Cvent's Palm Beach meeting planning guide provides planners with a wealth of information about meeting space, facilities, attractions, and all of the Palm Beach meeting planning information planners need. With plenty of sunshine, culture and excitement at every turn, Palm Beach offers endless possibilities for meeting planners. An upscale resort town fringed by crashing waves and the sawgrass of the Everglades, Palm Beach beckons visitors with both a colorful landscape and the best in event space, accommodations and meeting facilities flexible enough to meet any Palm Beach event planning needs. With so much to offer, it's no wonder that Palm Beach attracts approximately four million visitors per year.
Palm Beach’s popularity begins with its accessibility. Conveniently placed near the Florida Turnpike and numerous highways, Palm Beach is located within close proximity to several majorFlorida destinations, just 50 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, 70 miles north of Miami and 150 miles south of Orlando. At the same time, air travelers will find Palm Beach International Airportfewer than four miles away. Serving over six million passengers per year, Palm Beach International has been voted 3rd best airport in the United States and 6th best in the world by Conde Nast Traveler magazine.
Once in the city, guests are met by a range of resorts, boutique hotels and historic bed and breakfasts to suit every lifestyle and budget, especially during the value season of mid-April to mid-December. World-class resorts such as The Breakers and The Four Seasons offer posh accommodations as well as versatile meeting facilities, making them all-in-one destinations for business travelers. Unique properties such as The Colony and The Chesterfield Palm Beach provide more intimate settings with Old World charm for weddings, birthdays and other celebrations.
For large-scale conventions and tradeshows, the crown jewel of Palm Beach's event facilities is the phenomenal Palm Beach County Convention Center. This sprawling $83 million facility opened in 2004 with 350,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, perfect for grandiose Palm Beach event planning. Located in West Palm Beach's trendy downtown district just across the street from CityPlace, this state-of-the-art center has been host to several high-profile speakers such as Jay Leno, Goldie Hawn and Mikhail Gorbachev in addition to a number of acclaimed consumer shows and leading convention industry events.
Palm Beach is home to several Fortune 500 corporations, private industry companies and numerous associations. The region continues to soar in prominence, with the establishment of new additions such as Donald Trump's phenomenal Trump Plaza and a newly revamped shopping district known as CityPlace. The region is also home to several colleges and universities including Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Northwood University and Nova Southeastern University.
Located on Florida's sunny Gold Coast, Palm Beach boasts a rich 100-year history as a leisure destination. Established as a resort town in the late 19th century by business magnate Henry Morrison Flagler, it quickly became the hotspot for American elite to escape the chillier winters of the North. Palm Beach remains a hotspot today, attracting notable residents such as Ivana Trump, Rod Stewart and Rush Limbaugh. Overall, Palm Beach is the 3rd most populous county in the state, home to over 1.3 million people within its 38 municipalities and unincorporated areas, which include West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Boynton Beach.
Occupying a staggering 2,578 square miles of lush landscapes and sun-drenched shores, Palm Beach certainly does not leave guests at a loss for things to do. Guests can start their visit with where it all began at Henry Flagler's opulent Gilded Age estate. Now, the Flagler Museum, this historic attraction has been hailed as "more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world." Visitors can continue to explore Palm Beach's past at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, where they can see everything from Jack Nicklaus memorabilia to a re-creation of the palmetto shacks built by the first pioneers.
Along with its historical attractions, Palm Beach features approximately 200 cultural venues. Visitors can enjoy the graceful beauty of Ballet Florida or a Broadway show at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, or enjoy more than 4,000 works of art at the Boca Museum of Arts. Meanwhile, the well-reputed Norton Museum of Art features an internationally recognized collection of 19th and 20th century European, American, Chinese and Contemporary art, photography and works on paper.
Perhaps one of the best ways for guests to immerse themselves in Palm Beach culture is by making a trip to one of its dazzling shopping districts. From the Clematis Street District with its eclectic array of shops to the high-end boutiques of Worth Avenue, there is no shortage of enticing stores to explore in Palm Beach. In fact, the region is home to five shopping malls, including Boynton Beach Mall and the famed 1.4 million-square-foot Gardens Mall, as well as European-style town centers such as CityPlace and Mizner Park. For a breath of fresh air, Downtown at the Gardens is an open-air shopping center comprised of more than 70 retailers and restaurants.
Heading outdoors is always a pleasure in Palm Beach. With 47 miles of pristine beaches, Palm Beach offers an impressive array of aquatic adventures, from sunbathing at Coral Cove Park to swimming in Dubois Park. Thrill seekers and animal lovers will enjoy a trip to the famed Lion Country Safari, while golf aficionados can enjoy Palm Beach's title as Florida's Golf Capital at championship courses such as the Cypress Creek Country Club, the Delray Beach Golf Club and the PGA National Resort & Spa – home of the annual Honda Classic.
Once the sun sets, Palm Beach continues to shine in its impressive culinary scene. From the tastes of Tuscany at the famed Testa's Palm Beach to the decadent French-American flavors of Cafe Boulud, Palm Beach is brimming with elegant eateries to tempt the taste buds of even the most discriminating foodies. Pulsating dance clubs, sleek lounges and cozy pubs keep the party going after hours as well. Pull up a stool at the chic Blue Martini bar to sample more than 20 different specialty martinis.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Palm Beach enjoys the only semi-tropical climate in the continental United States with an average annual temperature of 78°F. Summers are hot and humid with temperatures averaging between 86°F and 90°F. The coolest and driest months of the year are November to April, when temperatures average between 75°F and 82°F.
Palm Beach sees an average of 61 inches of precipitation each year, with the rainy season running from May to October. Thunderstorms are frequent during this time, though they pass quickly. Hurricane season also runs May to October, most activity typically occurring during August, September and October.
With cool ocean breezes and average temperatures a pleasant 78°F, Palm Beach is truly a year-round destination. However, the very best time to go is between November and April. With sunshine and little precipitation, Palm Beach offers a warm retreat from chillier climates.
Palm Beach County Convention Center
One of South Florida's premier convention venues, the Palm Beach County Convention Center is a stylish $84 million facility situated in the heart of Palm Beach. This Palm Beach meeting facility offers 350,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space, the center features a 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a lavish 25,000-square-foot ballroom and 23,000 square feet of breakout space, which is divisible into 23 individual rooms.
Easily accessible, the center is located in downtown West Palm Beach, just moments from the Florida Turnpike and the Palm Beach International Airport. Convenient to some of Palm Beach's best offerings, the center is also in close proximity to the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and Palm Beach's famous Worth Avenue. It is also just across from the many shopping, dining and entertainment options of the phenomenal CityPlace.
Unavailable at other Palm Beach meeting facilities are the amenities that are abound at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, including an award-winning culinary team capable of servicing up to 3,000 guests. It also boasts high-speed Internet access, LCD screen technology, 12 loading docks and 1,100 parking spaces, with more under construction.
Boca Raton Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
501 East Camino Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Total Meeting Space – 146,000 Sq. Ft.
The Breakers Palm Beach
One South County Road
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Total Meeting Space – 45,000 Sq. Ft.
Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)
Approximate taxi fare: $25 USD
Located just three miles from Palm Beach, Palm Beach International Airport provides convenient access to over six million travelers each year from destinations throughout the Western Hemisphere. The airport's 560,000-square-foot main terminal holds 28 gates for arrivals and departures with the potential for expansion of up to 24 extra gates. The airport was voted 3rd best airport in the United States and 6th best in the world by Conde Nast Traveler magazine.
Shopping and dining is plentiful within the airport, home to well-known eateries such as California Pizza Kitchen and Starbucks, as well as local favorites like Sam Snead's Tavern. Travelers can also find an abundance of last-minute gifts at Palm Beach International's many shops. Golf aficionados should be sure to plan a visit to the PGA Tour Shop. The airport also features 1,100 short-term and 2,300 long-term parking spaces on the ground level.
Airline carriers serving Palm Beach International Airport
Amtrak service to West Palm Beach allows for easy transit to the county from points along the East Coast. Visitors traveling to Palm Beach by train can take the Silver Service/Palmetto line, originating daily in New York City and Miami. The route includes stops in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Raleigh and Savannah.
Palm Beach's public bus network, known as Palm Tran, provides easy and quick access to all parts of the county. Palm Tran's 35 bus routes reach 3,319 stops and stretch to all corners of the county, including the Tri-Rail Commuter train, with service to Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. Over 10 million riders per year take advantage of the system's convenience and simplicity.
Palm Tran fare is $1.50 per trip, with reduced rates of $0.75 for seniors and students. Single-day passes are available for $3.55, or $2.25 for seniors and students.
Transportation to and from Palm Beach International Airport is available through Yellow Express Shuttle. The shared van service provides door-to-door service, and no reservation is required for arriving passengers. Fares for shuttle service are approximately $24 to the outlying areas of the county.
Palm Beach International Airport features eight on-site car rental companies. Check-in counters for Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty can be found in the baggage claim area.
Taxi fare from Palm Beach International Airport to downtown West Palm Beach averages $25. Taxi service is plentiful outside the terminal building on level one.
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