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Munyon Island

Munyon Island Sitting in the north part of the Lake Worth Lagoon in the Intracoastal you'll find Munyon Island. The island has an interesting history, with inhabitants including, at various times, an eccentric tent-dweller, and a horticultural family who reportedly grew at least 28 varieties of fruit here and built a two-story house. Perhaps the most bizarre was the Island's namesake, Dr. James Munyon, who in 1903 built the Hotel Hygeia, which catered to rich northerners who swam in the "Fountain of Youth" and drank Munyon's "healing" fermented papaya juice. The five-story hotel, which had 21 rooms and eight baths, burned down in 1917.

Since then it seems that no one has lived on the island. It was used as a deposit site for dredging spoils through the mid-1950's, and today is part of John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. A recent restoration project removed exotic foliage, added tidal channels and ponds, and removed much of the spoil material. In November of 2010 a new boat docking facility opened, making the island a little more accessible - previously, we'd had to either beach our boat on the shore or anchor in the shallow water and wade in. A boardwalk runs through the island, with several covered picnic shelters along the way. All that remains of Hotel Hygeia are a few stones from a perimeter wall, and it's not too easy to get to them, with all of the cloth-grabbing thorny plants along the way! The island is a very popular kayak destination.

While Munyon Island does have picnic facilities, there are no restrooms, no drinking fountains, and the mosquitoes will be THICK in the summer - you have been warned!

Location:

Munyon Island
North Palm Beach FL
561-624-6950
43 acres

Web site:

www.co.palm-beach.fl.us/erm/lakes/estuarine/munyon/


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