Fly To West Palm Beach, Florida
West Palm Beach in the South of Florida represents the ideal overseas getaway if you’re looking for a vacation with sunny skies, adventure and entertainment. It’s a mid-sized city with about 100 000 inhabitants, and its sub-tropical climate means the weather is nearly perfect throughout the year.
Golfers will delight at one of the regions pristine courses while sun worshippers will be in heaven as hours spent tanning on the beaches are the order of the day. And when you’ve had enough of the green or the sand then head to Lion Country Safari where you can see chimps and other endangered species wander free in their natural environment. Peanut Island offers plenty of picnic spots, a museum as well as walking and biking paths. The island houses a purpose built bunker that was for the use of President John F. Kennedy during the Cold War and the ferry ride takes you passed the homes of some of West Palm Beach’s most wealthy residents.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to West Palm Beach do require a prearranged United States Visa to enter the U.S.A. You’ll also need to ensure that your SA passport is valid for at least 6 months from your return date and that there are at least 2 blank pages for stamps.
- The South African Embassy in the United States is located in Washington at 32400 International Drive, NW, District of Columbia, Washington D.C. Phone: +1 202 232 4400.
See and do
Palm Beach County is home to more than 40 miles of stunning, warm water beaches and there are two excellent snorkelling spots: John D. MacArthur Beach State Park to the north of Stinger Island and Breaker’s reef on Palm Beach. You’ll also not want to miss out on Florida’s unique beach activity: watching space shuttles launch over the ocean. If you’re lucky, you’ll see the shuttles launching from Cape Kennedy.
The Flagler Museum is the restored home of Henry Flagler who co-founded Standard Oil and built Florida as a popular tourist destination. You can have high tea after the tour of his home.
Taxis around West Palm Beach are fairly costly but they are readily available. Alternatively there is the Palm Tran which runs every day except holidays and Molley’s Trolley which is a free trolley that services the Downtown area. The trolley operates Sunday-Wednesday, 11am-9pm and Thursday to Saturday from 11am – 11pm. Additionally there is a commuter train that runs north and south and connects West Palm Beach to areas such as Fort Lauderdale and Miami as well as three major airports.
West Palm Beach Airport – PBI
Food and beverage: Sam Snead’s Tavern and Rooney’s Public House.
Duty Free Shopping: The United States doesn’t permit Duty Free on arrival but you can purchase items on your departure from the airport. There are both duty free and tax free outlets that offer great discounts and gift ideas for those back home.
Currency Exchange: There are a variety of services located on Level Two, the Concessions Mall and Main Terminal area including foreign exchange services and postage stamp machines. ATMs are located at baggage claim; the Travel Service Center and Ticketing on Level One.
Lost Luggage: The Lost & Found office is in the central part of the Main Terminal.
Car Hire: Car rental services are located on Level One in the Baggage Claim of the Airport Terminal. Car rental companies include Advantage, Alamo-Rent-A-Car, Avis Rent-A-Car, Budget Rent-A-Car, Dollar Rent-A-Car, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.
Airport Hub: West Palm Beach Airport (code PBI) is a hub for Silver Airways.