West Palm Beach, Florida

West Palm Beach is a city on the move and one that continues to grow. Incorporated two years earlier than Miami in 1894, the City of West Palm Beach has grown to over 111,000 residents in 2019 and has seen an 11% increase in population since the 2010 Census. 

Henry M. Flagler’s vision of connecting South Florida came to fruition (again) with the new Brightline train stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Downtown WPB, and soon to Orlando in 2022 with a Brightline station in Disney World.

Why West Palm Beach?

Encompassing over 57 square miles of pristine land, West Palm Beach is a destination in Florida to a world of year-round excitement filled with events, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, restaurants, the arts, culture, and more. 

Things To Do

Whether it’s checking out downtown on a Segway tour or enjoying a nice evening dinner with friends, Clematis Street is the hub that connects the Palm Beaches. With a wide variety of activities and countless fun things to do, it’s easy to lose track of time when enjoying all that West Palm Beach has to offer. Here is just a small glimpse of our Florida paradise that we call home every day:

Dining 

If you are looking for an eclectic mix of restaurants and dining experiences, the local downtown flavor along with the cuisine on Palm Beach island and the surrounding West Palm Beach area makes this region in Florida the perfect place for the pickiest eater. Our team of culinary diners offer up the best mouth-watering restaurants that Clematis Street has to offer, as well as some local restaurants to dine out at that are near downtown or a short commute by car or an Uber / Lyft:

  • Avocado Grille

  • Anita’s Mexican

  • Rhythm Cafe  

  • Okeechobee Steakhouse

  • E.R. Bradley’s Saloon

From Asian inspired to casual fine dining and everything in between, West Palm Beach has a collection of irresistible restaurants for any palette! View our restaurant directory for more information.

Nightlife

When the sun goes down, South Florida continues into the long night and the after-hours. It’s 21+ to party in downtown West Palm Beach with venues strictly enforcing the age limit. Guests have plenty of options when it comes to West Palm Beach nightlife ranging from nightclubs, bars, weekly free concerts, and more. If you are looking for a night out for fun, check out these venues:

  • Petanque in Northwood is a rustic venue with outside vibes fused with pulsating dance music from top house DJ, “Inlighten”, all under the moon, makes it for one of the best dance parties in South Florida. Best of all, it’s free to enter and you’ll be greeted by restaurateurs, Oliver & Edouard, a pair of French ex-pat brothers calling West Palm Beach home. 

  • Banko Cantina is the place to go to either enjoy some of the best Mexican cuisine on the block, a cocktail on their rooftop bar, or simply to let some steam off on the 2nd floor and dance the night away to the hottest open format / Top 40 music around. If you happen to be in town during the holidays, Banko Cantina has one of the best projection mapping visuals in the US. Check it out here. 

  • Clematis by Night is a free weekly concert on Thursdays at Centennial Park near the waterfront and is free for all and family-friendly. Music ranges from old school to pop, R&B, classic rock, reggae, and more. 

  • Spazio on the 2nd floor of Lynora’s has become an institution when it comes to house music on Friday nights. Hosted by Reggie with resident DJ Adam Lipson, this weekly dance party brings in world-class DJs like Chus (from Chus and Ceballos) and local favorites like DJs German Garcia, J Martinezz, David Orozco, and Marco Paez.

A Retail Splash 

West Palm Beach has three distinct shopping areas: Palm Beach Outlets, Rosemary Square (formerly CityPlace), and Antique Row. Just across the bridge to Palm Beach island is home to Worth Avenue, where some of the world’s most luxurious fashion houses and high-end luxury department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and more are located at.  The Palm Beaches truly does have a wide variety of boutiques, shops, shopping destinations, and more. Here are a few featured retail shops: 

Whatever your fashion style is, the Palm Beaches has you covered not just in West Palm Beach but also fashion malls in Boca Raton, Wellington, and Palm Beach Gardens that are within driving distance from Clematis Street. 

Arts, Culture, and Museums

A trip to West Palm Beach is not complete without taking a stroll through the Norton Museum of Art, which features masterpieces, sculptures, and an outside art garden. If you are a fan of “street art” or known to some as “graffiti art”; downtown WPB features art from the best talent in the world ranging from Tristan Eaton, Anthony Hernandez, Eduardo Kobra to name a few. 

The art expands into Northwood Village and even under the Okeechobee Bridge (you just have to see it for yourself).  The Palm Beach Art Show takes place downtown in February and attracts 1000s of visitors throughout the annual event. Across the bridge in Palm Beach, you will find once-in-a-lifetime artwork that may or not be shown to the general public at various art galleries. You never know what you may see in these galleries but usually, it’s amazing. 

While you are checking the art galleries near Worth Avenue, why not swing over to Whitehall Museum, the home of railroad tycoon magnate, Henry Flagler. The 55 room residence was completed in 1902 with the New York Herald calling it, “more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander, and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world”. 

If you have little ones, the South Florida Science Museum and Palm Beach Zoo just 15 minutes south of downtown West Palm Beach.  Miami Frost Museum, Wynwood Miami, and the PAMM are all located just an hour south in Miami and offer a full day of exploring the rich art and cultural history of South Florida.

Closest Beaches

“Does West Palm Beach Have A Beach?”, is a commonly searched sentence on Google. Although there is technically no “beach” in West Palm Beach, the closest beach to downtown would be over the Intracoastal bridge and into Palm Beach. 

Flagpole Municipal Beach is a local favorite in Palm Beach but if you want to experience a different set of Florida Beaches, you are in the right place. Singer Island and Peanut Island to the north in Riviera Beach, FL. offers snorkeling, water activities, and a resort-style lodging.  Lake Worth Beach which is south of downtown West Palm Beach has a pier, picnic/park area, restaurants, and plenty of parking. 

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any beach in Florida. They are all beautiful and unique in their own way. Art deco laden Miami Beach is an hour or so south and some of the worlds best waves to surf are 2 hours north in Cocoa Beach.

Festivals and Events

There is always something going on in Palm Beach County during every week of the year, no matter the month it is. With events happening year-round across the county, these are the main five events and festivals that puts West Palm Beach on the map year in and year out:

  • Sunfest (yearly in may)
  • Moonfest (last Saturday in October)
  • Flavor Palm Beach (Around the City in September)
  • Clematis By Night (every Thursday on the Waterfront)
  • Greenmarket (every Saturday in season on the Waterfront)
  • St Patrick’s Day (March 17 300 Block of Clematis St in front of Roxy’s Pub)

The Palm Beach Convention Center hosts a wide range of sporting events, business conferences, religious meetings, weddings, and concerts to name a few things. It is located across the street from Rosemary Square and near the Kravis Center for Performing Arts.