Downtown West Palm Beach is an urban mecca where culture and the arts meld together with high-fashion shopping, lively nightlife and trendy eateries. The median age of the 65,842 population is 38 years old, with plenty of living space. High rise buildings offer beautiful views of the ocean while staying within walking distance, or even living above, the action. Whether renting or owning is the goal, plenty of beautiful housing is available in the heart of downtown. A weekly green market, from October to May, offers local produce and goods. Segue tours, amphibious tours, water taxi service and more, are all convenient ways of getting from place to place downtown.
Culture is a big part of life downtown, where the Armory Art Center, Flagler Museum, Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach Dramaworks, the Palm Beach Opera, the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and more venues offer music, shows, fine art and more. Special events such as SunFest, a music festival, draws a crowd of more than 275,000 visitors to the downtown area every year and is always a huge hit.
Travel less than a half hour west of West Palm Beach and reach the Village of Wellington, a residential community with a population that practically doubles during the winter season. Wellington attracts equestrians, ranging from amateurs to professionals and even Olympians, to its many equestrian venues. The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center is host to the Winter Equestrian Festival for hunters and jumpers as well as the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Polo, the fast-paced sport of kings, takes place at the International Polo Club Palm Beach as well as the Grand Champions Polo Club. Wellington features a comprehensive parks and recreation program with camps, classes and leagues, along with a brand new tennis center, a skate park, dog park, aquatics center and amphitheater. Wellington boasts two environmental preserves – the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Environmental Preserve and the Peaceful Waters Sanctuary, as well as 34 parks with many village-run sports programs.
The city of Boca Raton, south of West Palm Beach, is known for its two-mile stretch of beaches that are protected by lifeguards, offering a safe and serene environment for leisure, sports and enjoying nature. The beautiful beaches that line Boca Raton are connected by city parks that offer playgrounds, grills and picnic tables, making a day at the beach a true experience. The Mizner Park Amphitheater features music festivals, expos, special events and is situated in the heart of Downtown Boca, where the dining, nightlife, arts and culture are sure to entertain. Town Center at Boca Raton, a Simon Mall, offers an endless array of high fashion stores to complement the boutiques and specialty stores downtown.
Jupiter, north of West Palm Beach, has multiple parks where eco-tourism booms. Kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving and more are available. Jupiters’ Riverwalk, an Intercoastal Waterway path, is in the works and will provide approximately 2.5 miles of trails for bike riding, walking and observing animals in their natural habitats. Boating is a favorite pastime at the parks in Jupiter, where waterways and beaches offer a chance to soak in the Florida sunshine while enjoying an active adventure. River tours, bird watching, camping and more are available at the state parks.