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Introducing West Palm Beach

When Henry Flagler decided to develop what is now West Palm Beach, he knew precisely what it would become: a working-class community for the labor force that would support his glittering resort town across the causeway. And so the fraternal twins were born – Palm Beach, considered the fairer of the two, and West Palm Beach, working hard, playing harder and simply being cooler.

West Palm is a groovy place to explore, despite the seemingly never-ending condo construction going on downtown and along the waterfront. It's a community with a surprisingly diverse collection of restaurants, friendly inhabitants (including a strong gay community) and a gorgeous waterway that always seems to reflect the perfect amount of starlight. If you ask most people where to go, they'll send you to CityPlace – the massive alfresco mall that's practically taken over town – so be sure to ask where else you should go. CityPlace is cool, but this city has much more to offer.