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Peanut Island Park

Peanut Island Park Peanut Island is a spoil island located immediately inside the Lake Worth Inlet (sometimes referred to as the Palm Beach Inlet). After nearly a half century of use as a unregulated camping and boating destination, in 2005 the island was given a $13 million dollar makeover. The results are incredible and Peanut Island is now one of the top day-boater destinations in South Florida.

The 2005 Peanut Island renovation included the complete removal of exotic vegetation (primarily Australian pine), the construction of a pathway around the perimeter of the island, construction of a lifeguard-protected swimming and snorkeling area, building of docks on the east and west sides of the island, building of a fishing pier, and development of a campground.

On a summer weekend, Peanut Island draws hundreds of locals and visitors to anchor in the shallow waters surrounding the island. The boat dock, restrooms, and camping areas are all handicapped accessible. Boat slips are available for day use as well as for registered overnight campers. There are three picnic pavilions; one is reserved for use by registered campers, but the other two are open to the public. There's a nice walking path for nature viewing, numerous Chiki huts and a community fire ring. The park is open sunrise to sunset with the exception of the campgrounds. Campers must be registered and pay all appropriate fees.

The West side of the island has a floating docking "ring" which is directly adjacent to the clean restrooms, this is one of the most accessible spots for a "bathroom break" available in South Florida.

There is a cold-war-era bomb shelter on this island that was built for John F Kennedy. Tours are reportedly available, although I've never seen it open when I am on the island.

UPDATE 01/08/06

I just got back from a trip to Peanut Island, and I was pleasantly surprised! The county has done a LOT of work, including removing the invasive plants and introducing native ones, re-doing the campground, adding a paved walkway all around the island, constructing several piers and boardwalks to the beaches, and new docking facilities. In addition, with this being the off-season, there was hardly anyone there - a shock for such a popular area! The new campground area is small, but very nice, fenced in with landscaping and a large fire pit to one side. I'm looking forward to taking a little overnight or weekend trip to camp here before the season picks up again. Also, the water is crystal-clear, and I saw a bit of sea life I've never seen live in the water - a HUGE starfish resting right aside one of the dock pylons!

Kudos to the county for doing a beautiful job on Peanut Island.

Camping info is here

Location:

Peanut Island Park
Riviera Beach FL
561-845-4445
86 acres

Web site:

www.co.palm-beach.fl.us/parks/peanutisland/


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