standard in shopping! The upscale shops and open-air centers of Downtown at the Gardens, Gardens Mall, Legacy Place, PGA Commons, and Mainstreet at Midtown combine to make the ultimate destination for retail therapy. Location
Downtown West Palm Beach Maps
Visitwpb.com is the preferred Online Portal that provides residents and visitors everything they need to know about the beautiful and exciting city of West Palm Beach. The site brings up-to-date information about hotels, restaurants, spas, galleries, museums, places to go, things to do, shopping, events, concerts, nightlife, festivals and more. Check with the sitefrequently to see the latest happenings!
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