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West Palm Beach Is a Big Little City with over 100,000 people. West Palm Beach is west of Palm Beach, south of Palm Beach Gardens and North Palm Beach, southwest of Palm Beach Shores, and east of Royal Palm Beach. This group of cities and the vicinity is known as “the Palm Beaches.”
The climate of West Palm Beach is subtropical. The city has nearly constant sunshine and only mildly distinguishable seasons. Winters are cooler than the area’s humid summers, but temperatures during the winter months occasionally go down to the 30s. January is the coldest month when temperatures average a warm 65 degrees. However, despite the long, humid summers, the city has never recorded a temperature at 100 degrees. The hottest month is August when the temperatures average around 83 degrees.
Since the 1990s, developments such as City Place and the preservation and renovation of 1920s architecture in the nightlife hub of Clematis Street have seen a downtown resurgence in the entertainment and shopping district. The city has also placed emphasis on neighborhood development and revitalization, in historic districts such as Northwood, Flamingo Park, and El Cid. Some neighborhoods still struggle with blight and crime, as well as lowered property values caused by the Great Recession, which hit the region particularly hard. Since the recovery, multiple new developments have been completed. The Palm Beach Mall, located at the Interstate 95/Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard interchange became abandoned as downtown revitalized – the very mall that initiated the original abandonment of the downtown. The mall was then redeveloped into the Palm Beach Fashion Outlets in February 2014. A station for All Aboard Florida, a high speed passenger rail service serving Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Orlando, is under construction as of July 2015.
West Palm Beach has more than gorgeous beaches; it also has a great selection of museums and other attractions. These include:
- The Armory Art Center
- The Norton Museum of Art
- The South Florida Science Museum
- Whitehall Flagler Museum
- The Elliott Museum
- The Hibel Museum of Art
- The Raymond F. Kravis Center
- The Lion Country Safari
West Palm Beach also has a lot of activities for sports fans. Just an hour and ten minutes south of West Palm Beach is Miami, home of NBA champions the Miami Heat, as well as the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. Some nearby teams include the Jacksonville Jaguars football team, the Florida Panthers hockey team, and the Florida Marlins baseball team. In fact, the area is also well-known for its baseball spring training facilities.