Perfect Beaches for Kids and Parents in The Palm Beaches

May 4, 2018

A partial list of local Florida beaches that will entertain kids and keep grownups happy.

One of the joys of a fun family vacation is introducing children to new, exciting places. Watching a toddler discovering the wonders of a warm, sunny beach makes memories for a lifetime. Choosing just the right beach is easy in The Palm Beaches, with 47 miles of golden sand to pick from. Here are some beach suggestions from a group of locals, specifically chosen for their kid- and family-friendliness.


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Dubois Park - 19075 Dubois Rd., Jupiter, Florida

Lined with palm trees and protected waters, Dubois Park is located on the southern edge of Jupiter Inlet. Pull into the ample parking lot and you’ll notice the park doesn’t face the ocean, but rather the beautiful and historic Jupiter Inlet. Look west and you’ll see the Jupiter Lighthouse. Look east and you’ll see the mouth of the inlet leading into the shimmering ocean. A man-made barrier of natural rock and concrete shelters a pool of water, perfect for bathers of all ages. The water is replenished and cleaned by the natural currents of the inlet, and access to the swimming area is easy and well-marked. There are public bathrooms available, as well as small grills for cooking. Best of all, the calm swimming area is great for kids, and parents will appreciate how easy it is to keep track of little ones.

Coral Cove Park – 19450 County Hwy. 707, Tequesta, Florida

If little adventurers want to see some marine life up close, then Tequesta’s Coral Cove Park is an excellent choice. Located at the northern tip of The Palm Beaches, Coral Cove looks out over the blue Atlantic Ocean. Finding a parking space is easy on all but the busiest holidays, and families will be delighted to discover picnic benches, grills, and a small playscape. Freshwater showers and restrooms are available, but the best part of this lush, well-kept park is the ocean itself. Just a few feet offshore and in just a few inches of water are water-carved rock formations, shaped by countless seasons of wave action. There in the rocks are all types of tiny fish and crustaceans, darting back and forth. A simple snorkeling face mask can unlock hours of fun and learning. Very small visitors and their parents will have fun playing in natural tidepools that form in the tide. Across the street, the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway provide excellent swimming conditions, and depths for little ones – while still allowing beach-goers to enjoy the amenities at Coral Cove Park.


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Phil Foster Park – 900 Blue Heron Blvd., Riviera Beach, Florida

Phil Foster Park is a 14.7-acre beach park nestled along the Lake Worth Lagoon, just north of the Palm Beach Inlet. The park is known as a great fishing spot and has a nice playground. What Phil Foster is best known for is a man-made snorkeling trail that winds around the south end of the island and near the pilings of the Blue Heron Bridge. While the full trail is intended for stronger swimmers, the beach access is great for kids wanting to wade around closer to shore. Families can play on the sandy beach, while enjoying the fully protected water of the lagoon (also known as the Intracoastal Waterway).

Red Reef Park – 1400 N Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton, Florida

Red Reef Park is located on the southern end of The Palm Beaches, in Boca Raton. Snorkeling and beach play are great here, and there’s so much more. The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is part of the 67-acre park, with well-equipped grills and restrooms. Gumbo Limbo will delight nature lovers of every age, with educational programs about sea turtles, nature, conservation and the area’s ecology. Programs are tailored for children as well as adults, so children can enjoy learning about endangered sea turtles.

Ocean Inlet Park – 6990 N Ocean Blvd., Ocean Ridge, Florida

Specifically suggested by our Facebook Group of Local Residents, Ocean Inlet Park is located in the southern end of The Palm Beaches. It has beachfront on both the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, and it boasts a seating pavilion, snack bar, family picnic shelters, grills, showers and restrooms, and parking. Our locals give it a “thumbs up” because little waders can play in the Intracoastal Waterway, while stronger swimmers can have fun in the waves.

These are just a few of the many great beach spots you’ll find in The Palm Beaches. Kids will have a wonderful time, and parents will find keeping an eye on the children is downright entertaining. As with every trip to the beach, stay near lifeguards and follow the beach rules to maximize the fun you will have on the golden sands.

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