It’s difficult to list everything the city of West Palm Beach has to offer its visitors and residents without sounding like a commercial. Located on the east coast of Florida, it has some the best of what visitors and residents alike love about Florida.
It’s a beachside community that offers consistent warm weather and all the culture and business activity of a major Florida city without many of the urban headaches experienced by residents of Miami, Orlando, or Tampa.
West Palm Beach serves as the central population location in Palm Beach County, boasting a population of more than 117,000 according to the 2020 Census. The city itself covers a 58-square-mile area and enjoys the reputation of providing an urban/suburban environment that welcomes anyone interested in living and doing business in a waterfront community.
As a seaside city between Miami and Cocoa Beach, West Palm Beach enjoys the type of climate similar to what would be found in a tropical paradise. Most of the year, the temperature is consistently enjoyable with sunny days in the 70’s and 80’s.
Though we may have our share of humid and hot summer weather and occasionally a cold snap at night, in general West Palm Beach is know for delightful weather. The water temperature in West Palm Beach is also pleasant and inviting. Sea temperature is 76°F on average allowing you to swim and enjoy water sports.
The Florida Department of Education awarded the Palm Beach County School District, which manages the county’s K-12 public schools, an “A” rating for the 2021-2022 school year.
That is particularly impressive given that Palm Beach County currently contains 236 schools with an overall student population of over 187,000.
There a number of university and post-secondary educational offerings in the area. Schools include Florida Atlantic University, Keiser University, Lynn University, Nova Southeastern University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Palm Beach State College. Florida Atlantic University is part of the state’s 12-campus State University System of Florida and serves South Florida.
Things to Do
There’s a lot to like in West Palm Beach.
West Palm Beach hosts a variety of museums and performing arts centers, most notably the Norton Museum of Art and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. The city also serves as the home of the Palm Beach County Convention Center, a 350,000-square-foot colossus that can be used for any and every kind of convention need from graduations to fitness conventions.
The city also hosts a variety of film and music specials, with emphasis placed on the annual SunFest music and art festival. And for anyone looking for culture, the city features the Palm Beach Zoo, the South Florida Science Museum, and the Rapids Water Park.
Visitors and residents also take advantage of the beaches. The area has public beaches such as Lake Worth Beach or Peanut Island. West Palm Beach parks allow for beach access and fun in the sun and surf.
The city hosts spring training for numerous Major League Baseball franchises including the Astros, Nationals, Marlins, and Cardinals. Palm Beach Atlantic University fields NCAA teams in basketball, baseball, and soccer. On the more off-beat sports offerings, the city also hosts professional croquet and BMX racing competitions.
West Palm Beach is a thriving city with a wide array of businesses including law firms. One of the top law firms is Farkas and Crowley which represents clients in criminal cases, family law including divorce, and personal injury law.