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Peanut Island Park, Riviera Beach

Categories: Islands, Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 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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  • WOW! never seen so many fishes, types, colors, sizes, thousands of school fishes...amazing. Make sure to go in a High Tide to see them.. Wear water shoes (rocky) and bring your own food (no food vendo...  read more »
  • Went to check out the island. The ferry is $10 per person there and back which was fine. Once you get there the tour of JFK's Bunker is another $15 the island it self is ok a few people were snorkelin...  read more »
  • This place is beyond fantastic for just off The beach snorkeling and well worth the trip! The water is turquoise and clear and the fish are awesome! A few tips- Visit the website! It has beach conditi...  read more »
  • 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!
  • I'm really surprised that this place has a lot of great reviews because for us, it was majorly disappointing. First of all, it's a mission to get on the island. We had to wait 40 minutes for the ferry and it's hard work having to lug all of your beach gear, tent, charcoal, etc. We went on Labor Day Weekend to relax but I felt like I was doing more labor than ever. Not to mention, the ferry is $10 per person and we had about 20 people so $200 is not cheap. They also don't allow any alcohol so myself and about 10 other people got all of our beer and wine taken away. My husband and I are not heavy drinkers but we enjoy a cold beer on a 93 degree day so it was disappointing that we couldn't have a beer. Once we finally arrived on the island, we had to walk really far to find a grill while my feet were getting attacked by red ants. I was so excited when we found an area to chill and all I wanted to do is relax in the water but the shore is very rocky so sitting on the beach is not comfortable. My nefew's foot got sliced by rocks and and he ended up getting a few stiches the following day. There was also an abundance of police and county sheriffs on the island. You get a wierd vibe like your constantly being watched so by the time we left we started calling peanut island, prison island. I totally understand that they may have had people in past getting rowdy and they want families to feel safe but I thought it was a little over board. After a couple hrs there we decided to leave and take the party to our house because we were worried that we would get stuck in a long line for the ferry. We ended up having a great day at our house BBQ'n, fishing and enjoying our pooI. I wish we would have done that to begin with instead of the huge hassle of peanut island. Oh well, it was definitely an experience and adventure that's unforgettable!
  • 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
  • Beautiful island. Terrific campsites. Lots of rest rooms and garbage cans. The place is very well maintained. Lots of people conned for the day, the camping was great. Every campsite has a grill and picnic table. You can bring your boat or take a ferry.
  • 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.
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