Traveling to West Palm Beach
If you are coming to West Palm Beach by air, you will be arriving at Palm Beach International Airport (“PBI”). Carriers serving PBI include (listed alphabetically) Air Canada, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, BahamasAir, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, and WestJet.
By the way, PBI is the only airport where you can see a putting green in the middle of the lobby between Concourses B and C.
If you are driving, both I-95 and the Florida Turnpike serve the area from the north and the south. As far as rental vehicles available, the following companies provide service: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.
You also may choose to fly into the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (“FLL”) about 40 minutes south of PBI or Miami International Airport (“MIA”) about another 20 minutes to the south.
Places to stay in the central West Palm Beach area
There are many hotel properties to choose from in the central West Palm Beach area that are close to where the classes are held. Additionally, there are oceanfront properties on Singer Island such as the Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront/Palm Beaches Resort, Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa, and Marriott Vacation Club/Marriott’s Ocean Pointe (about 6 miles north of Okeechobee Boulevard and then east to the coast) as well as resort settings (such as the PGA National Resort & Spa, Four Seasons Palm Beach, or The Breakers) that you can choose if you are traveling with your family or want to make an extended stay out of your trip.
Right in the Vista Center where most of the classes are held is the Hampton Inn West Palm Beach Florida Turnpike. East of the Turnpike on Okeechobee Boulevard ( a mile or so east of Vista Parkway) is the La Quinta Inn West Palm Beach-City Place. Also on Okeechobee Boulevard east at Australian Boulevard (the street on the east side of the Airport where you exit the Airport) is the full-service West Palm Beach Marriott Hotel.
Just north of the airport, along either side of Australian Avenue, north of Belvedere Road (the north boundary of the airport), are several hotel properties, including the Embassy Suites West Palm Beach-Central (located immediately across from the airport), Hampton Inn West Palm Beach Central Airport (located just to the north) and the adjacent Hilton Garden Inn West Palm Beach Airport (located immediately to the north), the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Palm Beach Airport (across the street to the east), and others in this area such as the Holiday Inn Palm Beach Airport, Courtyard West Palm Beach Airport, Studio 6 West Palm Beach Airport.
There are a few properties located near I-95 and Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard (Exit 71 on I-95 and the next major road north of Okeechobee Boulevard) such as the Ramada West Palm Beach Airport, La Quinta Inn & Suites West Palm Beach I-95, Best Western Palm Beach Lakes, and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham West Palm Beach.
There are several more hotels near I-95 and 45th Street at Exit 74 on I-95 (4 miles north of Okeechobee Boulevard), including Homewood Suites by Hilton West Palm Beach, Extended Stay America West Palm Beach-Northpoint Corporate Park, SpringHill Suites West Palm Beach I-95, Red Roof Inn West Palm Beach, Holiday Inn Express & Suites West Palm Beach Metrocentre, Residence Inn by Marriott West Palm Beach, and Courtyard West Palm Beach.
Things to do in West Palm Beach
Eating and dining are always in style, and there are several national chains represented in the West Palm Beach area (central Palm Beach County and ranging north to Jupiter-Tequesta and south to Delray Beach-Boca Raton) as well as some local and regional favorites. Many people enjoy seafood when they come to Florida, and there are several well-known local restaurants that specialize in seafood entrees.
City Place, located on the north side of Okeechobee Boulevard just west on downtown offers many upscale retail shops, restaurants, drinking establishments, events, and a great night life experience. On Thursday nights, “Clematis By Night” offers a similar eating and drinking experience and live entertainment on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach.
For shopping, there is world famous Worth Avenue, the Gardens Mall, the Mall at Wellington Green, and the new Palm Beach Outlets Mall.
There are charter boats for sightseeing and deep sea fishing, the Bahamas Paradise Cruise offers overnight voyages to the Bahamas, and for wild animal experiences, there is Lion Country Safari African Adventure (a wild animal park that boasts over 900 animals you drive through in your vehicle with an amusement park and KOA campground also) and the Palm Beach Zoo. For a great sight-seeing experience of the downtown waterfront – from the land and the water (Intracoastal Waterway/Lake Worth) – the Diva Duck offers a great amphibious tour.
What would South Florida be without beaches? We have several. There also are several parks incorporating the beach (including John D. MacArthur Beach State Park) and dozens of golf courses.
In the spring (late February and the month of March), the World Series Champion Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals have spring training in the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, and the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins call Roger Dean Stadium in nearby Jupiter their home. In the summer months, the Jupiter Hammerheads (the Marlins “Class A” club) play their home games there in the Florida State League. Also in Jupiter is the world famous Jupiter Lighthouse in its classic and easily recognizable all red color that dates back to before the start of the Civil War. Each March, the Palm Beach International Boat Show is held along Flagler Drive and in the water in downtown West Palm Beach. SunFest (an internationally know music festival) is held in that same area the last of April and first part of May each year.
For classic and rare car collectors, West Palm Beach hosts the Barrett-Jackson auto auctions (along with Scottsdale, Arizona).
Culturally, there is the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts that hosts touring Broadway productions, professional singers, musical groups and orchestras, and other performers. There also is the Henry Flagler Museum (also known at “Whitehall”) and the Norton Museum of Art. There are several colleges and universities in the area as well, such as Keiser University (formerly Northwood University), Palm Beach Atlantic University, Palm Beach State College, Nova Southeastern University (West Palm Beach campus), Florida Atlantic University, South University, Southeastern University, and others.