West Palm Beach Facts

West Palm Beach Facts
West Palm Beach is located in Palm Beach County and is a one of three main cities located in South Florida. West Palm Beach is Miami metropolitan area's oldest municipality and became a city in 1894, two years prior to Miami. The population in West Palm Beach in 2016 was estimated at over 108,890. West Palm Beach encompasses an area of 57.69 square miles of which 2.56 square miles are water. West Palm Beach is located across from Palm Beach, divided by the Intracoastal Waterway. It is also south of North Palm Beach and Palm Beach gardens, east of Royal Palm Beach, and southwest of Palm Beach Shores. This region is referred to as the 'Palm Beaches'.
Interesting West Palm Beach Facts:
West Palm Beach enjoys a mild winter due to the Gulf Stream. It has a tropical rainforest climate.
West Palm Beach is considered to be a big city with a small population.
Part of what makes living in West Palm Beach feel like a big city is the number of amenities in place for the wealthy residents of Palm Beach.
In West Palm Beach scuba diving is called drift diving. The reason is that scuba divers merely have to remain still and the Gulf Stream carries them along.
Neighborhoods within West Palm Beach include the Bel Air Historic District, Central Park, El Cid, Flamingo Park, Grandview Heights, Mango Promenade, Northboro Park, Northwest, Old Northwood Historic District, Northwood Hills Historic District, Prospect Park, and West Northwood Historic District.
Due to the tropical climate of West Palm Beach there are many different types of tropical plants found around the city.
The west season in West Palm Beach runs from May to October and the dry season runs from November to April.
The Norton Museum of Art is located in West Palm Beach, as well as the Richard and Pat Johnson Beach County History Museum.
There is an outdoor water front amphitheater in West Palm Beach called the Meyer Amphitheater that was once the location of a Holiday Inn.
The 350,000 square foot Palm Beach County Convention Center is located in West Palm Beach's downtown area.
Since 1982 West Palm Beach has hosted Sunfest - which features art and music in April and May with roughly 275,000 people in attendance each year.
The Palm Beach International Film Festival is held in West Palm Beach each year.
West Palm Beach is home to the newly constructed Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, able to hold 6,500 in fixed seats and another 1,000 on the berm of the outfield.
The Palm Beach Zoo is located in West Palm Beach. It has more than 190 species of animals totaling more than 550 in a tropical habitat of 23 acres.
West Palm Beach has a 30 acre water park called Rapids Water Park with 35 water slides and a wave pool.
Visitors to West Palm Beach can shop in the Clematis Street shopping district, City Place, Antique Row, and Northwood Village.
West Palm Beach has three sister cities including Budva, Tzahar, and Mersin.


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