Palm Beach, West Palm Beach's more affluent, exclusive, and snobbish neighbor evokes memories of winter vacations and the reek of wealth. West Palm Beach, its noisy hoi-polloi neighbor is a billion-dollar tourist getaway, bustling, busy and often crowded with tourists of all shapes and sizes.
The weather from November till May is optimal for travel though summer can be hot and humid.
West Palm Beach is well connected by air and often the best deals are available in tourist season.Greyhound buses also arrive at the station in West Palm Beach.
Amtrak connects West Palm Beach with cities along Florida's East Coast and the northeast daily and the trains are comfortable and regular.
Interstate 95 runs through connecting West Palm Beach with Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
Hotels suiting every pocket and budget are available and reservations can be made on the Net. From upscale to downscale just about every star hotel is available.
West Palm Beach sports many places of interest to keep a tourist busy all day long. For children and animal lovers are the Lion Country Safari, an animal sanctuary with 1200 wild animals, the Palm Beach Zoo, Dreher Park a 22 acre zoological park with 400 animals. For the art lovers are the many museums notably among them is the Norton Art Museum and the South Florida Science Museum. The Okeeheelee Park is another tourist attraction.
Evenings are throbbing, pulsating, and a continuing source of entertainment. Open-air concerts with live performing bands and dancing crowds are a certainty on most evenings. The evening concerts at Clematis by Night where locals and tourists rub shoulders every Thursday night for various type of music. For theatre buffs is the Raymond F. Kravis Center for performing arts.
Nightlife is rocking with pubs and bars open till night. Bars and clubs to suit every budget, funky and thematic are open to tourists through the night.
West Palm Beach is a shopper's paradise with every brand and label available. Also popular are the flea markets and bazaars and bargain discount stores. On Worth Avenue are the big names in fashion and across the street is Neiman Marcus a two storey building with international boutiques.
The annual SunFest festival in West Palm Beach is the largest music festival as also the Oktoberfest. West Palm Beach also boasts of the National Croquet Center, the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club Stadium, and the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. The Winter Equestrian Festival starts from 28th January and runs up to 14th March includes a costume gala, Denim and Diamond Ball and other cultural events.
Travel to West Palm Beach is an adventurous and fun-filled affair with something or the other to interest everybody.