Find Your Perfect Beach

April 28, 2021

Pack your beach bag for a day chocked full of sandy treasures, salty air and sunshine at these South Florida beaches.

With 47 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline to explore, and options ranging from family-friendly serene escapes and dog-friendly stretches to those with livelier atmospheres, The Palm Beaches is the ideal place to conduct your search for perfect Florida beaches. We are here to help with our recomendations of beaches you can enjoy — no matter who your beach buddy may be during your next getaway in or to The Palm Beaches. Below is just a sampling of a few of the beaches that make up this award-winning coastline.  Don’t forget to bring your beach umbrella, beach chairs and plenty of refreshments — you will want to stay a while!
 

Family-Approved

The following offer families guarded beachfronts and amenities that will enhance a beach experience from sunrise to sundown. 
 
Spanish River Park – Boca Raton
Tucked between the Intracoastal Waterway and golden-sand shores of Boca Raton, this park provides more than beach access. For starters, everyone will love the colorful mural art that adorns the tunnels leading to the sand. Families can also round out their day here picnicking under the shade of banyan trees, bird-watching and strolling along the nature trail, or letting the kids frolic on the playground.

Shaded picnic area at Spanish River Park
Shaded picnic area at Spanish River Park

Carlin Park – Jupiter
Just a short distance to the water, this beach park is ideal for families seeking to get busy with shelling and sand creations upon arrival. Restroom facilities and covered single-table picnic shelters with grills are also available, making it that much easier to spend a day under the sun. An exercise course and open fields await across the street to round out your day spent outdoors. 
 

Those who visit this sunny stretch of beach access can also explore the William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier as well as the park’s picnic facilities. Steps away, families who’ve worked up an appetite with hours of beach-side fun can enjoy a meal at Benny’s on the Beach at the base of the pier or at the restaurants located within the Lake Worth Casino Building & Beach Complex. 
Aerial view of Lake Worth Beach
 Aerial view of Lake Worth Beach Park, Pool and Casino Building & Beach Complex

Dog-Friendly

Bring your furry companion to the below beaches for a sandy stroll or salty swim. These will have your pet living their best lives, and we promise you’ll enjoy them, too! 
 
This 2.5-mile section of beach invites pet owners to enjoy a run, stroll, swim or take in the views with their four-legged friend. Spanning from beach marker #25 to #60, the designated beach offers dog waste bags at every crossover walkway and plenty of space to stretch out. 
 
Roll, race or play fetch at this petite pup-friendly beach located at Spanish River Park between towers 18 and 20. During designated hours Fridays through Sundays, local and visiting pups can enjoy beach access once owners purchase an annual permit or weekend permit.

Serene & Secluded

These beaches are for the nature lovers who are looking to kick back, relax and soak up the sun in unspoiled settings.

John D. Macarthur Beach State Park – North Palm Beach
This barrier island is a preserved paradise for beachgoers looking to experience the southeast Florida coast as it used to be — a lush coastal habitat dotted with forested islands, coves and pristine stretches of sand. This is a great place to paddle, snorkel or walk trails and boardwalks, in addition to simply lounging oceanside.

John D. Macarthur Beach State Park
Boardwalk leading to the beach at John D. Macarthur Beach State Park

Coral Cove Park – Tequesta
As the northernmost beach in the county, this quant and quiet site is most recognized by its unique limestone rock formations that line its shoreline and provide shelter to a wide variety of marine life. With additional formations beneath the water, this location is one of the most inviting for snorkeling. Make sure to bring your snorkel gear when you set out to visit this one! 

 
This park offers a guarded beach for your comfort, restroom facilities and single table picnic areas with grills under the shade of the sea grape canopies. Pack your picnic lunch and beach chairs, and get ready to rest and relax with a dose of sea breeze, sunshine and sand beneath your toes. 
 

Lively Lounging

The following offer additional perks beyond the typical beach visit, from underwater treasures to open-air shopping strips with an ample selection of walkable restaurants. 
 
Peanut Island Park – West Palm Beach
Home to President John F. Kennedy’s bunker, this little island packs a ton to do, including swimming beaches, a snorkeling lagoon, a fishing pier, a scenic walkway and an observation deck with 360-degree views. Adventurers can even stay the night; plan ahead and book one of the available campsites. No boat? No problem. Water taxi service is available from Riviera Beach Marina or Sailfish Marina.

View from above Peanut Island Park
View from above Peanut Island Park

Delray Municipal Beach – Delray Beach
Located at the end of buzzing Atlantic Avenue, this coastal stretch offers beachgoers a bounty of restaurants, as well as a unique mix of mom-and-pop shops and boutique stores all within walking distance. Nearby Sandoway Park offers restroom access and additional metered parking. When on the sand, the two-mile beach offers cabana and beach chair rentals, sailboat storage, and designated areas for swimming, surfing, sailing and snorkeling. This beach was also named one of the “Best Beaches in Florida” by Travel & Leisure in 2020.

Delray Municipal Beach
Photo courtesy of Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority 

Come explore the marine wonder that lies beneath the surface at this unique park. Hugging the Intracoastal Waterway, the park’s calm waters invite visitors to experience the underwater snorkeling trail. The park has become internationally recognized by scientists, scuba divers, underwater photographers and snorkelers due to its abundance of marine life and was voted one of the “50 Best Dive Sites in the World” by PADI Sport Diver Magazine in 2013. Restroom facilities, a fishing pier, boat docks, boat launching ramps and slips also add to a beach experience like no other.  
Snorkeler explores The Snorkel Trail at Phil Foster Park
Photo courtesy of Mike Scott Photography  

 
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