With a rapidly expanding downtown skyline, historic buildings, and excellent nightlife, West Palm Beach has recently gained a reputation as one of the most popular destinations in Florida. With over 40 miles of beaches in the area, many of the city's most popular activities and attractions can be found along the waterfront. However, if you are looking for good shopping and buzzing nightlife venues, you should head to one of the following neighborhoods: El Cid, Central Park, or the Bel Air Historic District.
During your vacation in West Palm Beach, be sure to make time for some of these must-see destinations and attractions:
-Flagler Museum: Located on the island of Palm Beach, this museum is the restored home of Henry Flagler, who first conceived of Florida as a tourist destination.
-Go Snorkeling: John D. MacArthur Beach State Park and Breaker's Reef are the two main spots that offer snorkeling in the area.
-Go Shopping: CityPlace and Worth Avenue are home to the more high-end boutiques in the area, while South Dixie Highway caters to those who want to shop on a budget.
-McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary: A non-profit rehabilitation center, this sanctuary houses over 90 animals.
-Watch the Space Shuttles: Shuttles lifting off from Cape Kennedy are visible during the daylight and evening hours.
West Palm Beach has warm weather all year that's typical throughout South Florida, allowing for city-wide festivals to be held throughout the year. Some of the main events in the area include SoulFest, a three day music festival held in July; the Palm Beach International Jazz Festival, a weekend festival with some of the best jazz musicians in the country held in early March; and the Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic, where the world's top tennis players pair up with celebrities for doubles matches, held in mid-November. Luckily, no matter what time of year you visit, it's easy to find a vacation rental in West Palm Beach. Choose from a variety of types of homes including spacious condos, luxury villas, and oceanfront properties.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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