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Peanut Island Park, Riviera Beach

(4.3/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web)
A sandy beach, palm trees, and a man-made reef just off shore make Peanut Island Park a worthy attraction--but it's the 1960s bomb shelter supposedly built for President John F. Kennedy that remains the island's real draw for out-of-towners. Check out the bunker before choosing some of the other numerous activities available here. Take to the 2 km (1.25 mi) walking path that rings the island, and detour out on the reef boardwalk, which extends 85 m (280 ft) over the water and provides a chance to see manatees. If you have your snorkeling gear, swim around the artificial reef in the lagoon to spot angelfish, damselfish, parrotfish, and crabs. At the maritime hammock on the island's west side, watch for osprey, brown pelicans, and white ibis. The island has numerous first-come, first-served picnic facilities--some with grills--so bring your lunch if you want. Put Peanut Island Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Riviera Beach vacation route planner.
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  • A nice clean place to enjoy the day. No food so package your snacks or lunch. There is water. We did not stay all night, but it look like it would be fun. Nice restrooms. 
  • We love to go there to stay for a beach day. We can walk around the island. Kids can play in the "lagoon" trying to catch small fishes. 
  • We had wanted to tour the bunker last time we were here but tours are only Thurs - Sun. So this year we went specifically to tour the bunker. Very interesting!!! Though we wished we had brought snorke...  more »
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  • This unique city park rests upon a man-made island originally created for a processing plant. It was later used as a Coast Guard station and even a secret fallout shelter for John F. Kennedy when he visited the family vacation home during his presidency. Today a park runs the length of its shore, with Sandy beaches, docks, lagoons, walkways, pavilions, and cookout areas. Camping is permitted as well, with permit. Permanent bathroom facilities exist on the island and numerous water taxi services bring you back and forth. The crown jewel of the park is the Palm Beach Maritime Museum facility. Tour the original 1936 Coast Guard Station, visit the Coast Guard bout house, and go down inside the JFK Bunker. The county wants to shut down this incredible public park and sell it to a private resort firm. Visit this unique place and voice your opinion before it is lost to development.
  • Beautiful island park with nice camping facilities. Enough space for a large tent and a place to cook. Has a nice fire pit and an absolutely stunning beach. Lots of bugs biting, so take bug cream with you!
  • This was a weird experience. In the morning we got there and it was just another regular beach but when the tide came in it became a beautiful crystal clear water beach. It's amazing how it changed after 3 pm when the water level rose. You could snorkel and see a great deal of fishes.... recommended 100% (just make sure to find out the tone the tide will raise). The downside is that you have to cross in a boat that comes every half-hour or so... you gotta be patient
  • One of the best places to camp in SFL. Get away from the hustle and bustle and relax only an hour away from Miami. Start with reserving your camping spot with Rosa on the island. Then hop on the ferry with Captain Joe (don't forget to pay for parking). Once you get to the island enjoy this little slice of paradise and have some fun in the sun on the sand bar.
  • Very clean and well maintained. Our family had a fun time here. Take bread with you and feed the fish around the docks.