West Palm Beach Travel Guide & Information

West Palm Beach, also known as West Palm is a vibrant and growing metropolis in the heart of South Florida. The overabundance of activities for travelers and spectacular beaches characterize the city. With a comfortable subtropical climate, West Palm Beach is a perfect destination for travelers who are looking to relax by the sun and sea. Excellent shopping opportunities and an eclectic collection of bars & restaurants portray it as a perfect holiday destination.

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Travel to West Palm Beach, a destination known for its sunny palm-lined streets, scenic waterfront views, and quaint shopping districts, historic neighborhoods, and year-round festivals, elegant and luxurious accommodations. Flights to West Palm Beach are your ticket to a thriving arts and cultural center with landmarks such as Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, The Carefree Theater and Meyer Amphitheatre. Animal lovers can get up close and personal with lions, rhinos, zebras, giraffes and other wild animals at Lion Country Safari, a drive-through, cage less zoo.

Those looking for nightlife can head downtown to Clematis Street District, a vibrant area with several restaurants, shops and galleries near the waterfront. In addition to playing host to several cultural events throughout the year, West Palm Beach also offers avid golf lovers access to numerous golf courses. The plethora of restaurants and cafes throughout the entire city offer a wide variety of cuisine to meet everyone's taste. Whether you choose to travel to relax on picturesque beaches or participate in a variety of year round activities, West Palm Beach is sure to make your journey a memorable one.

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Things to do in West Palm Beach

Museums:

West Palm Beach is home to several world class museums.

Flagler Museum: also known as Whitehall is a 55-room mansion and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designed in the Beaux Art style; meant to rival the extravagant mansions in Newport, Rhode Island. The mansion is built around a large open-air central courtyard and is modeled after palaces in Spain and Italy.

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Norton Museum of Art: is an art museum with a collection that includes over 5,000 works, with emphasis in European, American and Chinese art, as well as contemporary art and photography. The newly renovated museum now features 14 new galleries, a glass ceiling installation commissioned from Dale Chihuly, a cantilevered spiral staircase and three-story atrium designed to evoke the museum's art.

Prominent Attractions:

West Palm Beach is home to several other attractions.

Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts: The center opened in 1992 and has risen to become one of the premier performing arts centers in the Southeast with a growing national and international reputation. The center holds some 800 events each year with over 400,000 people in attendance annually.

Lion Country Safari: Founded in 1967, Lion Country Safari is a drive-through safari park and claims to be the first "cage less zoo" in the US. Visitors can drive thorough the park and view animals while listening to a recorded narration. The area is home to Safari World, a theme park with some zoo exhibits and other things such as a Ferris wheel, a petting zoo, a small water park and a giraffe feeding exhibit.

Antique Row: is a shopping district on the south side of the city. The area is home to over 45 antique shops offering a selection of 17th to 20th century antiques, fine and decorative arts, deco and modern furnishings. Within walking distance of an array of quality antique shops, are few restaurants and a boutique hotel. Several magazines have described the area as the "antique design center" of Florida.

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Where to Stay in West Palm Beach

Whether you are planning to visit West Palm Beach for beaches or golf, the choices offered are endless. The variety of accommodation ranges from cheap hotels and 4 star hotels under $99 to deluxe five star luxury hotels.

Airport Area: The airport area of West Palm Beach is home to some world renowned hotel chains. This location is also close to some premier attractions like the Lion Country Safari, South Florida Science Museum and Mounts Botanical Gardens, to name a few. The area also offers multiple hotel choices for budget travelers.

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Downtown & Clematis Street: Clematis Street is the historical heart of Downtown West Palm Beach. At the beginning of Flagler Drive on the Intracoastal Waterway, the area offers visitors colorful boutiques, nightclubs, live music, restaurants, antique shops and historical landmarks. The area is home to several attractions like Kravis Center for Performing Arts, Meyer Amphitheater and Palm Beach Photographs Center, to name a few. The area hosts SunFest an annual festival. Visitors who wish to stay close to all of these attractions and more will find budget and luxury hotels.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

As per the latest travel information available for West Palm Beach, here are the latest passport and visa guidelines:

For US Citizens:

* A valid identification in order to board the plane.

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For Canadian Citizens:

Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the United States must present one of the following valid documents:

* A passport or

* A NEXUS card when used at a kiosk at designated Canadian airports and at all U.S. airports when returning to Canada.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting West Palm Beach.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit West Palm Beach

The subtropical climate and unsurpassed beauty make West Palm Beach an ideal destination to visit all round the year. However, during the winter and spring months, West Palm Beach is packed with visitors looking to escape the chill of winter.

Visitors looking for cheap flights to West Palm Beach can choose to travel during the summer and fall months.

Planning your Visit:

Peak season: (May to October)

Off-Peak season: (November to February)

West Palm Beach Weather

West Palm Beach experiences a Tropical monsoon climate with little variation in the average temperature during the summer and winter months.

* Summer season are hot, humid and wet.

* Winter in West Palm Beach lasts from November to April. The weather is warm and mostly dry.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available throughout West Palm Beach. Before departure, be sure to let your bank know your dates of travel.

Languages:

* English is the dominant language.

* Spanish and French Creole are the other languages commonly spoken.