Peanut Island, a small spit of land in Palm Beach County just inside the mouth of the Lake Worth Inlet.
You better have access to a boat if you want to visit, because Peanut Island Park is only accessible by water.
Peanut Island was created in 1918 with material dredged while the Army Corps of Engineers were dredging the Lake Worth Inlet.
Originally called Inlet Island, the name was changed years later after a plan had been put in place to use it as a terminal for shipping peanut oil. The peanut oil plan was abandoned in 1946; however, the name was never changed.
For years, Peanut Island was a place where locals went to drink and party; however, in 1999, Palm Beach County imposed some changes that have since calmed it down…kinda.
Peanut Island Park consists of the perimeter of the island. The rest of the island is used as a dredging repository. While it started out at only 10 acres, Peanut Island has grown to over 80 now due to its continued use as a dumping ground.
If you’re looking for peace and quiet, try stopping by on a weekday. On the weekends, the place is still rocking and rolling with lots of boaters from as far away as Miami, blasting their tunes and providing a wake.
Peanut Island Park has three restrooms, outdoor showers and plenty of picnic tables and grills. There are also large group picnic pavilions. Lifeguards are on duty near the beach area and snorkeling lagoon. Even doggie bag dispensers dot the park so you can clean up after your pooch, where he his welcome.
The walkway that circles the island is just over a mile long, but if you are looking for some exercise, you will want to bring your sneakers as the park does not allow bikes, skates, skateboards or any type of motorized vehicle.
While walking the trail, you will be able to check out the native vegetation, including gumbo limbo trees. The red peeling bark, which looks like a sunburn is the reason many people refer to these trees as the tourist tree.
Along the path you will pass the Kennedy Bunker which was setup as a bomb shelter 1961 for President Kennedy. There are pictures of JFK along with the original orders to build the shelter. John Kennedy never used the shelter, but did visit the island with his wife Jacqueline.
On the island’s Southeast side is a newly constructed snorkeling lagoon that boasts many reef fish and manatee to make your time in the water more enjoyable. Make sure you plan your trip to be there at high tide as the water is clearest on the high tide.
For more information about the park or to reserve a campsite, contact the park office at 561-845-4445.
If you have a boat, or use Flying Lady Boat Tours, you can dock right at the public dock. If you would like to take a water taxi to the island, you can call the Peanut Island Shuttle Boat at 561-777-0438.
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