advertisement

In 2008, Clematis Street, West Palm Beach's hub of nightlife, also known as the Clematis District, celebrated an immense resurgence, with a slew of new dining destinations, retailers, and nightspots that dot the street from Flagler Drive to Rosemary Avenue, creating a hot spot for a night out, especially on weekends, when yuppies mingle with stylish Euros and disheveled artists.

Over the bridge, it's a completely different world. Palm Beach is much quieter and better known for its rather private society balls and estate parties. With the exception of some restaurants that are more of a scene (such as Amici or Ta-boo), Palm Beach nightlife is more likely to entail sipping port at one of the finer hotels such as The Breakers, Colony, Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons, or Chesterfield.

The Performing Arts

With a number of dedicated patrons and enthusiastic supporters of the arts, this area happily boasts many good venues for those craving culture. Check the Palm Beach Post or the Palm Beach Daily News for up-to-date listings and reviews.

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach (tel. 561/832-7469; www.kravis.org), is the area's largest and most active performance space. With a huge curved-glass facade and more than 2,500 seats in two lushly decorated indoor spaces, plus a new outdoor amphitheater, the Kravis stages more than 300 performances each year. Phone or check the website for a current schedule of Palm Beach's best music, dance, and theater.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.