The Palm Beaches Vacation Planning Guide

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The Towns of the Palm Beaches

Royal Poinciana Way in Palm Beach Florida
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If you're planning a vacation to The Palm Beaches, learning a little bit about the area and what to expect will help you get the most from your time and vacation dollars.

Located in Southeast Florida, the 2,000 square mile region of The Palm Beaches (Palm Beach County) is the largest county southeast of the Mississippi River. There are 38 distinctive cities and towns within that area divided into 15 distinct districts that include popular shopping destinations. You might recognize these towns:

  • Jupiter
  • Palm Beach Gardens
  • West Palm Beach
  • Palm Beach
  • Lake Worth
  • Boynton Beach
  • Delray Beach
  • Boca Raton

The eastern portion of the county is situated along the Atlantic Ocean with beach stretching 47 miles from north to south. The northwest part of the county includes the second largest freshwater lake in the United States — Lake Okeechobee.

Now, let's look at some frequently asked questions about The Palm Beaches:

What is weather like in The Palm Beaches? Should you pack a bathing suit in the winter? How much does it rain in the summer? Look here for West Palm Beach's weather by month, as well as monthly average temperatures, rainfall and ocean temperatures.

When Is Hurricane Season? The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30, with the highest storm probability from August through October. | More Hurricane Information |

Is The Palm Beaches expensive? Palm Beach and West Palm Beach have long been a magnet for the rich and famous with several even owning homes in the area (Jimmy Buffet, Howard Stern, and Rush Limbaugh, among others). While that may have helped add to its popularity, it may also have added to the assumption that vacationing there is expensive. Certain areas can be pricey, but if you are willing to sacrifice some accommodation amenities there are budget-friendly options in the area.

02 of 05

Getting to and Around the Palm Beaches

Palm Beach International Airport
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Palm Beach County is located about 60 miles north of Miami and 150 miles southeast of Orlando. The County straddles the north-south highways of Interstate 95 and the scenic U.S. Route 1 making accessibility convenient to those traveling by automobile.

If you are planning to fly, West Palm Beach's Palm Beach International Airport conveniently serves The Palm Beaches with major airlines providing daily non-stop service to over 25 destinations. The airport is located just two-and-a-half miles from top resorts, pristine beaches, the Convention Center and West Palm Beaches' downtown district.

Getting around The Palm Beaches has never been easier through the combined efforts of South Florida's Tri-Rail and Palm Tran. Tri-Rail, a regional rail service, stretches from Miami to West Palm Beach. Palm Tran is the bus transportation service that covers the County from Jupiter south to Boca Raton.

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Where to Stay in the Palm Beaches

Four Seasons Resort Room with View
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Palm Beach, Florida is often associated with the rich and famous. In many people's minds, that seems to translate into not affordable. While that can be a put-off to those budget-conscious vacationers, the reality is that there are a variety of accommodations to fit nearly every budget.

Of course, the closer you get to the ocean the more luxurious (and expensive) are the accommodations. The island of Palm Beach is no exception, but the view and added amenities may well be worth the more than $600 a night rate for most rooms.

Search by type of accommodations you are seeking for location, amenities, etc.

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Shopping in the Palm Beaches

CityPlace in West Palm Beach
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The Palm Beaches are known for the decidedly upscale shopping opportunities. Shopping districts seem to define certain towns and areas of the county. They include (from north to south):


  • Revitalizing the town and providing a new downtown core, Harbourside Place has coupled with the Jupiter Riverwalk for a new stay, shop and dine experience.

Palm Beach Gardens

  • The Gardens Mall offers shoppers a high-end experience featuring more than 160 shops and restaurants.
  • PGA Commons is a collection of upscale shops set amid cobblestone walkways and lavishly landscaped outdoor common areas.

West Palm Beach

  • Clematis Street is the historical heart of Downtown West Palm Beach where you'll find specialty shops, art galleries, restaurants, nightclubs and historical landmarks.
  • CityPlace features more than 80 global-brand retail options in an open-air, Italian-inspired architecturally innovative center.
  • Northwood Village offers unique one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, and restaurants just two miles north of Downtown West Palm Beach.
  • Antique Row features more than 40 antique shops, vintage boutiques and home design stores. This is reportedly the most diverse antiquing district in the United States.

Palm Beach

  • Worth Avenue is perhaps one of the most iconic streets in America and it has a celebrated reputation as an upscale shopping mecca.

Lake Worth

  • Downtown Lake Worth is a vibrant area that provides an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, art galleries and music venues.

Delray Beach

  • Atlantic Avenue is the center of Downtown Delray Beach known for its shopping, dining and small-town curb appeal.
  • Pineapple Grove Village is a colorful arts district offering an eclectic mix of boutiques, local restaurants, fine art galleries, custom furniture stores and relaxing spas.

Boca Raton

  • Mizner Park is the open-air epicenter of Downtown Boca Raton that marries luxury retail shopping with cultural experiences.
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05 of 05

Things to Do in the Palm Beaches

Polo Match at International Polo Club Palm Beach
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When you visit The Palm Beaches, planning your activities each day is only hard because there are so many choices. Where else can you take in a polo match, stroll a Japanese garden, go on safari, take in a ball game, go to the beach, play a round of golf, explore The Everglades, drive a go-kart, visit a zoo, play mini-golf or shop until you drop.

The Palm Beaches is the Spring Training home to the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins that both train at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter during March. The International Polo Club is the premier polo destination in the world with matches usually held seasonally (January through April).

Attractions in the Palm Beaches

Fun Depot - Lake Worth - Go karts, batting cages, laser storm and an arcade.

Lion Country Safari - Loxahatchee - Drive yourself wild as you get an up-close look at wild animals in their natural habitats.

Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf - Jupiter - 36 holes of mini-golf.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center - Juno Beach - See rescued turtles and learn more about marine life.

Palm Beach Zoo - West Palm Beach - Winner of 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor!

Putt'n Around - Delray Beach - 36 holes of mini-golf and sports bar.

Rapids Water Park - Riviera Beach - South Florida's largest water park features 30 action-packed attractions and thrilling water slides.

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium - West Palm Beach - Enjoy interactive exhibits that will entertain and educate the entire family as well as an aquarium and planetarium.

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