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Peanut Island is the obvious choice for the Palm Beach County’s top boating destination. It has a dock, anchorage, designated swimming area, snorkeling, sandbars, picnic areas, restrooms, showers, camping, footpath, museum and presidential nuclear bomb shelter. On an incoming tide the nearby Lake Worth Inletfloods the area with crystal clear blue water. Nearby are the famous homes of Palm Beach and the large ships at the Port Of Palm Beach.Peanut Island is manmade. It’s a big pile of dredged sand created over the past 80 years. It got its name from a peanut oil shipping terminalthat at one time was to be built there. The county has done an excellent job turning Peanut Island from a seedy hangout into a beautiful and enjoyable place for everyone. The facilities are second to none.
PEANUT ISLAND'S EAST SIDE: The main facilities are located on Peanut Island’s east side. This is just across the channel from Sailfish Marina. The island’s dock, restrooms, public phone, drinking fountains, picnic area and developed campground are all located here. There are sandbars in the area so be careful when crossing from the channel over to the dock. All of the dock spaces are free and open for day use by the public. They’re “first come, first serve.” Overnight the dock can only be used by people using the paid campsites. Note that the current is especially strong at the dock. It’s tough to tie-up on an incoming or outgoing tide! There is an anchorage just south of the docks. Many times it is easier just to anchor and swim in than to use the dock. The paid campsites are wonderful (they’re available through the county.) There is some good snorkeling in the swimming area and around the dock.
Local Information provided by Rob, of the Palm Beach Boating Guide
County Website for Peanut Island
We ask that no vessel be operated through any Designated Swimming Area, (Tidal Basin), or Lagoon. For the safety of the public, as well as protection for the local manatee population, please observe the Boating Safety and Manatee Protection Zones that surround Peanut island and posted throughout the Lake Worth Lagoon. Palm Beach County Manatee Zones
Nearby Anchorages: South of the Blue Heron Bridge, near Red Day Mark 40. There are two anchorages. One is south of the bridge west of the channel. The other is south of the bridge, east of the channel and east of Peanut Island. Many boats are anchored in these areas.
New Law: Starting May 18, 2012 alcohol is off limits on Peanut Island in Palm Beach County, a decision made after years of complaints about rowdy behavior. But those anchored just a few feet offshore can keep the liquor flowing.
Peanut Island Natural Areas Beach Camping Update: North end CALL office for status (561) 845-4445 South end CLOSED until further notice due to high tide