A GUIDE TO WEST PALM BEACH

West Palm Beach, Florida

A few years ago I went to NYC for a couple of weeks to pursue my passion for dancing. Not only it was my very first solo trip, it was also the first time discovering the beauty of making friends from abroad. And one of those beautiful people I met by the big apple still stucks with me.

He was the one that introduced me to West Palm Beach. I would have never ever thought about visiting this piece of land, that belongs to Palm Beach County in Florida, without him asking me to visit. And now, after spending two weeks in this area, I am more than glad I followed his invitation. Just because the unexpected often turns out into the greatest.

And this is what I loved about West Palm Beach: Actually, it all starts by the Palms. Besides the fact that they are just everywhere, the history behind it is pretty cool. It says, that the coconuts came from a Spanish ship frack that sunk in Palm Beach Harbor. I don’t have actual proof of this story but I decided to believe instead of questioning it. The fact, that Palm Beach is so green, with stunning trees and flowers brings so many creatures to this place. Which makes it easy to observe owls, all kind of birds, squirrels and even turtles in your backyard!


TO DO LIST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

  • Grassy Waters Preserve (see the alligators!)
  • Singer Island (where the high Society lives)
  • Henry Morrison Flagler House
  • Singer Island
  • Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society
  • Loggerhead Marinelife Center (Turtle Rescue Center)
  • Worth Avenue (Shopping)
  • CityPlace (West Palm Beach Downtown)
  • Norton Museum of Art
  • Ride a Bike at Okeeheelee Park
  • Manatee Lagoon

Whoever wants to make sure to see one of these creatures can visit the world-famous Everglades. “Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, black Bears,  American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther.” (credit: nps.gov.htm) And hands down, I saw ALL OF THESE CREATURES! Ok to be fair, I have seen the panthers at the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary http://www.buschwildlife.org. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the Manatee Lagoon where I could see dozens of Manatees. I’m not going to talk about the crocodiles, ’cause they are all over the place. So I was pretty impressed by all the animals but that wasn’t all: LET’S TALK ABOUT ART.

Coming from Europe it’s hard to believe how the community of West Palm Beach supports Artists. And the best way to get in touch with it is by booking an art tour through the city with Ashley from gravityforgood.com. This passionate lady is killin’ it by showing the amazing works of mural artists all around the world.

On Singer Island, you can visit the Museum of Henry Morrison Flagler House and go on a little Lake walk right next to the parking area, where you see the Giant Kabok Tree. Once you are on the Island, don’t forget to take a look at the stunning mansions where on the famous Ocean Blvd. also the Beach Club of President Trump Mar-a-Lago found its home.

And last but not least: Check out the amazing beaches! It’s even an interesting place for divers to see several kinds of fishes, mantas, turtles and sharks.

Whoever somehow ends up in West Palm Beach should rent a car like in most of the United States are things far apart and hard to visit without an own car. If you haven’t the chance to rent a car, there is a train line coming from Miami.

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Olivia Maurer

Olivia is a Swiss Journalist with a passion for traveling and a mindfull living. I hope you enjoyed this post! Please feel free to leave a comment below, I love hearing from you all.

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