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Get to know West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach is the antidote to the stuffiness of its tony island neighbor to the east — though it should be noted that all of the beauty and luxury of Palm Beach is only a bridge away. A full-fledged city of 100,000, West Palm blends a Florida beach vibe with unfussy cosmopolitanism, and its residents enjoy big-city benefits in the middle of South Florida’s greatest natural and cultural treasures. Thanks to nearby airports and highways — and quite a few marinas — West Palm Beach is a town that’s convenient to everywhere, though its residents take their entertainment close to home. The major shopping districts are pedestrian-friendly and feature weekly festivals and concerts year-round. Recreational opportunities — on trail and on water, on tennis court and golf course — are an integral part of life here, as is simply enjoying Atlantic breezes in the Florida sun.
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History & Culture

West Palm Beach is the oldest incorporated city in South Florida, and although it began as a place for hospitality workers catering to the exclusive hotels and mansions of Palm Beach, it has eclipsed its rich uncle in its variety of cultural offerings. Weekly concerts and festivals are a part of life here, and more formal events — such as SunFest, Florida’s largest waterfront music festival — happen throughout the year. The Norton Museum of Art hosts world-class rotating exhibits as well as educational programs, and the sculpture gardens are not to be missed. Families will also enjoy the Palm Beach Zoo and the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts hosts touring Broadway shows, performances by the Palm Beach Opera and Ballet Palm Beach, and concerts by classical, jazz, and pop stars from the world over.

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Dine & Shop

West Palm Beach is a paradise for shoppers that seek the fashionable and unusual, with four notable shopping districts (aside from the famous Palm Beach Outlets, and all the big-city basics you’d expect). Clematis Street is the city’s historic downtown, a stretch of shopping, dining, and nightlife that’s a destination for tourists and locals alike. CityPlace and Northwood Village are home to sleek couture and funky boutiques, art galleries, and home decor, plus restaurants and cafes of all stripes. Antique Row, home to three dozen shops, is considered among the best home decor shopping areas in the country. Stores here aren’t haphazardly full of old stuff, but are professionally curated collections of antiques from the last four centuries, with many specializing in fine arts, period deco, vintage, and midcentury furnishings, and other niches. The district is walkable, and excellent restaurants are available for sustenance on your shopping safari.