Home to two dynamic entertainment and retail districts, West Palm Beach, with its palm-lined avenues, waterfront panoramas, museums and vibrant cultural scene, provides groups with the quintessential south Florida experience. Meeting venues in West Palm Beach mix resort glamour with business meetings proficiency.
Easy access is a key attraction to West Palm Beach, which is situated only 5 miles from Palm Beach International Airport. "West Palm," as locals call it, is only a few minutes’ drive from the island of Palm Beach, 25 miles from Boca Raton and 40 miles from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
West Palm Beach features 3,000 guest rooms in just a three-mile radius of the Downtown area. Prominent hotel venues in West Palm Beach include the 352-room West Palm Beach Marriott, with 18,000 square feet of meeting space; the 165-room Hyatt Place West Palm Beach/Downtown; the 175-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Palm Beach Airport, with 1,121 square feet of meeting space; the 194–room Embassy Suites West Palm Beach, with 18,000 square feet of versatile event space; and the 100–room Hilton Garden Inn West Palm Beach Airport, with more than 5,000 square feet of meeting space.
For trade shows, conventions, large meetings and social events, the 350,000-square-foot Palm Beach County Convention Center, in downtown West Palm Beach near shopping, dining and entertainment, offers a 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a 22,000-square-foot ballroom and 21,000 square feet of breakout space divisible into 19 rooms. Show capabilities include 9 loading docks, ramp and service road.
Off-site venues in West Palm Beach are diverse and unique; two enticing “one of a kind” options emblematic of the eclectic offerings are the National Croquet Center, which has 12 full-size croquet lawns and a 19,000-square-foot clubhouse with a 3,300-square-foot meeting room; and Ragtops Motorcars, a former Cadillac and LaSalle dealership with a three-story, 16,000-square-foot facility for dining, dinner and dancing events.
When the laptops and smart phones have been put away for the day and attendees want to let loose, they will discover why West Palm Beach, defined by international dining, shopping and entertainment and anchored by two distinctive districts—CityPlace and Clematis Street—is emerging as one of Florida's most exciting cities.
The historic Clematis District is the backbone of the city. It offers a creative, funky, eclectic mix of restaurants and shops. Dining is an international experience where patrons may sample flavors from around the world, while stores are a mix of national brands and homegrown favorites.
CityPlace, an Italian-inspired, mixed-use project, is home to more than 80 shops, 20 restaurants, a 20-screen Muvico cinema and a 1920s church adapted to serve as a multi-purpose cultural center. Visitors can travel between both districts via a free trolley service that's become one of Downtown's most popular attractions.
Other favored group activities include shopping on Palm Beach's famous Worth Avenue and touring the historic Flagler Museum; visiting educational and cultural venues such as the Norton Museum of Art, South Florida Science Center and Aquarium and Boca Raton Museum of Art; and playing golf at courses including West Palm Beach Golf Course, Okeeheelee Golf Course and The President Country Club.