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Aerial view of Palm Beach, Florida. (Jupiterimages)

What to do in West Palm Beach

Palm Beach really is a tale of two cities. On the barrier island side of the bridge is Palm Beach proper—home (or, more likely, second-home) to the rich and famous, from Donald Trump to golfer Greg Norman and singer Gloria Estefan. Oceanfront mansions and white-balconied condo high-rises jostle for space along Ocean Avenue, where families crowd into public beach spaces. In West Palm Beach, on the other side of Lake Worth, the hotels may be cheaper and the crowd is less likely to be dressed in Lilly Pulitzer. Visitors to West Palm Beach don’t come to ogle celebrities, they come to swim, scuba dive, kayak, and fish in the crystal waters. There’s also a vibrant performing arts district. The good news for golfers is that Palm Beach County has the most courses in the country, including several that treat duffers to ocean views.