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Singer Island Beach

2008 Update: The "Ocean Mall", the building holding most of the shops and restaurants, has been demolished. There was plenty of controversy prior, and there's sure to be some to follow, and I haven't yet done the research to find out exactly what is currently planned for the area. Fortunately for me, Subway is still there. :)

I can't find the "real" name of this beach, but for as long as I've been here, we've simply called it "Singer Island". Really, it's one of the best beaches I've been to in the area. First, it actually has fine sand, not the coarse, shelly stuff at so many South Florida beaches. Second, there is actually a lot of beach - it almost feels like you have to trek across a desert to get to the water; this is a good thing in a area dominated by 5-foot-wide oceanside beaches. There's a small playground and volleyball nets. A building houses a bunch of different shops that are great for checking out beach-type merchandise - lots of swimwear and shell necklaces. There's a great ice cream shop, and a few good restaurants offering pizza and other quick foods. There's also a Subway, which for me is perfect for a day on the beach. Parking is west of the buildings. The beach is right at the end of Blue Heron Blvd, easy to get to from I-95.

Interesting side note: Singer Island was named for Paris Singer, an heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune. He started a grand hotel on the island in the 1920's, but after a major huricane in 1928 and the stock market crash of 1929, the construction was halted and the hotel abandoned. A Hilton Hotel stands on the lot now.

Location:

Singer Island
Riviera Beach FL


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