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About West Palm Beach

Although it doesn’t have the same glamorous reputation as Palm Beach on the Atlantic Ocean, West Palm Beach has much to offer visitors in its own right. Located between Lake Worth on its west and the Intracoastal Waterway on its east, West Palm, as it is known, is the county seat of Palm Beach County.

The downtown district has been revitalized with new government buildings and hotels, a waterfront amphitheater and a convention center and the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

Comfortable accommodations include Courtyard by Marriott, Crowne Plaza, Fairmont Inn & Suites, 1923 Grandview Gardens Bed & Breakfast, Hilton Hotel, historic landmark Hotel Biba and the Hibiscus House Bed & Breakfast. Many are near the Palm Beach International Airport and Interstate 95, allowing for easy access to points north and south. Palm Beach is on a barrier island on the east side of the Intracoastal and is accessed via the Flagler Memorial Bridge or Royal Palm Way. The shops on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach are world class.

Popular restaurants, some with nightly entertainment, include the Blue Martini, Morton’s the Steakhouse, Paddock Restaurant at the Palm Beach Kennel Club, five-star Palm Beach Yacht Club, Raindancer, Bonefish Creek Restaurant and Tsunami. The 72-acre City Place entertainment-retail-residential complex in the downtown district features 20 dining options in addition to shopping and entertainment.

From March to October, the Rapids Water Park is the place to stay cool. For racing fans, there’s Moroso Motorsports Park.

Entertainment of a more natural nature includes the nearby the fabled Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Okeeheelee Nature Center, Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park, Grassy Waters Preserve, Diva Duck Ride and the South Florida Science Museum & Planetarium. Lake Okeechobee is an easy drive from West Palm Beach.

Well-attended events include SunFest, Moonfest, Kaleidoscope, the International Tennis Championship, Irish Fest, Clematis by Night, Palm Beach Boat Show, Sunday at the Meyer, and Marathon of the Palm Beaches, as well as the seasonal Greenmarket. The National Horse Show is said to be the nation's oldest and is a fixture on sports and social calendars.

Nearby spectator attractions include the kennel club, and the Roger Dean Dean Stadium in Jupiter for Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals spring training for baseball fans.

A haven for golfers, public and semi-private courses include the Emerald Dunes Golf Course, PGA National Golf Club and West Palm Beach Golf Course.

Written by Natasha Lawrence

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