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Clematis Street

Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
+1 561-404-9787
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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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Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
+1 561-404-9787
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a nice place to stroll along the street. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, snack food stores and shops. On weekend there are fairs and activities by the waterfront at the end of the street. Free garage parking at some of them during...More

Thank Gary G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Clematis is a constantly shifting landscape, but it always has something to feed or impress you with. If you dont find it this time, come back again soon and there will be something new to try.

Thank Jay K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow, just wow! I dont always eat mexican, but if I ever do again, AND Im in Palm Beach, Im going to Roccos. You have to get the fresh guacomole... HAVE TO! But its all great. Adrain was a huge help. We asked for suggestion,...More

Thank SgtPyro
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Clematis Street, being the main downtown fun spot in West Palm Beach, is where everyone should start out as they have a very good number of restaurants and bars with more nearby on adjoining streets ... Additionally, there are other stores and businesses which are...More

Thank colonel77
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Some nice restaurants and shops. On Thursday night free music concert and food venues. Bring a blanket or a chair, sit by the water and watch the music on stage. Bring your pet on a leash.

Thank Yaaqov1921
Reviewed 31 August 2017

If you want a nice peaceful walk this is your place. It was nice to see the few birds and boats in the waters. The trail was not crowded. Walked for about an hour and enjoyed the natural surroundings.

Thank MY M
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Clematis Street is located in Downtown West Palm Beach. Clematis Street contains many fine dining establishments, numerous bars. A great place to visit. Jolly Chris,

Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Any time of year, is a good time to visit downtown WPB.They are always adding or improving the area;Clematis caters to families from playing in the water jets to 3 girls pizza and ice cream(ask to go in the bathroom). To a Parisian inspired restaurant...More

Thank Bebe5151958
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Great selection of restaurants, with a wide variety of food. It caters to everyone. There are also many bars and entertainment

Thank Rob F
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

It is an interesting venue to browse. Then make your choise. There are many restaurants with a large variety of shops and restaurants

Thank Safta89
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Response from donalejo48 | Reviewed this property |
Yes the usual rate.
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Clematis Street West Palm Beach.
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7 March 2017|
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Response from baldeagle8502 | Reviewed this property |
Yes u hear music at outside seating. Clematis usually pretty busy and interesting. Weather in 70's this time of year.