West Palm Beach Hotels - Where culture and sun washed
days await you. From the foamy surf of the Atlantic Ocean to the buzz of
Clematis Street, your fantasy Florida vacation is here. Discover the
attraction of palm lined streets, charming cafes and picture postcard
beaches. Find yourself surrounded with elegance and comfort. Tour West Palm
Beach's best restaurants, hotels, real estate and attractions from wherever
you are when the mood strikes.
With over 47 miles of beaches, over 40
museums, theaters, art galleries and major attractions, over 50 festivals,
over 145 golf courses, and over 2,000 restaurants, West Palm Beach is sure
to satisfy your vacation longings. Exclusive shopping, fabulous
accommodations and prime real estate are also to be found. West Palm Beach's
best has been captured here for you to experience through 360° virtual
images, live interactive web cams and entertaining videos. West Palm Beach is a top candidate for being a vacation
destination in southern Florida. More than 100,000 residents proudly call
this city their home, making it the largest community in Palm Beach County.
Statistics indicate that the county is the richest in Florida in terms of
personal income. That's a great point to brag about for local residents, but
this wealth also has plenty of implications for making West Palm Beach a
tourist hot spot.
The typical southern Florida vacation is all about fun in the sun, and West
Palm Beach offers this and much more. There is plenty of art, culture,
history, shopping, recreation, and water activities in the city to attract
visitors of all ages and interests.
Palm Beach International Airport allows a convenient arrival to West Palm
Beach. The airport is served by more than a dozen airlines, and has direct
flights to major cities in the mid west and east coast of the U.S.A. There
are eight car rental facilities at the airport, offering tourists the
convenience of driving around town. The airport ground transportation
includes taxis, limousines, and buses by Palm Tran. Many hotels also provide
shuttle services to and from the airport.
Another popular method of arriving at West Palm Beach is by long distance
trains along Amtrak lines Silver Star and Silver Meteor. Tri-Rail provides
commuter rail service throughout Palm Beach County and as far south as
Miami. All of these trains stop at the city's historic 1925 station that is
located along Tamarind Avenue.
At first glance at the modern residential and commercial complexes, it is
tough to imagine that the history of West Palm Beach dates back to the late
19th century. In the early 1900's, real estate mogul Henry Flagler fueled
the city's rapid development of hotels, recreational facilities, and
residential units. To find remains of the city's early history, guests will
have to walk through historic districts such as Bel Air and El Cid. However,
the local architecture, such as Spanish missionary, seems much more
contemporary for the era it was built in. It may be hard to recognize such
architecture as historic because it doesn't resemble something such as New
York City's SoHo style buildings.
Although it is officially known as a coastal city, West Palm Beach is not
situated directly on the Atlantic Ocean. It is actually separated from the
ocean by the Lake Worth Lagoon and Palm Beach. The entire waterfront coast
of the city does not have any beaches, and that is why most tourists head to
the nearby community of Palm Beach to enjoy the sand and the waves of the
Palm Beach is a narrow island that includes several public municipal beaches
as well as private beaches that are lined with hotels and condominiums along
Ocean Boulevard and Ocean Avenue. Guests can expect breathtaking ocean views
as well as swimming pools in the hotels' decks. Whether it is a luxurious
stay at the Marriott's Ocean Pointe or casual stay at Palm Beach Shores
Resort, there are plenty of choices of beach front hotels. Although it is
not preferred by most visitors, Downtown West Palm Beach also offers plenty
of lodging accommodations in an urban setting. In fact, there are multiple
hotels right near the airport such as Holiday Inn, Best Western, and Crowne
Located right across the port of Palm Beach, Peanut Island Park is one of
the premier destinations for tourists who are looking for water fun and
activities. This peanut shaped man made island features 80 acres for
visitors to enjoy. It is an excellent spot for fishing, as well as swimming
in guarded beaches. There are also some beach areas without lifeguards.
Snorkeling is another popular activity. Camping in a tropical environment is
a unique offering at Peanut Island. There are plenty of picnic areas,
camping grounds, and restrooms throughout the island. The Palm Beach
Maritime Museum and an observation deck are some more additions to the list
There are multiple marinas on the coast of West Palm Beach, which are
located along the Lake Worth Lagoon. Since boating is done by local
residents who have permits, it is unfortunately out of the reach of
visitors. However, the marinas offer jet skis for rent, allowing tourists to
cruise through the Lagoon. The area near Peanut Island actually has an
outlet to the Atlantic Ocean, and some jet skis may be allowed to enter
these waters outside of the city boundaries.
Guests can emerge themselves in plenty of culture at the Norton Museum of
Art. Located on Olive Avenue south of downtown, this museum boasts an art
collection of more than 7,000 items including American, European, and
Oriental paintings. For even more high culture, the Raymond F. Kravis Center
for the Performing Arts offers shows all year long, such as musicals and
dramas, with multiple showtimes a day at certain seasons.
No vacation in West Palm Beach is complete without some shopping at the
city's premier centers such as CityPlace. This open air promenade that is
lined with palm trees offers a unique upscale shopping experience at more
than 100 retailers. Shoppers can finish the day off at the unique Muvico
Parisian IMAX cinema. Although it may be still listed in some directories,
the Palm Beach Mall, which was once a major shopping center, was shut down
in early 2010.