West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach is a mid-sized city of just over 100,000 residents in the South Florida (Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach) Metropolitan area, which has over 5.5 million people.

Understand

Located directly west of the smaller, more famous town Palm Beach, much of the city proper is commercial but there are some attractions and landmarks worth visiting in the area.

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°F) 75 76 79 82 86 89 90 90 89 85 80 76
Nightly lows (°F) 57 58 61 65 70 73 75 75 74 71 65 59
Precipitation (in) 3.1 2.6 3.4 3.5 5.5 7.7 6.1 6.6 8.9 7.1 4.1 2.7

Get in

By plane

By train

Amtrak has a stop in the downtown West Palm Beach, and the Tri-Rail runs between Miami and West Palm.

By car

West Palm Beach is easily accessible by Interstate 95 and the Florida Turnpike.

By bus

PalmTran runs throughout Palm Beach County. At the corner of Quadrille and Clematis you will find a popular hub, connecting many different routes.

Get around

By car

The easiest way to get around West Palm Beach and South Florida is by car. The city is set up on grid system, and is fairly easy to navigate. Downtown is roughly 2 miles north east of Palm Beach International Airport. Palm Beach County is served by Interstate I-95 and U.S. Highway 1 and US 441. It is also served by Florida's Turnpike.

In-Airport car rental companies include:

Outside-of-Airport car rental companies with Shuttle include:

By taxi

Taxis are generally expensive, but available at almost any time and place.

By bus

By train

Tri-Rail, toll-free: +1-800-872-7245. Commuter train which runs north and south parallel to I-95, connecting Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Tri-Rail provides access to South Florida's three major airports, as well as links to Miami's Metrorail.

See

A section of the West Palm Beach skyline with eponymous trees.

Do

There are over 40 miles of beautiful beaches in Palm Beach County. The proximity of the Gulf Stream keeps the waters warm year-round. A nearby public beach in the city of Palm Beach has lifeguards during the day, and is easily accessible. Flags by the lifeguard announce hazardous conditions (red for dangerous surf conditions, and purple for dangerous sea life).

For snorkeling, two places might satisfy. One is John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, located on the north end of Singer Island. The beach contains a shallow reef full of fish. Be careful, shark and barracuda are seen occasionally. This park also has kayaking, music on Sundays, and some short hiking trails. Kayaking is popular in a calm inlet located in the park, which is surrounded by mangrove swamps.

Another snorkeling spot is the Breaker's reef. Located on Palm Beach, the reef is nestled right behind the Breakers hotel. This reef is one long stretch that juts out into the ocean. You can park on the side roads near the Breakers, although it is technically illegal and police often tow out of town cars from this wealthy neighborhood.

A beach activity unique to Florida is watching space shuttles launch out over the ocean. Shuttles lifting off from Cape Kennedy are visible during both daylight and night hours, although night and early morning launches are significantly more impressive. From most beaches, looking directly north up the coast will orient you correctly. Launches are visible from anywhere in Florida, but the ocean guarantees a clear view and night launches often reflect in the water.

There are bicycle paths throughout the area. One of the nicest is on the West (Intracoastal) side of Palm Beach. It runs from the middle bridge to the inlet that separates Palm Beach from Singer Island. This path is also suitable for roller blading.

Buy

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:

Eat

Budget

Mid-range

Drink

Sleep

Hotel Biba

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Stay safe

Go next

The Tiki Bar is a casual bar on the Intracoastal about 2 miles north of West Palm, in Riviera Beach just off US 1. They feature live music 7 days a week. If you go, try the Grouper Tacos, an unforgettable taste treat. One plate serves 2 people.

Heading north about 5 more miles takes you to Blue Heron Blvd. Turn right, and cross the bridge. You'll find yourself on Singer Island, a small beach community that wants to be the next Cocoa Beach. Featuring clean, wide, white sandy beaches, several open-aired beachside restaurants, and a few large surf shops, this is a very relaxing place to get away from the trendy shopping and nightlife of West Palm.

There are a lot of other interesting cities surrounding West Palm, including Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens to the north, Royal Palm Beach to West, Atlantic Ocean to East and Delray Beach, Boca Raton, and Boynton Beach to the south.

Routes through West Palm Beach

Orlando Sebring  N  S  Delray Beach Miami
Tampa Okeechobee  N  S  Delray Beach Miami
Daytona Beach Riviera Beach  N  S  Lake Worth Fort Lauderdale
Orlando Jupiter  N  S  Delray Beach Miami
Daytona Beach Riviera Beach  N  S  Lake Worth Fort Lauderdale
Lakeland/Fort Myers Belle Glade  W  E  Palm Beach END
Daytona Beach Riviera Beach  N  S  Palm Beach Fort Lauderdale
END Mangonia Park  N  S  Lake Worth Miami


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