Life moves at a slightly slower pace in West Palm Beach, and that’s more than perfectly fine with the urbane families who live here. Lively public festivals, big-name concerts at the nearby amphitheatre and a star-powered annual boat show keep things exciting without breaking the bank.
West Palm Beach received a high rating in economics, pointing to a strong job market with low unemployment rates.
Local Obsession: Golf. (No seriously. The city has more courses than any county in Florida.)
Climate Described in 6 Words Or Less: Hot, tropical and sunny
Top Industries and Employers: Healthcare, hospitality and marine sciences
Local Dream Job: Golf course management at any of the more than 20 golf courses in West Palm Beach
Quintessential Meal: Oysters on ice and pecan-crusted grouper overlooking the Atlantic at Seafood Bar.
Favorite Weekend Activity: Brunch at a scene-y hot spot before heading to the pool or beach
Best Brewery/Local Beer: Due South Brewing makes a sinfully delicious english ale called the Caramel Cream Ale.
Beloved Bookstore: The Palm Beach Bookstore is a delightful spot primarily focused interior design, architecture and coffee table books.
Free Way to Have Fun: Commune with migrating sea cows at Manatee Lagoon, where you can also tour the facility, listen to a lecture or take a yoga class near these gentle ocean mammals.
Truly Hidden Gem: The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, which features two acres of tropical vegetation, nine monolithic sculptures by the eponymous artists and over 100 works of art.
- Jackie Gutierrez-Jones