West Palm Beach Port resides in the populated southeast region of Florida. West Palm Beach began its existence as a major port of call city when real estate became a hot commodity.
West Palm Beach was a thriving cultural community even when Miami began its ascent as a major city in Florida. At certain times, West Palm began to rival the status of the capital city of Miami in terms of economic growth and progress.
The port also is also situated in a strategic location near the Caribbean. West Palm Beach cruise port blooms into a teeming port of call during summer. Cruise ships traveling the region dock at the port and passengers disembark at the West Palm Beach cruise terminal.
Considered as one of the most popular summer destinations in the United States, West Palm has several shopping areas for you to choose. Local souvenirs items consist of ethnic designed wooden sculptures and religious ornaments. Antiques of Spanish origin also are popular gift items in stores. To find some of these stores, you must visit Clematis St. of the city where stores and antique shops abound. For some handicrafts and arts the Legacy Fine Art Gallery has on display various arts and paintings of local artists. The store, found in 330 Clematis St, offers these items at affordable prices.
The Afrocenter Art Gallery on 107 North Olive Avenue on the other hand offers furniture of authentic Spanish designs. For more shopping destinations, the Palm Beach Mall offers the largest shops and boutiques that sell fashion clothes and accessories. JC Penny and Sears have their own outlets in this mall.
Things to See
Arts and culture are sources of pride for locals; it is an important aspect of West Palm Beach that makes it a major tourist destination. The Norton Museum of Art for example, located in the south downtown of West Palm, is the largest museum in the state. On display are permanent collections of authentic nineteenth and twentieth century art and photography. Paintings and sculptures of Picasso, Brancusi, Mantisse, Monet and Manship are on display here.
The Cuillo Center for the Arts also offers some of the finest displays of arts and crafts in the region. The paintings of American artists like Pollock and Hassam are on display here are priceless and rare.
There are numerous festivals held throughout the year; these include the National Horse Show (America’s oldest), film festival, boat show, Sunfest (music and art) and an international film festival.
Restaurants and Bars
A vacation in the West Palm Beach area would not be complete without spending some great night out and partying. The 10@2 Saloon and Piano bar offers a classy and sophisticated bar with great martini drinks and blue margaritas. For some good American meals of steaks and grilled burgers, the Dr. Feelgood’s Rock Bar and Grill offers some of the best fillet mignon steak with Mexican gravy or mushroom sauces.