The West Palm Beach / Palm Beach areas are located on the east coast of Florida, about an hour north of Miami and three hours southeast from Orlando. West Palm Beach is actually quite closer to an inlet whereas their actual beach is Palm Beach, its next door neighbor. Don’t worry though, if you book a hotel in West Palm Beach, the actual beach, Palm Beach, is about 5-10 minutes away. West Palm Beach is the perfect mix of relaxation with beautiful, clean, and white sand and a fantastic selection of bars for anything you’ll want or need.
When traveling over to the beach, let me get you some tips about the parking situation. Palm Beach is one of the more progressive beaches when it comes to parking as it doesn’t have the traditional lots normally seen at most beaches like Clearwater Beach, Cocoa Beach, or St. Pete Beach. There’s a specific reason why it’s different. Most of the houses that occupy Palm Beach are very expensive and they stretch all the way out to the beach line itself, making for a very clean environment. Back to the parking. Parking itself is rather limited as you’ll have to park on the side of the street, but they do accept credit cards instead of cash. This makes it just a bit more convenient and the meters have pretty standard pricing with about $1.50-$2.00 per hour. I can offer a trick to help you out with this.
I know I usually get to hotels later in the article, but this portion is definitely needed. The last few times I have visited West Palm Beach, we stayed at the Hyatt Place in downtown West Palm, which has a great perk when it comes to driving around. They actually have a shuttle bus that will drop you off at the beach and pick you up…for FREE. It is such a fantastic convenience that we found. Are you bringing chairs, coolers, water games for the kids? Don’t worry. They have enough transportation space in order to accommodate all your stuff too. Just ask the front desk to arrange the shuttle service to the beach and that’s it. It’s quite amazing to not even worry about driving, parking, or getting back to the hotel. Going to happy hour or the strip on Clematis Street later, no problem. They will drop you off there as well at no charge. Take my advice and stay at the Hyatt Place in downtown West Palm Beach. It's fantastic.
Restrooms shouldn’t be a problem while at the beach, there’s a few public areas available that are usually pretty clean. Getting to the beach and finding a parking spot (assuming you don’t use a shuttle) should be much more of a concern. Let’s go through a few of the bars on Clematis street for night life, then we’ll get more into the hotels to stay at while there.
One of the great aspects about being in any downtown scene is a great variety of bars and pubs. West Palm Beach definitely has that.
· Roxy’s Pub – This is one of those classic Irish bars that molded itself into a sports bar with a rooftop bar to compliment everything that overlooks the rest of downtown. What? That’s right. Roxy’s has a little bit of something for everyone, including food. It has a fantastic atmosphere that incorporates live music at times, a great, bar, a great bar staff, and a rooftop to dance the night away as well. That have a good selection of traditional bar food with killer chicken wings (great for Saturday and Sunday football). See the rest of the menu here…
· Rocco’s Tacos – Another great spot on Clematis Street that doubles up as a bar, pub, and semi-club at night. On the weekends the bar will definitely be 2 and 3 deep to get to the bar just to grab a drink. If you are going for dinner, be prepared for a wait, but don’t worry, it’s worth it. Despite having over 140 different tequilas available to buy, Rocco’s has a fantastic food menu to match it as well (See the full menu here). If you’ve never been, you absolutely cannot go wrong with a variety of their tacos. They have them all – chicken, steak, pork, spicy beef, veggie, sausage, fish, and shrimp tacos to choose from. There are so many good choices, you really cannot go wrong, but whatever you do, don’t forget to try the fresh salsa and guacamole with their fresh chips. If you love fresh guac, you are in for a treat, as they prepare it right at your table to watch and modify if needed.
· Grease Burger Bar – Last, but not least of my favorite spots on Clematis Street is none other than Grease Burger Bar. This is the third spot that also doubles as a great pub and eatery into one to enjoy a Friday evening with great food, drinks (120 beers), and friends. The menu has all sorts of great creations, but let’s be honest the burger has to stand up if it’s named a burger bar. There are two that are my absolute go-to burgers. The first is the Brinkman Burger. It’s got deep fried bacon (yes fried), grilled onions, Pepper Jack Cheese, jalapenos, and Sriracha Mayo (OMG, my mouth is watering just thinking about it). The other is the Apple-Jack Burger consisting of grilled apple, Applewood Bacon, Vermont White Cheddar, and some Jack Daniel’s BBQ Sauce. The grilled apple really does set it off. For the full menu, see if here. While you are there, don’t forget to try one of the 120 beers to choose from on your selection.
· O’Sheas Irish Pub – This spot is a great spot for happy hour, trust me. On Friday’s, they have a nice spread of free food and hors d’oeuvres to munch on with great specials on drinks. We have been there a few times to partake in the action and the happy hour food is decent, drinks specials are great ($3.25 pints). They have great live music, some cornhole out back, and their food, well….I usually go there for a good time, less dinner. I have never been let down with some fun. All of their calendar of events can be found here. Try it out!
Since West Palm and Palm Beach have so much great information to share, this is going to have to extend into a Part II