Living in West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach is where the laid-back Floridian pace of life meets the big-city buzz of a lively business, arts and entertainment scene. It’s thriving and urban, yet replete with quiet, palm tree-lined streets and breathtaking natural beauty.
With 16 designated historic districts, the delightful neighborhoods of West Palm Beach exude an Old Florida ambiance. The glamour of the city’s Roaring Twenties heyday is still palpable, even in its ultramodern downtown area.
In bustling City Place, you’ll find a hub for shopping, dining and culture centered on the imposing Harriet Himmel Theater. Built in 1926, it remains one of the city’s finest architectural examples of the Spanish Colonial Revival, with its terra-cotta roof, sandy-colored stucco and grand, arcade-like entrance.
West Palm Beach restaurants
If you’re seeking South Florida comfort cuisine, including fresh-off-the-boat seafood, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better city to fit the bill. West Palm’s 234 days of sunshine annually means you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy your fish alfresco.
The city has dozens of down-to-earth dining options, with the recently remodeled Okeechobee Steakhouse an area favorite for decades. Upscale ethnic cuisine is popular too, from quaint French bistros to family-run Italian restaurants and modern sushi bars. The region’s close proximity to Mexico and Cuba mean that tacos, tequila and to-die-for Cuban fare are also easy to come by.
For a taste of real West Palm Beach, try E.R. Bradley’s Saloon on the waterfront. Family owned for more than 30 years, this open-air tavern regularly features foot-stomping live music to accompany its vast menu of mouthwatering modern American fare.
West Palm Beach real estate
From colorful Craftsman-style bungalows to Spanish Mission–style homes, well-preserved period properties dating to the early 20th century give this city its distinctive charm.
Prospective buyers are drawn to West Palm Beach homes for sale in the vibrant district known as “SoSo,” or South of Southern Boulevard. Here, 1920s properties sit alongside chic mid-century homes and newly built Mediterranean-style mansions.
You’ll also find jaw-dropping high-rises featuring West Palm Beach luxury apartments and spacious condos for sale, many with sweeping waterfront views.
West Palm Beach nightlife
West Palm Beach nightlife is as varied and dynamic as the city itself. Once the sun goes down, seek out the inviting lights of Clematis Street or CityPlace. You’ll find everything from trendy cocktail bars and comedy clubs to spirited Irish-themed pubs and sports bars.
Respectable Street on Clematis has long been a mainstay for locals and visitors looking to let their hair down. Depending on the night, you might find DJs filling the floor with pumping dance music or raucous big-name bands playing guitar-driven rock.
The annual Halloween Moonfest, one of West Palm Beach’s many outdoor festivals, transforms downtown into a carnival-esque party attracting around 70,000 people. After dark, the city comes to life with live music, local art vendors and a fleet of food trucks. You can even walk among zombies and try your hand at winning the costume contest’s cash prize.
West Palm Beach shopping
Retail therapy can take many forms when it comes to shopping in West Palm Beach. The palatial CityPlace mall features some of area’s finest upscale retail options, while the colorful boutiques in Northwood Village may appeal to more casual browsers.
Antique Row, an inviting district featuring more than 40 specialty shops and art galleries, is a far cry from your average flea market. Here, you can discover one-of-a-kind treasures ranging from 19th-century bric-a-brac to fine art and statement vintage furnishings.
During the winter, don’t miss Saturday’s waterfront GreenMarket, with over 70 vendors selling everything from fragrant tropical flowers to fresh-baked bread and perfectly ripe local produce.
West Palm Beach attractions
If you’re seeking the postcard-perfect Floridian lifestyle, West Palm Beach doesn’t disappoint. You can bask in the salty air and sunshine on a chartered fishing boat, or enjoy a leisurely 18 holes on the perfectly manicured West Palm Beach Golf Course.
The city’s major attractions highlight the area’s rich biodiversity. Nature lovers can take an ecotour into the Everglades or visit McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary to catch a glimpse of native species, from statuesque sandhill cranes to elusive bobcats.
If you’re looking for a quieter evening of culture, don’t miss the Norton Museum of Art’s Art After Dark series on Thursday nights. Here, you’ll find a curated program of events merging art, music, film and food. Likewise, the world-class Kravis Center for the Performing Arts provides a full calendar of theater and musical events to enjoy.
West Palm Beach parks
West Palm’s harmonious balance of city buzz and natural beauty is one of the area’s most appealing features. For instance, the lush grounds of Mounts Botanical Garden are moments from Palm Beach International Airport.
The 1,702-acre Okeeheelee Park also sits peacefully in the middle of West Palm Beach’s urban landscape. This oasis features playgrounds, a nature center and miles of paved paths for walking or cycling around the park’s serene lakes. Thrill-seekers can try their hand at waterskiing, while more tranquil hours can be spent relaxing on a rented paddleboat or kayak.
West Palm Beach history
The city of West Palm Beach was established in 1894 by railroad magnate Henry Flagler as a commercial and residential town to support his developing resort of Palm Beach. Flagler’s influence is still felt, with many downtown streets bearing the floral-themed names he gave them.
Like much of South Florida, West Palm Beach grew rapidly in the 1920s, with the city’s most iconic architecture dating to this period. Today, it’s easy to take a step back in time by wandering through one of the city’s sensitively preserved historic districts or taking a free trolley ride through downtown.
"West Palm Beach has locally designated historic districts. Not only do these areas of the Florida development and “land boom” era have character and charm rarely found in the new developments."
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