West Palm Beach is a beautiful seaside resort city located along the Atlantic Coast in Florida. Vacation rentals range from sprawling beachfront mansions that are ideal for weddings and other large events to cozy downtown furnished cottages perfect for two. At the beach, you can sign up for snorkeling, charter fishing, scuba diving, or flyboarding, or simply enjoy the sun and get a tan. If you prefer to beat the heat, travel inland and experience some of the finest galleries, concerts at the Convention Center, or locate bargains at the Palm Beach outlet mall.

1. Lake Worth

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Named for the body of water along the eastern border, Lake Worth is a historical city that lies on Palm Beach Island. There are plenty of old landmark buildings to provide a backdrop for pictures, including the old City Hall. The fishing pier provides a quiet place to fish and hang out with friends, and there are specialty shops, antique stores, and restaurants to explore and wander through. Every February, the Street Painting Festival turns downtown into an open-air art museum, or you can head to the Bamboo Room to listen to live music from all types of genres.

2. Boynton Beach

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Explore underwater along the coral and artificial reefs of Boynton Beach. Located south of Palm Beach, this seaside tourist spot has a variety of beautiful vacation rentals directly on the sand. Visit the Boynton Harbor Marina where you can rent a charter and go fishing on the open waters, or have a bite to eat at the restaurant. Take the kids and visit the School House Children’s Museum, or travel to the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge where you can collect seashells, bird watch, or stop in the gift shop for souvenirs.

3. Delray Beach

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You’ll find no shortage of things to do at Delray Beach. If museums and galleries are your things, spend the day browsing the Avalon Gallery or the Addison Gallery in downtown. Children enjoy the Delray Children’s Garden or make reservations for a Delray Yacht Cruise. Make it easier to get around the beach with a golf cart rental, or opt for a bike or Segway for increased activity. There’s kayaking, canoeing, swimming, paddleboarding, sailboating, or simply grab your bathing suit and a towel and head to the water for a swim.

4. Riviera Beach

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Escape reality and spend your time relaxing at Riviera Beach. The Peanut Island Park is a well-hidden little park with calm waters for swimming and boating and a pier for fishing. Fulfill your dreams of life as a pirate by hopping on board a pirate ship and set sail over the Atlantic. Go snorkeling at the Ocean Reef Park, or hop on the Peanut Island Water Taxi and head to Peanut Island for a day of exploring off the mainland.

5. Downtown West Palm Beach

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If you like being where all of the action is, downtown West Palm Beach is definitely the place to be. Let the kids beat the heat at the Centennial Square fountain where they can play in the water. Rent a boat and go water skiing or exploring, or drive along the main thoroughfare and see the spectacular mansions that line the streets. At night, adults enjoy a pub crawl, or there are several bars and entertainment hotspots for relaxing.

6. Pineapple Park

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Spend your vacation on the golf course when you reserve a vacation rental near Pineapple Park. This glamorous residential neighborhood near the Ibis golf course is sure to impress. Regal furnished homes with swimming pools and plenty of amenities await even the most discerning of guests. Here you can rent a bike and explore Cholee Park, or head to the Palm Beach Maritime Museum to learn about the history of the region. For the adventurer, sign up for a Hypnautical Dive Tour, or rent a helicopter and see the region from a different vantage point.

7. Palm Beach

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Palm Beach is one of the more affluent areas near West Palm Beach. Take a tour of the Whitehall Estates or the Flagler Museum to get a glimpse at the grand architecture. This 75-room mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic places. Take a stroll along Worth Avenue for shopping or a bite to eat, or go to the Phipps Ocean Park where you can have a picnic on the grass or lounge on the beach and get some sun. There’s also room to ride your bike, or sit on one of the park benches and people watch or read. Play tennis, sign up for a round of golf, or simply relax and enjoy the tropical atmosphere of this bustling beach town.

8. Palm Beach Gardens

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Palm Beach Gardens is a city just to the west of Riviera Beach. It is home to the Gardens Mall which features plenty of anchor stores, restaurants, and indoor fountains. Head to the Palm Beach Gardens Green Market to purchase local fruits and vegetables to take back to your vacation rental, you can also take the kids to the downtown carousel for a quick ride. You’ll find an indoor playground and café, the Frenchman’s Forest Natural area for hiking and biking, or see what is playing at the Eissey Campus Theater.

9. Jupiter

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If you prefer a quieter atmosphere, Jupiter lies on the northernmost edge of Palm Beach. The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is a must-see stop in this seaside town. Take a visit to the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary to see some of the animals native to the area, or go hiking in Riverbend Park. If you like baseball, take in a Cardinals spring training game at the Roger Dean Stadium.

10. Wellington

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Take time off from your busy schedule and enjoy the tiny village of Wellington. Schedule a round of golf at the Wellington Green and take pictures of the ducks that stop by. You can take a Segway tour, visit the Panther Ridge Conservation Center, or spend the afternoon watching a polo match at the International Polo Club.

11. Juno Beach

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Melt away your troubles when you locate a vacation rental in Juno Beach. This quiet stretch of sand along the Atlantic is ideal for sunbathing, water sports, shell collecting, or a nice long walk. Rent an electric bike and drive along the boardwalk, or visit the Juno Dunes Natural Area where you can hike or view animals in their natural habitat. The Juno Beach Pier is the perfect place for fishing, or visit the Loggerhead Marinelife Center and see some of the largest sea turtles.

12. Greenacres

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Greenacres is a small city to the west of Lake Worth. Take a stroll along the water’s edge, and then stop in at the Hoffman’s Chocolate Factory for an ice cream cone. Travel inland to the Okeeheelee Park for rollerblading or walking along the trails, or you can rent a kayak and put in at one of the two lakes. There are boating and skiing, and even a designated area for your pet. Children can enjoy the playground, or bring a picnic for an afternoon of solitude.