West Palm Beach Vacations

Florida is one of the top travel destinations in the country, especially for those who intend to soak up the rays and take a dip in the warm blue ocean. The Palm Beach/West Palm Beach area has beautiful public beaches that attract visitors and locals alike throughout the year.  With 47 miles of awesome Atlantic coastline at our front door, turn up the volume with excitement and tune into your inner vibe with this hit collection of unforgettable surf and sand. The West Palm Beaches are undoubtedly your place to go to the beach.  Our West Palm Beach Vacations Guide will give you the best there is in this wonderful location of Florida.  Visit the beautiful beaches of Florida’s East Coast

West Palm Beach Weather – When to Visit

To avoid the hottest temperatures and biggest crowds, the best times to visit West Palm Beach are at the end of spring (April to May) and the beginning of fall (September to October).  The temperatures will fluctuate between the mid-60s and high 80s and you’ll avoid peak airfare and hotel rates. Families will flood the area when school is out during the summer, and in winter, older part-time residents (or “snowbirds”) will resettle in the area to escape the North’s cooler temperatures. Remember that Florida’s hurricane season comes in the fall, so weather could be an issue at this time.

West Palm Beach Attractions

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is McCarthys-Wildlife-Sanctuary-300x200.jpgMcCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary

Featuring more than 170 animals, including lions, tigers, panthers and lemurs, McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal attraction for animal lovers.  McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary affords visitors an up close view of various animals, as well as interactive opportunities with many of the property’s smaller species. Visitors can hold everything from baby alligators to pythons during each tour.

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Mounts-Botanical-Garden-300x150.jpgMounts Botanical Garden

With 18 gardens and landscaped spaces that include everything from jacaranda trees and rose bushes to various herb plants and fruit trees, Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County offers all sorts of flora to explore. Themed areas include a butterfly garden, a Mediterranean garden and a tropical forest. There’s even a trial garden, where plants are grown to see how well they’ll perform for the average gardener.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Okeeheelee-Park-300x169.jpg Okeeheelee Park

Located 7 miles southwest of the Palm Beach Zoo is Okeeheelee Park, where you’ll find several miles of trails (on which you can walk, bike or run) across 90 acres of woods and wetlands. Trails aside, the park, which can be reached by car or the No. 46 Palm Tran bus, offers a variety of other outdoor activities, including fishing, golf, tennis, volleyball and baseball.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Clematis-Street-300x169.jpgClematis Street

Frequently cited as the historic heart of downtown West Palm, Clematis Street epitomizes the fun-loving atmosphere of the city. Beginning at the street’s intersection with Flagler Drive near the Intracoastal Waterway, all sorts of bars, shops and restaurants await visitors. And on Thursday nights, the street’s Centennial Square comes alive for Clematis By Night, which offers free live music from 6 to 9 p.m.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Lion-County-Safari-300x169.jpgLion County Safari

Just 21 miles inland from downtown West Palm Beach sits Lion Country Safari, the first cageless drive-thru zoo in the country. Although it’s a bit of a drive, it’s well worth the trip to see more than 900 animals walk freely around your car. All sorts of animals can be seen here, including white rhinos, zebras, ostriches and lions. There’s also a walk-thru portion of the park called Safari World, where travelers can feed giraffes, birds and fish; play miniature golf; and enjoy paddle boats and water park rides.

ThingsTo Do in West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach Air Boat Rides

There’s no better way to see the Florida Everglades in West Palm Beach than by taking an airboat ride. Airboat tours are Safe, exhilarating and fun for all the family, an airboat ride brings you up close and personal with some of the best wetland scenery in the USA, as well as colorful wildlife. An airboat ride also gives you the opportunity to observe Florida’s most famous residents – the alligators for which the state is justly famous.  For more information call 561-252-4030 or visit West Palm Beach Air Boat Rides.

Diva Duck Amphibious Tours

Experience the thrill of riding up HIGH through the beautifully transformed Historic Neighborhoods, past the New Palm Beach County Convention Center, then across the bridge to the Island of Palm Beach. Past such sights as the Society of Four Arts, Bethesda-by-the Sea Episcopal Church, theBreakers Hotel, the Flagler Museum and the Biltmore Estates. Then, “SPLASH” into the crystal blue calm water for a relaxing and entertaining cruise on the Intracoastal Waterway.  Telephone:  561-844-4188  Web:  Diva Duck Amphibious Tours.

Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures

Take advantage of the warmest, clearest waters on the eastern seaboard. The nutrient rich Gulf Stream is an ocean highway bringing a huge diversity and abundance of marine life right to us. Experience the ease of drift diving above healthy reefs and exciting wrecks. Expect to see a variety of sharks, as many as five species of sea turtles, countless tropical fish, rays, goliath groupers and much more.  Divers have long known Palm Beach County has the Best of Everything! Five of the seven species of turtles, goliath grouper aggregation in the summer months, a huge variety of sharks, and clear warm gulf stream water make this the premier dive location on the east coast!  Telephone:  561-842-6356  Web:  Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures.

Cycle Party

Cycle Party is the coolest way to experience West Palm Beach. You can book a private tour or individual seats on our social mixer tours. Our happy hour tour has become our most popular tour. Our scavenger hunt is a fun way to explore West Palm Beach. Each tour comes with a knowledgeable guide who can show you all the cool spots in West Palm Beach while driving you around. These party bikes are pedal powered but don’t worry it’s super easy.  Telephone:  1 888-779-3210  Web:  Cycle Party

Paradise Below Diving

They bring paradise to you. At Paradise Below Diving their instructors have over 19 years of scuba diving experience in Florida. Their professional divers have earned our company a solid reputation when it comes to providing outstanding scuba diving instruction, certification and charters all over South Florida, which includes Pompano Beach, Delray Beach, Miami Beach, Palm Beach, Jupiter and Boca Raton.  Telephone:  1 855-968-3483  Web:  Paradise Below Diving

Best West Palm Beach Restaurants

$$  Avocado Grill

Avocado Grill is the place for Palm Beach County to eat well. From locally sourced fruits and vegetables to fish and meats, they hand select their food suppliers who bring them the highest quality and freshest ingredients. This gives them great opportunities to cook up delicious ways to excite their guests with a menu that combines the best of Florida’s style.  And, they serve it in an atmosphere that is both fashionable and fun, eclectic and original, elegant and comfortable.  Telephone:  561-623-0822 Web:  Avocado Grill.

$$  City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill

Step inside the large dining room featuring a floor to ceiling glass enclosed wine cellar. City Cellar possesses a huge award winning wine collection that can be sampled by the bottle, glass or flight. The varied menu has delicious hearth baked pizza, dry aged steaks, fresh pasta and seafood. A small plates menu is offered featuring a daily flatbread, lobster mac ‘n cheese and other daily specials. A rotating menu of hard to find artisanal cheeses is available as well. Desserts are all enticing, all house made and all very tasty.  Telephone:  561-366-0071  Web:  City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill.

$$  Hullabaloo

The wood stove is the heart of the menu, used to cook many of the dishes prepared by executive chef Fritz Cassel, including the fire-grilled pizzas. Be sure to snag a spot across from the exposed prep area, which doubles as an intimate chef’s tasting area, and offers an excellent view of the kitchen at work.  The bar serves up dozens of craft beers and microbrews both in the bottle and on tap. There’s also over a dozen hand-crafted cocktails with ingredients and flavors as colorful as the music legends they are named for. Telephone:  561-833-1033  Web:  Hullabaloo.

$$  Pat Gogo

Pat GoGo Sushi & Thai Restaurant is conveniently located across from the Palm Beach Outlets. They are open for both Lunch and Dinner, and offer a cozy atmosphere bringing you innovative and creative Japanese and Thai dishes.  They take Reservations, Walk-Ins, Take Out, and can conveniently Deliver to you.  Telephone:  561-440-4687  Web:  Pat Gogo.

La Sirena  $11 – 30

Tables are impeccably set with crisp linens, glowing candles and bone china. The menu reads as a history lesson in old world cuisine…. Rigatoni alla Vodka, Cotoletta di Vitello alla Zingara and Zabaglione are some of La Sirena’s classic dishes. The service staff is friendly and knowledgeable, catering to your every need.  Telephone:  561-585-3128  Web:  La Sirena.

Best West Palm Beach Bars

Benny’s on the Beach

With their smack-dab-on-the-beach location, Benny’s will soothe your soul. They are located on the Lake Worth Pier. Benny’s on the Beach is a hidden gem! The food and cocktails are always delicious and portions very generous. The management and staff strive for 100% satisfaction to you, the customer. Benny’s is a favorite with the locals & tourists alike, so go on in and let them make Benny’s your favorite as well!  Telephone:  561-582-9001 Web:  Benny’s on the Beach.

Sunset Bar & Grill

Sunset Grill is a small Bistro Style Restaurant that specializes in fresh Ingredients, pure cooking, and friendly service. a former biker bar converted into a Trendy Bohemian Bistro Bar. Located in the Historically Hip Northwood Village. They are a Melting Pot of people. and a Ray of Sunshine. If you love a good burger or a fresh salad with Ahi Tuna, or try one of their steaks.  They are your place for any occasion. Great desserts and a cozy bar with a few screens for sports or old movies. Take a walk on the wild side.   Telephone:  561-832-2722  Web:  Sunset Bar & Grill.

The Blind Monk

A great place to eat and drink.  A low key, cozy atmosphere in West Palm Beach to hang out with friends, enjoy some fine wine, appetizers, or a cheese tray.  A simple but delicious menu.  Telephone:  561-833-3605  Web: The Blind Monk.

The Wine Dive

Downtown Clematis’ newest addition, The Wine Dive Bar & Restaurant, opened its doors in early January 2012 to quickly become the acclaim of West Palm Beach. Serving worldly inspired cuisine with a contemporary twist, their culinary team invites you to join them and have your taste buds begging you for more.  Pouring over 60 wines by the glass, their state of the art Enomatic machine provides the perfect night of sampling 2 oz tastings until you find your perfect mate and indulge in a full glass or bottle.  Telephone:  561-381-8821  Web:  The Wine Dive.

E R Bradley’s Saloon

The landmark bar and restaurant on the West Palm Beach Waterfront. It’s a right of passage, a place of celebrations, a place to relax. They are the city’s backyard, open 365 days a year with over 30 years of history making.  Experience traditions that have become a part of the community fabric, part of the city’s identity.   Telephone:   561-833-3520  Web:  E R Bradley’s Saloon.

Top West Palm Beach Hotels

Casa Grandview Bed and Breakfast


This award winning West Palm Beach bed and breakfast features a complimentary breakfast. Property offers free WiFi. A heated outdoor pool is on site, and Norton Museum of Art is less than 0.6 miles away.  The breakfast is served in 3 courses and is cooked to order. Coffee, tea, and other beverages are also provided.  Guests can relax in the garden or borrow a free bicycle and cycle around the local area. Hammocks and a free DVD library are provided by Casa Grandview Bed and Breakfast as well.

The Breakers


The Breakers remains one of America’s legendary resort destinations. Renowned for its seaside glamour and world-class service, the 538-room, Italian Renaissance-style hotel resides on 140 acres of oceanfront property in the heart of Palm Beach.  Resort amenities feature a private beach, four oceanfront pools, five whirlpool spas, 25 luxury beach bungalows and a variety of water sports; a new luxury spa; indoor-outdoor Ocean Fitness center; 36 holes of championship golf, including the Ocean Course and The Breakers Rees Jones® Course; 10 Har-Tru tennis courts; a Family Entertainment Center; an array of on-site boutiques; and nine acclaimed restaurants.

Hilton West Palm Beach


Located in West Palm Beach in the region of Florida, 350 feet from Palm Beach County Convention Center, Hilton West Palm Beach features a hot tub and fitness center. The hotel has an outdoor pool and views of the pool, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property and private parking is available on site.

Grandview Gardens Bed and Breakfast


With an outdoor swimming pool and free bike use, the Grandview Gardens Bed and Breakfast is in West Palm Beach, Florida. Free Wi-Fi access is available.  TVs are available in the rooms here, as are a refrigerator, air conditioning and a balcony. Extras include a sitting area, a DVD player and cable channels.

The Colony Hotel


The Colony Hotel is a full service luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of Palm Beach, just around the corner from Worth Avenue and steps away from the beach. The Colony is welcoming, thoughtful and young at heart. Personalized service is our distinguishing difference, and our location is unique and unparalleled. The Colony is part of the fabric of Palm Beach, an important participant in Palm Beach’s storied and colorful history.


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30 Comments

  1. Andrea

    Yeah, Florida! I was thinking about somewhere to go to escape the harsh Canadian winters and this seems like the perfect getaway.
    I can see that West Palm Beach is great for families, couples and independent travellers, which makes it a very attractive destination indeed.

    Thanks for the review!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Andrea. Yes, West Palm Beach has a little bit for everyone in the family. A great family beach vacation destination for sure!

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  2. Grant

    hi leahrea

    well what can i say amazing website lots of information on many places makes me want to work harder so i can afford a nice holiday like this lol.10/10 keep up the work.

    regards
    grant

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Grant…yes to have enough to just travel to all the beautiful places would be great. Cocoa Beach is wonderful though, I have been here 🙂

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  3. ArtByHeart

    Hi, love this review, loads of good info! It seems like an ideal destination for a large family where some prefer beach, few are adrenalin junkies loving adventures and others to explore nearby sights and culture only spending few hours soaking up the rays. We all love tasting new foods though, seems plenty around. I was wondering if you know the likelyhood of any veggie friendly restaurants, since part of my family eats no meat or seafood!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      There are several vegan restaurants. The best would be Queen of Sheeba, Darbster, and The Chickpea. All wonderful choices. Thanks for reading about West Palm Beach, Florida!

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  4. Elisa

    I’ve got friends down in Florida who keep asking us to visit. I wonder if even they know about all of these great places you have listed. Nice!

    A daily average of 86 degrees! That is torture when right now outside my house it is below zero!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I tell you what, there are so many places in Florida. And so many people don’t venture out to see it all. Absolutely love Florida beaches!

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  5. Furkan

    Hi West Palm Beach looks amazing and I really want to try Sunset Bar & Grill, do you know they can prepare special meals for allergen people. It sucks for me to have this problem, but there is nothing I can do about it. If they can prepare , I would love to eat there.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am not sure which allergies you have, but I am sure they can be flexible for you 🙂 I think you would enjoy visiting! Thanks Furkan.

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  6. Brent

    I do a lot of traveling with my work and last year I must have been down to Florida 10-15 times!! But never to Palm Beach. Boca Raton, Miami, OrlandoX4 but I always just drove by your fine city!!

    My life is always a vacation so I never have to take one, but I would love to stay around and visit Palm Beach this year(I am sure I will at some point) to see all the wonderful things you mentioned in this article.

    I must say that you certainly have covered all the bases, so to speak, about Palm Beach. Its almost like you work for the Visitors Bureau or something!! Great post!!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Brent 🙂 Just a passion of mine. Glad you enjoyed!

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  7. Cris Santos

    That is wonderful article. It definitely would help people a lot in finding a nice beach resort for vacation. You even made it easier for everybody to find a comfortable package deal for a cheaper price. In addition to it there are some extra tip that can help people to enjoy more of their vacation such as be flexible on schedule and plan it in advance. I have noticed that most of your article are about beaches around the USA, how about somewhere around Asia? I came from the east side that is how I know that there are also nice resort there to explore and maybe you might want also to include in your website. Anyway, Thank you , especially for those help tips.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I do plan on doing Asia. I plan on doing beaches through the world. I just started with beaches that are familiar to me. I am getting there 🙂 Thanks for visit West Palm Beach Vacations!

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  8. Wendy

    Hi Leahrae.

    Thank you for a very informative article. It looks like you’ve pretty much covered everything – beaches, hotels, food/beverages, and places of interest.

    Have you ever taken an air boat ride? I’d be interested in seeing the alligators but not up close and personal. I’d be worried about falling off. Do they have seat belts or something similar?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      The airboat operators take safety seriously. There are not seat belts but there is protection all around the boat. You will not fall off unless you were to climb over the railing. I think you would really enjoy this! It is safe, and pretty cool too! West Palm Beach has lots of great things to see and do if you are not feeling the airboat is the way to go 😀 Thank you Wendy for reading West Palm Beach Vacations.

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  9. Emma

    Florida sounds like a great holiday destination! Especially when you mention animals 😉 Every holiday destination for me is where there are animals, beaches and sun!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Then you will love the West Palm Beach area Emma 🙂 Besides having wonderful beaches, West Palm Beach has a lot to offer. Hope you make it here soon!

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  10. Chris

    Hi Leahrae. Thank you so much for the wonderful info. We are taking a trip to Boca this Spring to visit relatives, and are looking for other areas of FL. to explore. West Palm looks like a beautiful place with lots to do, so we may have to consider stopping here.

    Do you have a personal favorite place in Florida?

    Thanks for your help!

    Chris

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      My all time favorite place Chris is St Pete Beach. I love the atmosphere, the people, and pretty much everything about the place. So much so that I am moving there in just a few short months 🙂

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  11. Ben

    Wow! I always wanted to visit Florida. I knew it was warm there, but I didn’t know that it didn’t get cold in the winter! The average in January is more than 57 degrees, that’s really great! And thank you for telling me about Airfare Watchdog, I must use it from now on!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, Airfare Watchdog is really a great tool. I use it year round to keep me updated on a few locations. Then I know when to go. I can spend the entire day at the beach even in the winter. As you are right, it never really gets cold. The water on the East coast, as opposed to say St. Pete or Clearwater is going to be a bit chillier in the winter though.

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  12. Anis Chity

    Hi there what an awesome post! I enjoyed reading it! Looks like you are the right person to turn to make sure a great Palm Beach vacation!

    Sharing the contact information is an awesome idea, I live in Italy, Venice, if you visit over here I would love to meet you.

    Lots of stuff to learn from you keep up the great work and have a great day! 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Anis! Yes, I plan on visiting Italy. It is on my bucket list, so much beauty and history. Thank you for visiting West Palm Beach vacations!

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  13. Josh

    Nice article!
    Really makes me want to go back to Florida…it’s been a long time.
    I think have to check out scuba diving and SoFlo flyboarding.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Everyone has to try Flyboarding! It’s almost as awesome as surfing! Thanks for visiting Josh!

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  14. Daniella

    Hi Lea,

    What an excellent article, it made me feel I am right in Florida!
    In fact, I’ve been to Florida, but I didn’t know about this beautiful beach:) Next time I’ll go, I will surely suck up the sun on this beach, it looks fantastic! I have some family that live there and it is about time to visit them:)
    Le Rendez-Vous sounds great to have dinner as well, I love French food and so do my family:)
    I have bookmarked your website so I can use it as a guideline later on.
    Thank you for this fun and informative post!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Daniella! I am glad you found West Palm Beach Vacations to be informative for you!

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  15. ELCo

    What a nice website!

    When doing search online for travel information, that’s exactly what I want to see, not only the photos but some useful local details.

    For me, more experiences sharing is the best way to touch me and convincing.

    Very informative and makes me want to travel around especially when I’m also a beach lover! 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yay! I am glad you loved Beach Travel Destinations! Definitely a passion of mine. Thank you!

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