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“Very hip, great people watching” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Clematis Street

Clematis Street
Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
+1 561-404-9787
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Nightlife
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Owner description: The History of Clematis Street & West Palm Beach Henry Flagler A history of the Clematis Street District or of West Palm Beach cannot be told without mentioning the name of Henry Flagler. Anyone who has been in Florida for even a short amount of time will recognize the name. It's all over Florida roads, bridges and beaches as well as countless other monuments and museums. Flagler's Dream: Palm Beach Henry Flagler co-founded Standard Oil Company with John D. Rockefeller and also built the Florida railroad from Jacksonville to Key West. He came to the West Palm Beach area in 1893. After being impressed with the natural beauty of the area, he sought to create the most famous resort in the world, Palm Beach. The resort would be conveniently accessible by his own railroad. He built two major hotels, The Breakers and the Royal Poinciana Hotel (later destroyed by a hurricane). He also built what is now West Palm Beach directly across Lake Worth for the service people who worked on the island and as a commercial district. Clematis Street Not only is it one of the trendiest places to be today, it also boasts a long and important history. Clematis Street began as the main thoroughfare of West Palm Beach in the early 20th century. It connected the train station on the west with the ferry to Palm Beach Island on the east. Early 20th Century: Storefronts logically multiplied and lined each way, as Clematis became the "Main Street" of West Palm Beach. The commuters of the day would traverse Clematis Street and frequent these shops before and after work, much like we do today. It's many older buildings display a fascinating journey through South Florida history. Automobiles Change Everything Eventually automobiles, bridges and highways replaced the train, ferry and buggies as the main means of transportation. While once the train station was the link to the outside world, visitors could now arrive via various routes. Okeechobee Boulevard would eventually become the main connection from route 95 over to Palm Beach and Clematis Street would lose its steady flow of passers-by. As the area progressed, suburban sprawl contributed to the growth of metropolitan West Palm Beach, yet the downtown business area remained. The Downtown Development Authority In 1967 the Downtown Development Authority was created to impact Downtown's economic conditions, formulate long-range plans for improving the appeal and accessibility of Downtown facilities, promoting their use, providing remedy to any deterioration of Downtown property values, and most importantly, retaining and attracting businesses to Clematis Street. In short, the DDA works to retain and attract business and to protect the investments of its constituents. Largely due to the Downtown Development Authority Clematis Street is still considered the Main Street of West Palm Beach.
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“Very hip, great people watching”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Take the free trolley from City Place and walk around. THere are restaurants for all taste and all offer outdoor seating. Great people watching! At the end of the street there is a grassy area usually hosting concert. A quick walk down to the water is nice

Visited January 2013
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“small town mainstreet with hobo appeal ... yukkk”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

really a deception. i liked the library, that was all. two jewelry stores, 6 restaurants and a starbucks.more bums and hobos than normal people, agressive people, some cheap pizza and happy hour heineken. that is even worse than city place.
not one normal store or bakery.nothing.no supermarket, no theatre.that is a big fat joke.
after having seen this street i went running back to miami beach !
a no go, or at least only once. just a waste of time.
was just waiting for cletus and brandine...yes ...the simpson hicks :)

Visited December 2012
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“Downtown West Palm Beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

The most beautiful area to visit, the Christmas decorations are up, the water and docks are stunning. The sand sculptures & so many restaurants to choose from. Make sure to ride the FREE trolley that goes in a continuous loop to Cityplace and back.

Visited December 2012
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“Clematis By Night”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

Clemaits St. is West Palm Beach's downtown. It is full of mostly local restaurants, bars and shops. Thursday night is Clematis by Night. Enjoy a craft beer on the veranda of World of Beer while you listen to live music in the park across the street, people watch, and enjoy take-out delivered from one of the local eateries to your table.

Visited November 2012
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“Great Restaurants and Shop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Clematis Street has many wonderful restaurants and shops. It's a must for peoplel visitng West Palm Beach.

Visited December 2012
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