By RUTH ROVNER
Special to the Times
West Palm Beach is a city of unsurpassed beauty, from its sub-tropical waterfront location to its vibrant downtown for shopping and exciting dining experiences.
It’s located across the Intracoastal Waterway from posh Palm Beach, so it’s no wonder West Palm Beach sometimes seems like it’s in the shadow of its high-profile neighbor.
But West Palm Beach, so named because it is indeed west of Palm Beach island, is not simply a subordinate version of its counterpart. Instead, it has the vitality of a city that has undergone a renaissance and offers varied attractions to visitors.
For example, CityPlace is a 55-acre multi-level shopping and entertainment complex which features a large plaza, fountains, and walkways lined with tall palm trees. The $55 million complex, which was part of a massive urban renewal project, includes a cultural arts center, 78 regional and national stores, 10 restaurants, and a fountain display at its center.