The sister city to tony Palm Beach, West Palm has a joie de vivre lifestyle that is the essence of the Sunshine State. From Gen xers to salt-and-peppered East Coasters alike, can appreciate the area’s many charms — especially in Casa Grandview's Grandview Heights, where Spanish mission–style homes and Craftsman bungalows hark back to when Henry Flagler’s famed train put South Florida on the map.
Flex your plastic on Worth Avenue, Palm Beach’s Rodeo Drive — hello, Cartier, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Here, too, are A.B. Levy Antiques, which stocks top-notch French Gilded Age and Louis XIV furniture, and the Church Mouse, a consignment shop with mint resort wear from the previous season. Hit up West Palm’s antique row, where Donovan & Gray Antiques has vintage fashions by Hermès, Gucci and the like, and Dolce offers off-the-wall tchotchkes like ostrich feather–adorned sconces.
Palm Beach’s pristine beaches are just a two-mile drive across the Intracoastal Waterway. The nearest is Palm Beach, where the clean and guarded waters and prime people-watching (the beach is shared by residents of South Ocean Boulevard and guests at the Breakers) are worth the $5 per hour parking. For something more low-key, shoot the breeze at Lake Worth Beach, about 15 minutes south, or jump on a surfboard another 18 miles south, at Delray Beach.
Jess Blumensheid, Editorial Producer Jetsetter