West Palm Beach Travel Guide

Are you looking for a relaxing getaway to the state of Florida that will not break the bank or empty your wallet? West Palm Beach vacations make it cheap and easy for you to enjoy a week or two away from the stresses of work and everyday life while sitting on the beach or experiencing the night life associated with the city. We have tried to make our West Palm Beach travel guide as helpful as it possibly can be, but it is possible that somethings might have been missed. Let us know how we can improve our West Palm Beach travel guide by sending us your tips.

What to Do in West Palm Beach

west palm beach vacationsVisitors and natives of West Palm Beach can sit on the beach all day long to catch some rays, spend the night at local bars or clubs, or shop for clothing and other souvenirs in the local shops and stores. With this West Palm Beach travel guide, you can plan your entire vacation before setting foot in the state of Florida.

There is so much to do when staying in West Palm Beach that you might need to schedule more than one activity per day. Aside from swimming, sunbathing, boating, fishing, golfing and people watching, there are zoos, museums, shops and clubs to visit during your stay.

If you are planning on doing something other than partying during your vacation then you can visit the Armory Art Center, the Kravis Center, the Norton Museum of Art or the Flagler Museum. The Armory Art Center is housed in 1939-style buildings, housing 20 curated exhibitions, 65 studio art classes, and boasts more than 3,500 art students. The Kravis Center is one of the premier performing arts centers in the state of Florida. It hosts over 800 events per year and 400,000 guests annually. The Norton Museum of Art is internationally known for its collection of over 5,000 pieces of work from Europe, America, and China. The Flagler Museum was built in 1902 for Henry Flagler, the founder of Standard Oil.

So all of these museums and educational activities are not tickling your fancy? Do not worry, there is plenty to do on the beach or on the links in West Palm Beach as well. You can sunbathe, swim, boat, sport fish, ride a jet ski, parasail, water ski and much more. One of the more popular activities in West Palm Beach is scuba diving. Snorkeling tours are also popular.

west palm beach vacationsIf it is the night life you are looking for then Clematis Street is the place to be for food, drinks, dancing and downright fun while in West Palm Beach. Clematis Street is considered the historical heart of downtown West Palm Beach. The street begins on Flagler Drive, at the Intracoastal Waterway, and extends West for a couple of miles. The street is lined with stores, restaurants, bars, clubs and boutiques for everyone in your family to enjoy. Thursday nights, from 5:30-9pm, the street comes alive as Clematis By Night takes over the entire street for natives and tourists alike.

So the beach has tired you out and now you need to relax and recharge your batteries before heading out for a night on the town. Stop by the PGA National Resort and Spa to play a couple rounds of golf. It is a European-style spa with over 100 services and beautiful vistas.

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What to See in West Palm Beach

west palm beach vacationsThere is so much to do during West Palm Beach vacations that a one week vacation might not do the trick. Our West Palm Beach travel guide features almost every single event and activity that you can get involved in during your trip. Florida's largest waterfront music and art festival, SunFest, takes place each year in late April through early May. The event was founded in 1982 and it features plenty of bands and art displays along Flagler Drive from Banyan Boulevard to Lakeview Avenue.

Some of the most beautiful things to see in West Palm Beach are the various art museums. From the Armory Art Center to the private collection of the Art of Helga King, there are plenty of art museums for visitors who love art to enjoy their hobby while in West Palm Beach.

For the tourists and residents who love animals there is the Lion County Safari and McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary. Lion County Safari is a cageless zoo that is a drive through. The wildlife sanctuary offers tours throughout their entire campus, showing various types of animals to its visitors.

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Where to Shop and Eat in West Palm Beach

west palm beach vacationsThe restaurants in West Palm Beach can be found along Clematis Street and in CityPlace. CityPlace is 600,000 square feet of stores, 10 restaurants, a 20-screen theatre, a cultural arts theatre, 570 private residences, an open air plaza and sidewalk cafes. The restaurants in CityPlace include Cheeburger Cheeburger, the Cheesecake Factory, the Italian Oven Cafe, Legal Sea Foods and many other delectable delights.

CityPlace is also the premier place to shop on West Palm Beach vacations. Stores in this delightful open air mall feature apparel, children's apparel, shoes, specialty stores, leisure entertainment, optical, home furnishings, books, health and fitness and much more.

You will find it incredibly difficult not to enjoy both CityPlace and Clematis Street while on your visit to West Palm Beach. The restaraunts along Clematis Street feature Italian, French, Japanese, Middle Eastern and many other types of cuisines. Aside from food, nightclubs line the street along with shops and art centers. Clematis Street also features close to ten spas along its strip. There are banks, financial institutions, health and fitness centers, churches and all types of businesses.

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When to Visit West Palm Beach

The city of West Palm Beach is busy almost every month of the calendar year for various reasons including Spring Break, art festivals, the SunFest, and many other events and activities. The best time of year to visit West Palm Beach for families with small children is the winter or fall months. Avoid heading to the city during Spring Break because it will be overrun with college kids enjoying their week away from term papers and exams.

The weather in West Palm Beach is almost picture perfect every single day of the week, which means no matter what time of year you visit you should have excellent temperatures and plenty of sunshine. December and January are the coolest months out of the year, boasting high temperatures of 64 and 65 degrees daily.

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What to Bring to West Palm Beach

As with any vacation, there are certain items you need to pack to enjoy the trip and other items that can be purchased upon arrival. Staying in West Palm Beach vacation rentals makes it easier than staying in hotels because almost every needed amenity is supplied for you in your home, condominium, or apartment. By checking out this West Palm Beach travel guide prior to leaving for your trip you will know what needs to be purchased at the supermarket when you arrive in Florida like toilet paper, shampoo, and paper towels.

The dress code for West Palm Beach is widely scattered because of the casual dining and fine dining restaurants located all over the city. You will need to pack clothes that are casual and dressy for various occasions, including visiting art galleries and other high class events. You will more than likely be spending the majority of your time on the beach so do not forget to pack your bathing suit and beach towels.

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Local Services in West Palm Beach

When you arrive in West Palm Beach make sure you locate the police department, the fire department, and emergency medical services in the event of an emergency. Also, make sure you have their phone numbers on hand in case you need to call for a non-emergency. West Palm Beach is ready for families with small children and even some families with pets. Not all hotels will accomodate guests with pets but some West Palm Beach vacation rentals allow pets. There are plenty of rental businesses in West Palm Beach that provide tourists with items they can use during their vacation. These rental places include cars, watercraft, jet skis, boats, bikes, boat charters and other rental options.

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What to Know About West Palm Beach

Just like being at home, you should never allow your children to explore the city, the rental property, or the attractions without supervision. Always be aware of your surroundings when in a strange location and know where the closest police station is in relation to your event or rental property. West Palm Beach is not for the lazy traveler so a day on the beach or a day at the spa will help you recouperate from a wild night out on the town.

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Getting to West Palm Beach

Traveling to the city of West Palm Beach is incredibly easy, with the Palm Beach International Airport only five minutes from Downtown West Palm Beach. This airport is much smaller but just as effective as the Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports. If flying is not for you then Amtrak stops in Downtown West Palm Beach. If you are traveling via car then I-95 and the Florida Turnpike also provide access to West Palm Beach.

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Why West Palm Beach Vacation Rentals?

Whether it is a home, condominium, or apartment, West Palm Beach vacation rentals are the perfect place for families and friends to stay while on their vacation. They are not the cheapest properties in the world, but are worth every penny spent when it comes to being comfortable and feeling at home. Many can be found for prices that are comparable to hotels.

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