The City of West Palm Beach's downtown is located directly on Florida's beautiful intracoastal waterway. On the other side (east) of the intracoastal waterway is a very narrow island, and then the Atlantic Ocean. You might have heard of that narrow island, it's called Palm Beach. Palm Beach is one of the wealthiest areas in the world and may contain more valuable real estate packed into a small space than any other place in the world. But this website is not going to cover Palm Beach, except to the extent that it is relevant to residents of, and visitors to, West Palm Beach.
Most importantly, the Town of Palm Beach (and its beach on the Atlantic Ocean) are both within easy walking distance of downtown West Palm Beach. You simply need to walk (or bike or drive) over one of two bridges that connect the City of West Palm Beach with the Town of Palm Beach (one bridge is a few blocks north of Clematis Street and the other is a few blocks south of Clematis Street on Okeechobee Blvd.).
Once you get over there, you can walk, jog, or bike along the beautiful Lake Trail, which follows the intracoastal waterway north for about five miles on the Palm Beach side. Or, you can proceed along Okeechobee Blvd. across a few city blocks right up to the ocean (turn right and you're at the public beach). Although Palm Beach is a very exclusive place, it has numerous public places where anyone can freely roam, including its surprisingly tranquil beach. See below for a picture of the public beach on Palm Beach taken on the morning of Christmas Eve 2009 at about 9:30 AM. Did I mention that it was 70 degrees Fahrenheit?
Residents of downtown West Palm Beach live within a very short walk of this superb beach.