3 Islands, 3 Distinct Ways to Enjoy The Palm Beaches

March 23, 2021

Get out and explore three exceptional slices of island life in The Palm Beaches.

With 47 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline enveloped by sparkling inland waterways, it’s no surprise that The Palm Beaches are home not just to renowned beaches, but also gorgeous islands. Whether you’re seeking adventure on tropical specks of sand and foliage or relaxation among luxury resorts and spectacular mansions, here are three islands in The Palm Beaches worth exploring.

Partial aerial view of Peanut Island
A partial view of Peanut Island and its surrounding waterways

Peanut Island

Nestled in the middle of the Lake Worth Lagoon and Intracoastal Waterway and only accessible by boat, this 80-acre tropical paradise offers unmatched views and a unique perspective of the bustling scenic waters near the Port of Palm Beach. A favorite destination for boaters, snorkelers and beach lovers, this unique beach treasure offers visitors the perfect setting for recreational activities, such as fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding and swimming, as well as strolling the paved pathway that lines the perimeter of the island. Kayak access, boat docks and slips are available for those traveling by rental or via their own vessel. The Peanut Island Shuttle Boat is available for those who prefer to leave the navigating to an experienced professional, and water recreation vehicles are available for rent or hire through several destination partners including Visit Palm Beach, Nautical Ventures, Cruisin Tikis and Get Wet Watersports. This is also the site of a historic bunker built for President John F. Kennedy who had a family compound nearby in Palm Beach. Though it is currently closed until further notice, the exterior of the bunker is still visible. For a truly immersive experience on Peanut Island, make a reservation to camp at one of the island’s 17 campgrounds. Though restroom facilities, picnic tables and grills are available, there aren’t any stores, hotels or restaurants on the island, so it’s strongly encouraged to pack for your own comfort level.

Sunrise over the beach, Singer Island
Colorful beach sunrise on Singer Island; photo courtesy Captain Kimo

Singer Island

Just north of Peanut Island and home to the beach towns of Riviera Beach and Palm Beach Shores, this remote and quiet barrier island is the perfect place for aquatic adventures. It’s recently gained notoriety for its marine life, especially as part of the route of the annual black tip shark migration. Dive and snorkel enthusiasts will find lots to love here including Phil Foster Park, home to the popular underwater snorkeling trail. Singer Island features 7 miles of some of the most spacious beachfront in The Palm Beaches, as well as hotels and resorts for every budget. Riviera Beach Marina Village is a popular launching point for fishing charters, boat tours and wildlife watching excursions. Fun fact: Singer Island was named after Paris Singer – the Singer Sewing Machine heir who would bring friends to the island for picnics and would eventually be among the first to develop the island in the 1920s.

Bicycling on the Palm Beach Lake Trail
Bicycling on the Palm Beach Lake Trail

Palm Beach Island

This cozy and well-heeled destination, home to the town of Palm Beach, is one of the richest zip codes in the United States – usually coming in third or fourth place – but with its residents reportedly donating more money per capita to charities than any other community in the country. Visitors from near and far can’t help but be enamored with this seaside retreat that despite its glamour and style remains friendly and warm. A manicured and serene small town, Palm Beach helped define this region as the world-famous tourism destination it is today. Founded by Henry Morrison Flagler, the town is synonymous with luxury living. It has offered unparalleled accommodations, experiences and hospitality dating back more than a century. The resort-style brand Lilly Pulitzer was founded here, and the town’s Worth Avenue and Everglades Club have served as a launch pad for designers including Valentino, Blass, Madam Greis and Givenchy. Enjoy alfresco shopping on popular Worth Avenue and see prominent architectural treasures such as The Breakers resort and The Flagler Museum – a 75-room Gilded Age mansion turned museum. Stroll or bike the historic palm tree-lined Palm Beach Lake Trail for views of West Palm Beach, the Lake Worth Lagoon, mega-yachts and more. Other favorite activities on the island include spotting jaw-dropping mansions and lavish gardens, playing golf and tennis, enjoying the arts, taking historical tours and lounging on public beaches

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