West Palm Beach is the largest city in Palm Beach County, the northernmost of the tri-county area that makes up South Florida (the other two being Broward County and Miami-Dade County). It's one of the principal cities in the region, but with a population of only about 100,000 people, it's sometimes overlooked for its larger southern neighbors - Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Still, the city strives to be just as notable without sacrificing it's mid-sized charm.
Florida's Turnpike and Interstate 95 provide easy access to the east and west areas of the city. Looking to fly in? Most major domestic and various foreign airports offer flights to Palm Beach International Airport, not far from the heart of the city. Visitors here relax on the beach (which is actually on the opulent island of neighboring Palm Beach), encounter animals at the Palm Beach Zoo and Lion Country Safari, gaze at art at the Norton Museum, take in shows at the Kravis Center or the Improv comedy club, and shop, dine and club at the CityPlace entertainment complex and Clematis Street. Wealthier tourists head across the Intracoastal Waterway to Palm Beach for ultra posh hotels like The Breakers and The Four Seasons, and to spend big bucks on Worth Avenue, considered the Rodeo Drive of the east with big name stores like Chanel, Armani, Gucci and more.
In short, West Palm Beach offers much of what Fort Lauderdale and Miami do, but with less traffic.
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