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Living in West Palm Beach, Florida:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit West Palm Beach, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked eight people living in West Palm Beach what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:


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West Palm Beach is right on the ocean. It is the closest city to the gulf stream, which keeps the temperatures moderate. It stays breezy most of the year. It doesn’t usually get above 95 degrees in the summer. West Palm Beach is located on the Atlantic Ocean side of Florida.

West Palm Beach is a flourishing city, located approximately 30 miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It has easy access to beautiful beaches, shopping, restaurants, and transportation. The population is just above 120,000 residents, as of the end of last year and growing. It is pretty quiet and the people can be very friendly.

Rachel, says: 2020

there is a threat of hurricanes from June through November. Since I moved here two years ago, there has only been one significant storm threat. That hurricane came within ten miles of shore, but did no inland damage. The weather in general is beautiful and calm.

Upon moving to the city of West Palm Beach, in the south east of the Florida peninsula, one should consider the motives for the move. Retirees, or ‘Snowbirds’ as they are known locally, have the advantage of being able to take shelter from the unbearable humidity and heat in summer and drive or fly back up north until the cooler, more comfortable months arrive. on the other hand, a person accepting a job offer and relocating, may not have the option of escaping during times of inclement weather.

Elizabeth, says: 2020

Our city is known for palm trees, and beaches. There are elementary, middle, and high schools all over the place, and driving a car is very important. There is public transportation, but mostly everyone drives a car. one of the most important thing is that Publix will become your favorite place.

West Palm Beach is a remarkable, very laid back, and pristine city with a developing infrastructure, wonderful architecture, and rich history. A tropical paradise, as they call it. It was the first city to be incorporated in Florida. West Palm Beach is on the east coast of the USA.

Angela, says: 2020

West Palm Beach is a very diverse city. There are sections of the city (especially on Palm Beach Island) that are ridiculously luxurious, and there are sections fully inhabited by trailer parks. Some areas are extremely well-guarded and well-kept, while others look like they haven’t been inhabited for years. Your experience in the city will depend completely on where you live and work. That being said, because it’s so diverse, you can find anything anywhere. It’s also very closely packed together. A Chick-Fil-A is right across the street from a library, and a high school is right next to a nationally-renowned performing arts center. I know it sounds cheesy, but there are opportunities for everyone here.

A car is a necessity in West Palm Beach for it is very spaced out, driving 30 minutes to reach one’s destination is a norm. The weather is a sticky, wet heat that one simply cannot prepare for, so bring light clothing. And last to note is the beaches! They are just as beautiful as the photos!

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