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Palm Beach County enjoys a wide array of excellent hotels and motels in every price range for business and leisure travelers. Altogether, the county has more than 215 hotels/motels totaling 15,500 total rooms with an average occupancy rate of about 70 percent.
The county’s most luxurious resorts line the Atlantic Ocean beaches and include the Ritz Carlton in Manalapan, the Four Seasons Ocean Grand and the Palm Beach Hilton Oceanfront Resort in southern Palm Beach, The Breakers and The Colony in Palm Beach and the Jupiter Inn to the north. Singer Island is also the home of numerous beachfront resorts.
Other major hotels are located at inland locations, including the Marriott and PGA Sheraton in Palm Beach Gardens, the Crowne Plaza and the Palm Beach Airport Hilton near the Palm Beach International Airport and the Gulfstream Holiday Inn on the Intracoastal Waterway in Lake Worth. Many of these hotels cater to business travelers and include meeting facilities and corporate-oriented amenities.
Numerous smaller hotels and motels throughout the county serve the growing numbers of vacationers who visit Palm Beach County. Many of these leisure-oriented facilities are located in the beachfront communities of Jupiter, Singer Island, Palm Beach Shores, Palm Beach, South Palm Beach, Manalapan, Ocean Ridge, Gulfstream and Highland Beach.
Visitors who plan on longer stays in Palm Beach County can select from extended-stay inns, rental villas, apartments and condominiums. Seasonal visitors are a common site at many rental communities that offer a full complement of recreational facilities for golf, tennis and swimming.
Palm Beach County’s “high season” runs from mid autumn through early spring and rates are typically higher during the peak October to April period. In addition, a growing number of summer visitors from other parts of Florida, Europe and Latin America have discovered the county’s numerous attractions. Inexpensive week-long or weekend getaway accommodation packages are offered by many hotels and motels during the summer season.
Many of Florida’s finest restaurants are located in Palm Beach County. Residents and visitors can sample four-star continental, Italian, Asian and American cuisine and enjoy superb service in a warm, inviting setting.
Many restaurants take advantage of Palm Beach County’s waterfront assets, serving up a great view of the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway or the city lights along with a memorable meal. For breakfast, lunch, dinner — or a special champagne Sunday brunch — diners have a full menu of choices.
Fresh-caught seafood — snapper, grouper, pompano, bass, trout, swordfish, lobster or stone crabs — is one of the many pleasures of dining in Palm Beach County. Whether grilled, fried, broiled, blackened or stir-fried, a carefully prepared seafood entree can be the highlight of a night on the town.
Another satisfying option is a delectable steak dinner — filet mignon, sirloin or a juicy prime rib with a baked potato, green vegetable and perhaps a slice of key lime pie.
Ethnic restaurants, including Chinese, Indian, Thai, Russian, Greek, Middle-Eastern and Cuban abound throughout the county, assuring diners of a wide variety of mealtime experiences.
Every night, Palm Beach County comes alive with music, dancing and late-night entertainment. Whether you enjoy jazz, country, folk, rock ‘n’ roll or easy-listening performers, there’s undoubtedly a club, restaurant or lounge to your liking. Perhaps the hottest area for nightlife is Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach.
Restaurants, clubs and shops stay open late in the evening, and passers-by can enjoy the sounds of live music. Special events are held almost every weekend, as well as “Clematis by Night” outdoor entertainment programs. Bands play at the downtown West Palm Beach Library Plaza at the foot of Clematis Street on Thursday nights, while arts and crafts and food vendors set up their booths.
Other locations for live entertainment can be found in Palm Beach, Wellington, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens and other nearby communities. You don’t have to drive far to find a club featuring country and western or hard-driving dance music provided by live bands or experienced DJs. Many Palm Beach County restaurants have separate bars for dancing, and hotels often provide lounges with dance floors.
Palm Beach County is one of America’s great playgrounds, abounding in outdoor recreational opportunities and indoor attractions. Lion Country Safari, for instance, lets families get a close-up view of African wildlife from the safety of their cars. Other attractions range from offshore scuba diving trips to dozens of challenging golf courses.
The many species of seafood native to Florida including snapper, grouper, pompano, bass, trout, swordfish and shellfish — often are used by top-flight chefs who innovatively prepare them in the style of the nationality represented by the restaurant. Indoor and outdoor dining, casual or formal, waterfront or landlocked — it’s all available throughout the area. The meal is often topped off with the area’s favorite treat Key Lime pie.
Restaurants in Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and other spots up and down the coast overlook the Atlantic Ocean or both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway, and customers can enjoy thoroughly relaxing and romantic dining with a view of the shimmering water and boats cruising by as soft breezes waft across them.
Dining often is followed by dancing, and Palm Beach County has plenty of places to boogie in any style, whether it be rock n roll, disco, ballroom, country & western or the current crazes. Many of the restaurants have separate bars for dancing, and hotels often provide lounges with dance floors.
A number of spots, especially in downtown West Palm Beach, have music designed mainly for listening, including jazz in genres from dixieland to bebop to fusion, and folk. The piano bar is not as common as it used to be, but one still can be found here and there. Hundreds of people flock to this scene and stroll along Clematis Street, popping in and out of entertainment spots for an evening of fun known as Clematis by Night.
Special events are so numerous in the Palm Beaches that they have become a standard part of the leisure lifestyle. The Arts and Culture section of the Guide provides a more detailed rundown, and the Special Events calendar also will prove quite helpful.
Palm Beach County is known throughout the world as “a shopper’s paradise”, with everything from the most exclusive boutiques and department stores to outlet stores and discount centers that feature true bargains on all sorts of merchandise.
Worth Avenue in Palm Beach is internationally renowned for its trend-setting shops like Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Cartier, Vittadini, Versace and Tiffany. These high-end stores feature the latest European fashions, hand-crafted jewelry, imported china and porcelain, original artwork and native handicrafts. Adding to the shopping excitement is a new Neiman Marcus across the street from Worth Avenue’s Esplanade, an attractive two-story building filled with international boutiques.
To the south, Mizner Park in Boca Raton is a unique shopping, dining and entertainment center with its own high-end specialty stores. This pedestrian-friendly center is most crowded on evenings and weekends.
The Palm Beach Mall in West Palm Beach and The Gardens mall in Palm Beach Gardens and Wellington Mall at Forest Hill Boulevard feature upscale department stores such as Burdines, Bloomingdales, Macys, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, JC Penney and Sears. For its 10th anniversary, The Gardens has added eight new stores and refurbished more than a dozen others.
Palm Beach County also has a large number of specialty shops, discount stores, factory outlets, flea markets and neighborhood shopping centers that serve residents and visitors.