parking near city place and clematis street can be hard to find. a great way to get around downtown west palm beach is the city trolley. you can usually find parking places near the kravis center and you can pick up the trolley there to get to city place or clematis street. the great thing about the trolley is that it is FREE ! see the attached web site for routes and times.
Almost all airlines fly directly into West Palm Beach to Palm Beach International Airport. Amtrak and Greyhound both have terminals here.
Rent a car. The West Palm Beach area is spread out, and taxi service could be expensive. Also, bus service might not get you where you want to go.
West Palm Beach sits on the east coast of Florida.
The best way to experience all of the West Palm Beach area is to take a water taxi tour.Drive through Lion County Safari.
The Florida Turnpike, U.S.hwy 1. Military Trail,
State Road 7 and I-95.
Amtrak depart from the historic railroad station at
201 S.Tamarind Ave.info:1800-USA-RAIL
By Air: Palm Beach International Airport
Bus:Palm Tran, bus system runs from Boca Raton to Palm Beach Gardens
The United States of America has been built around the freedom a person has via an automobile. Outside of major cities buses and trains can be problematic. That said:
Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade Counties(e.g. West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami) have reasonably prolific public buses. Like all mass transit you will, with limited exception, find it will take significantly longer to travel to. However you CAN get there!
One service I've become quit the cheerleader for is Tri-Rail. This is a commuter train running from Just North of West Palm down to Miami airport(MIA). It also has a stop in South Ft. Lauderdale with a shuttle to the airport. In Miami you can almost throw a stone from the RR station and MIA, and frequent shuttles are available. Depending on the time of day Tri-Rail is actually faster! Of course you then have to deal with that last mile,lol. Each train has two armed guards, and is generally very peaceful.
In and around Miami there is Miami-Dade Transit. They have an extensive bus system. You can get to most anywhere, from anywhere. You will probably have to change, and you might want to be sure the area you have to make the chance in. e.g. I would not want to hang around a bus stop in Liberty City,loll. They also have this little railroad. Elevated, much like at Disney World on steroids. I THINK it goes between MIA to Downtown. Check for express type buses, i.e. Miami Beach to downtown if you want to shop or attend a sporting event. Let me remind everyone I am not as familiar with Dade County as I live 70 miles North in Palm Beach County. caveat emptor,lol.
Broward has a decent bus system, all things considered. Ft. Lauderdale Airport (which is actually a bit South of the city in Hollywood,lol) has a tri-rail stop, then some shuttles along with a regular Broward County Transit buses(Rt 1 I think).
Palm Beach County: Tri-rail stops a half dozen times in PB County. Boca, Delray, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, and West Palm. Each station is served by at least one bus route. HINT:if I had to go to Boca, rather then taking the #1,#2 or #3 from West Palm, take a bus to tri-rail(Now known as the "Intermodel" Transportation Center). A 35 minute ride on the comfortable train, then grab the appropriate bus in Boca. Will save you AT LEAST an hour, probably more. There are "mini" hubs also. Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, The VA in Rivera Beach, St. Marys Hospital, Wellington Green is about nine or ten miles West and it has four or five routes, mostly starting and ending there. Rt. 40 goes out to the Lake, however maybe .1% of tourists will have to go out there. If you do be SURE to start back by mid afternoon. NOT a good place to be at night(if you get my drift).
Having said all this, if you live in a country where you drive on the right(unlike the UK)rent a car WITH a GPS! Florida has some of the cheapest rates in the WORLD!! During the day you are probably safe even in the worst areas, but windows up, doors locked, space between you and the car in front when you stop so you can get away if threatened. And simply being aware of who and what is around you adds another level of security. I'm a great believer in Pepper Spray. When I was in uniform and we switched from CN to Pepper Spray we all had to be sprays. 99.% of bad guys will be in so much pain to be a threat. Probably can't take in home on a plane, but it's less then $10.00, and I think Wal-Mart sells it over the counter. If you get rear ended and it's anyone other then your Grand Mother do NOT get out of your car. Call 911 and advise the operator of where you are and what happened. Then wait for a patrol car. If you have a GPS and the police station is not far, drive to it. (advise the 911 operator). Keep as much as you can in the trunk. Ladies put your pocket book UNDER a seat without the straps hanging out. no matter what do NOT get out of your car at night. Call 911 and ask instructions. Perhaps park at a busy gas station or eating establishment and wait for Law Enforcement. And just because they SEEMED to drive off do NOT get out and check your damage. A cohort may well be hiding a few feet away and you could become a victim of the worst sexual encounter you can dream of.
I admit I may sound strong on the precautions, 30 years on the job does that to you I'm afraid. Also understand NO member of law enforcement is going to look
unkindly because he had to come out, nor have you left the scene of an accident. Even if you do not have a cell phone (and tourists you all can buy "throw away" phones at Wal-Mart for $20.00. Might be good to get more then one if you have teenagers,LOL. Just drive until you see a Sheriff's deputy and start blowing your horn and flashing your lights.
The Gold Coast(Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties)is a wonderful place to visit. Best to do it in a car, but not required. Each town has "touristy" stuff. WPB even has sightseeing "Duck" which might be fun for the family. Get to see how the other .1% live from the riverside,lol. If you have a car Lion Country Safari is a really nice "drive tour" you might enjoy
Check you hotel or these welcome centers for discount coupons, a family of four could easily save a few hundred bucks in a week!!! Trust your concierge if you have one, and work them to death,lol. They can be a big help as it's their job to know what's happening in town.
GETTING TO WEST PALM BEACH: you can fly into either WPB, Ft. Lauderdale, or Miami all for less than about a US$20 price difference. If you can, fly into the city where you are going to stay, because the traffic is murder down here...Especially in season (winter) which is about the only time you want to be here. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The south is notorious for it's LACK of clean, reliable public transportation. If you are not used to driving a lot (every day), then taxi's would be your next best bet, not too expensive, although things are very spread out here, much more so than in Europe--nothing is very close. There are county public buses, and you more than likely won't get mugged on them, but there are times you may wonder...!
Bicycle-Taxi's are by far the most fun, inter-active and personal way to get around .
The Bikes are found in all the major attractions like City Place,Clematis St. and along Flagler Dr. ..most everywere.
There are a couple of independent's with the old rusty equipment and a shirt to match; but most of the Bike -Taxi's are 4 TIRE 4 HIRE Bikes wich is West Palm's Oldest, Largest and only uniformed Bike Guides. The guides work for tips and for all people of all incomes so wave down a Bike-Taxi or call 561-718-5724 Get on sit back and really see and experiance the city with your guides legs getting tired.... Not yours. They are the "Yellow & Black" Bike Taxi's of West Palm and other small & large cities. Personel tours of West Palm and Palm Beach for shopping or fun. Oh and the Yellow and Black Scooter Taxi Thts 4tire and thats a ride not to miss.
I highly suggest you rent a car when you arrive in West Palm Beach...
Everything here is pretty spread out, and there is a lot to do in neighboring towns and whatnot.
A must-do with your rental car: You haven't really enjoyed Florida if you haven't driven along the Atlantic Ocean on A1A.... a convertible is great for this!
Also, if you hop on the turnpike from West Palm and head north you can be in Orlando in a couple hours (well, about 3) and likewise, if you hop on interstate 95 and head south you'll be in Miami in a little over an hour.
A car is pretty much essential unless you stay in Palm Beach or Delray Beach and plan to just walk down to the Ocean and to the restaurants/shops close by.
Yes, you can take taxis too, but they're not so common and pretty yucky if you ask me. Just a thought.
Florida in general lacks public transport in a major way. South Florida included. However, the TriRail which runs from West Palm Beach to Miami is decent enough. I've used it to get to and from the Miami airport with ease. Many stops have shuttle services to specific major destinations in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. And if a shuttle is not available it's not too hard to get a cab to your destination from a TriRail station.
There are six zones and the highest fare you'd pay from zone 1 to zone 6 round trip would be $9.25. Fares are generally cheaper. You can check them out on their Web site.
For people who think that it's easy to get around West Palm Beach without a car, you're wrong. The taxis take forever to show up and that's when they do show up. The best would be to rent a car but get info about that before you go because it can be very expensive when you're not well informed.