ideal-LIVING.com ideal-LIVING • fall 2015
ideal towns >>> west palm beach, fl
Ever since founding father Henry Flagler opened the Royal Poinciana in 1894, turning Palm Beach into a vacation hot spot for Northerners, this part of southeast Florida has long been
one of the most exclusive places to live and visit.
If Palm Beach is where the rich and famous gather amongst “glitz
and glamour,” West Palm Beach on the other side of the Intracoastal
Waterway represents a more “normal” lifestyle. But make no mistake,
though less swanky than its sister city across the bridge, West Palm
Beach is every bit as lively and desirable.
With its vibrant new CityPlace shopping and dining center, dozens
of gorgeous golf and resort-style communities and historic Clematis
Street, one of 15 designated historic districts in the city, West Palm
Beach has a historic and hip character unique to most urban places.
Plus, flanked by Riviera Beach to the north and Lake Worth to the
south, this 55-square-mile city offers lots of open space for outdoor
enthusiasts and attractive real estate values.
Basically, West Palm Beach represents the best of both worlds:
proximity to the Palm Beaches but world’s apart in pricing and attitude.
Gold Coast by Scott Kauffman
• Avocado Grill is one of the newer restaurants
rolling into West Palm, featuring a full raw bar and
small plates of delightful avocado-centric dishes.
• Café Boulud was established as a Palm Beach foodies’ paradise at the Brazilian Court Hotel.
• Café Chardonnay features innovative cuisine set in
a contemporary space with an outstanding, naturally, wine list.
• Café L’Europe is one of Palm Beach’s best-known
establishments. It’s perfect for romantic outings,
featuring a weekend jazz combo to help
set the mood.
• Marcello’s La Sirena’s Northern Italian
menu focuses on al dente-perfect pastas, light as
air, and accompanied by sumptuous sauces.
• Meat Market, originally started in Miami,
is a self-described “sexier and more glamorous”
place to enjoy steak and seafood.
TOP THINGS TO DO
This mixed-used center is a buzz of
shopping, entertainment and dining.
• Clematis Street
A must-stop in the historic heart
of downtown West Palm Beach.
• Coral Sky Amphitheater
This open-air venue is great for
• Flagler Museum
Formerly the Palm Beach estate
of Henry Flagler, it was once
dubbed the “Taj Mahal of North
• Lion Country Safari
It’s best to stay in your car in this
rare real-life safari ride amongst
• Mounts Botanical Garden
Approximately 14 landscaped
acres display tropical and subtropical plants, both native and
• Norton Museum of Art
Collections range from 19th- and
20th-century paintings to Chinese
bronzes and Buddhist sculptures.
• Okeeheelee Park
Just west of the city is a beautiful
place for adventures with kayak
rentals and outdoor activities.
• South Florida Science Center
Hands-on exhibits explore light,
color, sound and paleontology.