Photography Credit: Discover The Palm Beaches
WEST PALM BEACH
More than Palms and Beaches. Home to palm-lined streets, breathtaking waterfront, entertainment districts, and scenic neighborhoods.
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
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).
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, 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.
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
An already bustling core with award winning events like Sunfest, Clematis by Night, Jazz on the Palm, Screen on the Green, The Green Market, and Alive at Five, coupled with exciting new residential and civic developments, as well as new business and office development, sets the stage for establishing Downtown West Palm Beach as a unique, dynamic destination offering an authentic urban experience with a tropical twist. Location
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 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, located 65 miles north of Miami, sits right on Florida's Atlantic coast. For generations, the city has been the traditional winter home of American aristocracy -- the Kennedys, Rockefellers and Trumps, among others, have all fled northern climes for this slice of paradise. Beyond the upscale resorts that cater to such a crowd, Palm Beach holds some surprises, including the world-class Norton Museum of Art, top-notch birding and the sparkling Intracoastal Waterway. Read more about Palm Beach County
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.
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
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
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! "
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
If you have an interest in the theater and the performing arts, the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is the premier location to spend an evening. For museum enthusiasts, the Norton Museum of Art (only a few blocks from Casa Grandview), houses a world-renowned collection of European, American, Chinese and contemporary art. See Arts and Culture
Best Local Restaurants & Bars of 2016
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!
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:
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
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
List of Outdoor Water Activities for June. Click on Download
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
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.
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
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 site frequently to see the latest happenings!
Locations At a Glance