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Palm Beach County Beaches
Palm Beach County – Your Florida Destination for the Best Beaches
With 47 miles of beautiful coastline, golden brown sand, warm surf and gorgeous views, Palm Beach County is the perfect destination for some of Florida’s most beautiful waterfront parks and beaches. So what are you waiting for? Let’s go!
Boca Raton Beach Boca Raton Beach will first greet you with large jagged rocks protruding along the shores, but just beyond the rocks is a two-mile stretch of lifeguard-protected beaches. Lifeguards are on the beach 7 days a week, year-round, from 9am to 5pm. There are three city parks which are connected to the miles of beaches and provide amenities such as playgrounds, restrooms, grills, and picnic tables. Besides swimming and beach lounging, there are volleyball games, canoe/kayak launching, surfing and snorkeling. This beach is city-owned and there may be an entrance and / or parking fees so check with city hall before you go to avoid any surprises.
Red Reef Park 1400 N. State Rd A1A Boca Raton, Fl 33432 561-393-7810; mybocaparks.org Make sure you put this secluded, 67-acre oceanfront park on your bucket list. Heavily foliated, the park is a favorite haunt for a variety of small tropical birds and offers a myriad of amenities including an oceanside 9-hole golf course and the 20-acre Gumbo Limbo Nature Center which showcases several intriguing exhibits. A scenic boardwalk with benches, a pavilion and breathtaking ocean vistas, leads to a brick walkway that extends to South Beach. This is your place in the sun where swimming, snorkeling and surf fishing rule the day. Restrooms and showering stations are nearby, as well as a picnic area equipped with grills and tables. Lifeguards are on duty daily from 9am – 5pm; Park is open from 8am – 10pm. Lots of parking options, too.
South Inlet Park 1298 S. Ocean Blvd. Boca Raton, Fl 33432 561-629-8775; pbcgov.org Go into the tunnels under Boca Raton’s Ocean Blvd and you’ll come to a golden beach with nothing but sand dunes and surfers to distract you. Make sure you climb the 40’ observation tower for spectacular vistas of the ocean sand dunes. Down below, well shaded nature trails take you through the park’s 95 acres of fauna and tropical plant life where you can snag a table under the lush canopy of banyan trees. The Park is also equipped with grills, tables and restrooms. Open daily from 8am until sunset with Life Guards on duty from 9am – 5pm.
Ocean Inlet Park 6990 N. Ocean Blvd., Boynton Beach, FL 33435 561-629-8770; discover.pbcgov.org Surrounding the Boynton Beach Inlet are two beautiful beaches as well as a fully equipped park with pavilions and access to the Intracoastal Waterway. The beaches which straddle the inlet on the north and south sides, are distinctly different. The north side is unguarded but boasts a beautiful sandy beach with lush tropical vegetation. The guarded south side is rocky and a great spot for snorkeling. Although there are no facilities at either beach, the park, which lies on the west side of A1A, is equipped with bathrooms, boat docks, pavilions and a scenic ocean overlook. The park and beaches are open from Sunrise to Sunset. Fishing is allowed around the inlet and on the jetties 24/7.
Oceanfront Park 6415 N Ocean Blvd Boynton Beach, Fl 33435 561-742-6775; boyntonbeach.org This 12-acre beach park, with its lovely Brazilian-walnut hardwood boardwalk, canopy-covered walkways and large recycled metal sea turtle sculpture, is a welcome respite and an ideal place to swim and snorkel. Divers will especially love exploring the four sunken ships just offshore which are all part of Florida’s artificial reefs program. You can also get your grill on in the barbecue and picnic areas or head on over to Jeffery’s Snack Bar for a tasty sandwich, salad, snack or ice cream. Beach wheel chairs are free here and you can also rent beach chairs, umbrellas, tables and cabanas. Lifeguards on duty daily from 9am — 5:15pm. Restrooms and showers on premises along with plenty of parking. Open Sunrise to Sunset.
Ocean Ridge Hammock Park 6620 N Ocean Blvd Boynton Beach, Fl 33435 561-966-6600; boyntonbeachmarina.com This small, tranquil stretch of sand inspires zen moments while a nearby reef is an easy dive for all skill levels. Although there are no lifeguards or amenities here, Boynton Beach Park is just a short 5 minute walk and is fully equipped with bathrooms, showers, pavilions and a small jungle gym for kids. Open Sunrise to Sunset.
DELRAY BEACH Delray Municipal Beach Ocean Blvd Delray Beach, Fl 33483 561-272-3224; mydelraybeach.com Cited as one of the “Top Public Beaches” in the United States, this two-mile-long stretch of calm water beach includes five parks that have specific, designated areas for swimming, surfing, volleyball, sailing, wind surfing and snorkeling. There are also two recreational areas for kite flying, Frisbees, paddleball, etc. A local Cabana Company is always on hand to rent beach chairs, umbrellas and cabanas. Life guards are on duty daily from 9am – 5pm. and five metered parking areas, as well as parking along Ocean Blvd. provide a decent amount of parking. Lots of Atlantic Avenue restaurants are just a short walk from the sand.
Gulfstream Park 4489 N Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach, Fl 33483 561-629-8775; pbcparks.com With 600’ of wide, shallow, guarded beach, this secluded, pet-friendly park is rarely crowded and provides the perfect backdrop for romantic oceanside walks. The crystal clear waters are excellent for swimming or snorkeling and the park offers both saltwater and fresh water fishing. A huge, shady area with picnic tables and grills provides plenty of room for picnicking and group gatherings. Restrooms and showers on premises. Lots of free parking, too, but the lot here fills up quickly. Open daily 8am – 8pm.
Juno Beach Park 14775 HWY A1A Juno Beach, Fl 33408 561-966-660; pbcgov.com With a beautiful 2.5 mile stretch of white sand beach and a 990’ pier, this beach attracts sun worshipers and anglers alike. Fishing and surfing are prohibited in the guarded swimming areas. Plenty of parking, picnic areas, restrooms and shower facilities are also available. Open 8am until Sundown.
Loggerhead Park Beach 14200 US Hwy 1 Juno Beach, Fl 33408 561-966-6600; discover.pbcgov.org A haven for nesting Loggerhead sea turtles during the summer, this guarded 900’ beach also has a tennis pavilion with four courts, playground, nature trail and picnic areas were you can grill. During sea turtle hatching season, you can sign up for a guided walk and see where the eggs are laid. The county’s Marine life Center is also located on the property. Restroom and outdoor showers on premises. Open from sunrise to sunset.
JUPITER Carlin Park 400 N. Ocean Blvd Jupiter, Fl 33477 561-966-6600; discover.pbcgov.org This massive beachfront park boasts a 3,000’ pristine guarded beach where surfing and fishing are restricted which makes it perfect for swimming. With over 100 acres of sport fields and courts, jogging trails and playgrounds, as well as picnic areas with grills and a performing arts theatre, this multi-purpose, dog-friendly park will keep you coming back for more. The Park is also home to sunset concerts, a full season of free shows and the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival. Cafe and restrooms on premises.
Dubois Park 19075 Dubois Rd Jupiter, Fl 33477 561-966-6600; discover.pbcgov.org With 1200’ of beach front, and a guarded 100’ shallow swimming lagoon, this historical beachfront park is a favorite destination for families with small children. The archeological treasure is also home to the Dubois Pioneer Home and Indian Mound making it an even more interesting spot for history buffs and nature lovers. Restroom s and outdoor showers on premises. Bring your dog!
Jupiter Beach Park 1375 Jupiter Beach Rd Jupiter, Fl 33477 561-966-6600; discover.pbcgov.org A tropical, kid-friendly destination along the largest stretch of secluded coastline in Palm Beach County, Jupiter Beach rates among the best beaches in Florida for families seeking non-stop fun in the sun. This popular 1700’ guarded beach and fishing jetty is tucked along an inlet and within walking distance to Dubois Park. Take a dip in the small lagoon or walk over to the beach. If it’s fishing that you’re into, drop a line from the jetty. Leashed dogs are allowed in the park but not on the beach. There’s also a picnic area with grills, a reserved group pavilion, restrooms and showers which are open from sunrise to sunset. You can fish the inlet 24/7.
Ocean Cay Park 2188 Marcinski Rd Jupiter, Fl 33477 561-966-6611; discover.pbcgov.org This is a terrific beach for the whole family – including Fido. The un-guarded beachfront is large and tucked down below the dunes where you can swim or fish. There’s also plenty of open grassy space with two sand volleyball courts, playground, picnic pavilions, restrooms and outdoor showers. Open from Sunrise to Sunset
Lake Worth Beach & Casino 2882 South Ocean Blvd Lake Worth, Fl 33460 561-533-7395; lakeworth.org This world renowned beach complex has everything a great holiday beach should have: miles of pristine coastline, a large fishing pier with excellent restaurants, a walking promenade where you can stroll along the ocean and a sprawling oceanfront park right across the street that has nice shaded picnic areas and an olympic size pool. Anchoring it all, is the iconic, recently reconstructed Casino building. While there is no gambling at the Casino, the building remains true to the original 1920s architecture and is now home to several shops, eateries and an ice cream parlor. Beach chairs, lounges and cabanas are all available to rent at the beach and lifeguards are on duty daily from 9am – 5pm. Plenty of paid parking, here, too.
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park 10900 State Rd 703 (A1A) North Palm Beach, FL 33408 561-624-6952; macarthurbeach.org Nestled on a barrier island with almost two miles of pristine, stunning beachfront, this quiet sanctuary is The Palm Beaches only state park. Activities like swimming, snorkeling and fishing in the clear blue waters of the Atlantic are just the beginning of all the fun that you can have here. The flip side of the park sits in the urban estuary of the Intracoastal Waterway where you can kayak, canoe, hike short trails and visit the Nature Center. The park rents single and double ocean canoes, perfect for sighting the manatees that inhabit the local waters or for sighting great blue herons in the swamplands. Calm surf and a children’s playground, makes this a good spot for families. Open from 8am until Sundown.
Phipps Ocean Park 2201 S Ocean Blvd Palm Beach, Fl 33480 561-838-5400; townofpalmbeach.com Tucked behind the town’s tennis courts, this laid back guarded beach is in a beautiful location with lots of shells. The park here is also lovely with lots of great old trees, barbecue pits, and plenty of shade. There is a patch of rocky shore so bring your beach shoes if you want to explore! Great amenities including restrooms, picnic benches and a spacious parking lot all add up to a great day at the beach. Don’t forget to bring your snorkel gear!
R. G. Kreusler Park 2965 S. Ocean Blvd Palm Beach, Fl 33480 561-966-6600; discover.pbcgov.org Adjacent to the Lake Worth Casino building, this lovely 4 acre park has a large manicured lawn with palm shaded benches and 440’ of quiet guarded beach. Fishing and surfing are not allowed so the beach is a wonderful haven for swimming. If you’re looking for seashells or sea glass, be sure to arrive after high tide when the pic kin’s are good. The boardwalk starts here so you can leisurely stroll down to the fishing pier and to the many shops and local restaurants nearby. Restrooms and outdoor showers on premises. Open from sunrise to sunset. Paid parking available.
Ocean Reef Park 3860 N Ocean Dr Riviera Beach, Fl 33404 561-629-8775; discover.pbcgov.org Chill and stroll the boardwalk which snakes through and along the dune ecosystem and encapsulates the beauty of this gorgeous park. A wide, guarded sandy beach, protected from passing boats, makes it a great place to swim. If you enjoy snorkeling or free diving, the reef here is very close to the shore and you can actually see it even at high tide. Restrooms and showers are nearby, as well as covered picnic pavilions with grills, a kids playground and plenty of free parking. Open from sunrise to sunset.
Peanut Island Park AKA Palm Beach Inlet 6500 Peanut Island Rd Riviera Beach, Fl 33404 561-845-4445; discover.pbcgov.org Home of the fascinating Palm Beach Maritime Museum and President John F. Kennedy’s Cold War bomb shelter, this 80-acre park is a magnet for boaters who like to anchor in the shallow, sandy bottom waters on the north and west sides of the island. There’s a guarded swimming area here, as well, but the real draw is the great snorkeling around the rocky shoreline on the southern edge of the island. A good size campground with a large community fire ring, picnic pavilion, restrooms and hot showers is comprised of 20 camping sites, all equipped with tent pads, picnic tables and barbecue grills. A boat dock and boat slips are also available. The park is open sunrise to sunset with the exception of the campgrounds. FYI: To explore the beach at Peanut Island you must arrive by boat. Fortunately, that’s easy and fun. You can take a shuttle from Sailfish Marina (98 Lake Dr, Palm Beach Shores) or a water taxi from Riviera Beach Marina (Slip 522 200 E. 13th St, Riviera Beach).
Phil Foster Memorial Park & Snorkel Trail
900 E. Blue Heron Blvd. Riviera Beach
33404 561-845-4445; discover.pbcgov.org
Located smack in the intracoastal waterway just west of Singer Island and south of Peanut Island, this popular boating area is also home to one of the country’s most prolific and accessible dive spots. The world-famous 800’ underwater Snorkel Trail here is a string of artificial reefs that are just south of the park’s beach and about 200’ offshore. With shallow depths of 6 – 10,’ the trail is accessible for every skill level. If you want to swim with just a mask, snorkel and fins, the trail is a true treasure— not too taxing but populated with plenty of marine life so you can experience the Park’s biodiversity. For SCUBA divers, the waters are shallow enough to stay underwater for up to two hours — plenty of time for you to capture a shot of some of the rare fish species scurrying about. No worries if you don’t have your own gear. The Singer Island Outdoor Center (561-839-5130; singeroutdoorcenter.com), located on the northern side of the island, provides snorkel and dive gear rentals and sales, refreshments, and paddle board and kayak rentals. The park also offers a unique guarded swimming area on the Intracoastal Waterway, along with an adjacent beach in the shadow of the Blue Heron Boulevard Bridge, a playground and picnic areas with grills. Day-use boat and PWC slips available, as well. Open Sunrise to Sunset; Four single lane boats ramps are open 24 hours.