Many people who live in and visit Florida look for out-of-the-way destinations and attractions to avoid large crowds when possible. It can be nice to enjoy Florida's beauty without a crowd.
However, when you want to visit a Florida beach, finding somewhere that feels more isolated during non-peak times can feel like a very tall order. But there is a beach island in Florida that is only accessible via boat or shuttle (canoe or kayak will work too). And because of this seclusion, it may offer the kind of "hidden gem" destination that many are looking for.
And even better, it's part of a county park. It has free admission, although you may have to pay for the ferry (which is $18) if you don't have a boat or kayak.
Information about Peanut Island Park: Located in Palm Beach county in South Florida, the island is near Riviera Beach, Singer Island, and Palm Beach. The island is 10 minutes from the mainland, and it's a great place to snorkel, enjoy the sun, picnic, kayak, or swim. It covers 80 acres so that people can spread out.
Beach areas with white sand are on the outer perimeter of the island while the interior has lush greenery with picnic areas and hiking trails. Some areas of the beach have rocky terrain (which is arguably pretty) but water shoes aren't a bad idea.
The water is extremely clear so you can easily see fish and other sea life while snorkeling (and there are also some artificial reefs.) There are also showers located throughout the park so that you can clean off any sand.
There are restrooms here, but no concessions or ability to buy necessities. So bring a cooler with snacks or drinks. The park is also dog friendly, as long as dogs are kept on a leash.
The park is more secluded in the mornings and during the week. You'll see more people on the weekends, during the high season, or on special occasions like spring break or holidays.
Camping: The park has 17 campsites (for tents only) that include a picnic table, tent pad, and grill. Hot showers are available as are fire rings. A single campsite runs $28 per night, while an extended spot runs $56. Reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance here.
Dining: While there is no food on the island, if you are hungry at day's end, there is food nearby. If you'd like to keep it casual and relatively fast, try Pizza Lino for New York-style pizza in nearby Riviera Beach. If you'd like a little more upscale option, try the Islander Grill and Tiki Bar in nearby Palm Beach Shores.
Reviews: Most reviews were quite good, with reviewers praising the clear water and the visibility when snorkeling. Those visiting with family noted that the lagoons are shallow for children. The cleanliness of the facilities was praised. One reviewer noted that campsites were right on the sand and that jellyfish can be present during August and September.
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