Day Tripping to the Barrier Island of Palm Beach!

Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, Information and Photo Courtesy

The beautiful town of Palm Beach, which is a short drive from WEF, is actually a barrier island and is named after it’s gorgeous palm trees, which aren’t indigenous to the island.  In 1878, a Spanish ship traveling from the island of Trinidad, wrecked off the coast with a load of coconuts, which washed ashore and were planted. This unfortunate event became the fortunate reason that we now benefit from this tropical paradise near Wellington!

Palm Beach is the original historic settlement and it features world famous resorts (The Breakers) exquisite architecture and mansions as well as famous shopping and dining on Worth Avenue. Palm Beach simply defines luxury. 

The area of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach are divided by a coastal waterway, and West Palm Beach has grown into it’s own booming city.  The area is more casual than Palm Beach and is punctuated by great shopping, dining, bars, entertainment and diverse cultural activity.

“Located along Florida’s Atlantic Ocean Coast, West Palm Beach offers visitors year-round excitement within easy reach of smooth-sand beaches and some of the nation’s most enticing waterways. If you want to see some of the nation’s top musical entertainment, time your visit for SunFest – Florida’s largest waterfront music festival. And downtown West Palm Beach is home to four retail and entertainment districts: Clematis Street, CityPlace, Northwood Village, and Antique Row. These vibrant pieces of West Palm Beach are lined with fashionable bars, nightclubs, boutiques and collectables. Also of note in West Palm Beach are the Norton Museum of Art, which offers sculpture and other masterworks, the Palm Beach Zoo, and show-stopping events at the downtown Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.”

Both destinations are wonderful options for a day or evening away from the horse world in Wellington.  Take a respite from the barn and spend the day at the beach before strolling the shops on Worth Avenue, then take in some entertainment in West Palm Beach, or just enjoy a casual night out on the town.  Whatever your mood, Palm Beach County offers plenty of alternatives for those seeking the best there is to offer in this region of Florida!