how to get to peanut island from west palm beach

At the western end of the Palm Beach (Lake Worth) Inlet, on the 80-acre tropical island of Peanut Island, which is only accessible by boat, large groups of people congregate to socialize in the shallow off-shore water.

Sound fun? Here’s what to know before you go.

Park your boat

At the boat docks, tie up. On the east and west sides of the island, there are a few boat docking facilities available at the park. Throughout the day, free slips are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Find more information about docking here. 

What to expect for the holiday: Numerous boaters and paddlers are anticipated to flock to the waterways of Palm Beach County on Memorial Day.

Presidential bunker: Palm Beach County will assume control of the JFK bunker on Peanut Island with the assistance of the cities

People line on the dock of Peanut Island to catch a ride on a water taxi during the Memorial Day weekend on Sunday, May 26, 2019.

No Boat?

By water taxi, get there. Here’s some info according to the independently owned services’ websites.

Peanut Island Shuttle Boat

Where: The Riviera Beach Marina, situated at 200 E 13th St in Riviera Beach, serves as the departure point for the Peanut Island Shuttle.

Price: $6 for children under six years old and $12 for adults traveling roundtrip

Times: Trips are every 25 minutes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. At 3:30 pm, the last boat to the island leaves.

Contact: For further details, call 561-777-0438 or go to the website:

COVID note: Face masks are required on the boat.

A waiting area for the Peanut Island shuttle boat inside Riviera Beach Marina Village on Friday October 18, 2019.

Sailfish Marina: Peanut Island Shuttle service

Where: At 98 Lake Drive in Palm Beach Shores, the Sailfish Marina Resort serves as the departure point for the Palm Beach Water Taxi.

Price:  $15 per person round trip

Times: 9:45 am, 11:45 am, 1:45 pm, and 3:45 pm, Wednesday through Sunday (returning at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 5:30 pm.

Contact: For further details, contact 561-844-1724 or go to the website:

Captain Jim Barry heads to Peanut Island from Sailfish Marina with a few passengers on the Palm Beach Water Taxi in the rain Thursday, May 2, 2013.

Don’t forget

Here are some suggestions on what to take:

  • Floats, snorkeling equipment, beach chairs, coolers, beach towels, caps, sunscreen, and beach umbrellas.
  • food and beverages. Be aware that alcohol is prohibited on Peanut Island, except in the reserved campsites.

You’ve arrived. Now what?

Two women carry their paddleboards during a sunny afternoon along a sand bar on the north side of Peanut Island Monday in the intracoastal waterway.

Highlights of things to do on Peanut Island are listed below.

Snorkel:  There are two snorkeling spots — a small reef and a larger lagoon — on the east side of the island, where the incoming tide sweeps in an ever-changing variety of sea critters. Visitors often include cushion starfish as well as reef inhabitants like parrotfish and angelfish. Excellent visibility, but watch out for strong currents.

More: Floating buildings cannot be anchored in county waterways, according to Palm Beach County’s new regulations.

Camp: The Nut allows for camping. There are 17 campsites with a picnic table, grill, and tent pad. The facility also features restrooms with hot indoor showers, a picnic pavilion and a large fire ring.

  • Reservations and a permit are necessary for camping. Overnight camping $28 for a single campsite and $56 for an expanded campsite.
  • For bookings, call 866-383-5730 or 561-845-4445.
Andre Russell of West Palm Beach grills up some Jamaican jerk chicken on Peanut Island.

Walk: The whole island is encircled by a 1.25-mile paved path. You may reach a boardwalk on the west side that leads into the mangroves from there. A walkway crosses the reef area on the east side.

See: birds and marine life may be seen from two boardwalks and the observation deck on the island’s southern side.

The most recent details regarding events on Peanut Island may be found there. on the county site.

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