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Peanut Island

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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Peanut Island is a man made island in Port of Palm Beach formed in 1918 by the dredging of Lake Worth Inlet. It’s also a boater’s paradise.

peanut island 3The county park offers several activities such as swimming, hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling that make it a great spot for boaters to frequent throughout the year. The best time to go is during high tide when the water is crystal clear. Before heading out, be sure to fill your boat with plenty food and water as Peanut Island has no restaurants, food service, or vending machines.

The island’s only connection to peanuts was a failed government proposal to make it a terminal for shipping peanut oil. The plan dead-ended in 1946, but the name remains.

peanut island 4There are two docks available from sunrise to sunset at no charge. The west side is quieter and gives visitors access to wildlife viewing areas. Keep an eye out for brown pelicans, white ibis, and ospreys. The park also features a one-and-a-quarter-mile pathway that leads visitors through a lush maritime hammock habitat. If you continue on the path, you’ll arrive at an observation deck that overlooks Florida’s largest estuary, Lake Worth Lagoon.

The east side of the park offers docking, a museum, campsites, and snorkeling. The island’s natural reefs and shallow lagoons are filled with colorful fish and marine life including crabs, parrotfish, angelfish, and damselfish.

peanut island 2Another option for spotting wildlife — maybe even manatees — is a reef boardwalk that extends 280 feet into the water.

Operated by the non-profit organization Palm Beach Maritime Museum, the U.S. Coast Guard Station and Boat House seeks to teach visitors the history of the island.  Guided tours are also available.

For more information: www.pbcgov.com/parks/peanutisland or call 561-845-4445.

 

By Melissa McMahon

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