Water taxi, tenting and extra to know

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Peanut Island, the 80-acre tropical island at the west end of Palm Beach (Lake Worth Beach) Inlet, is a boat-only county park where long lines of boats socialize with hundreds of people rafting in the shallow offshore waters .

Sounds good? Here’s what you should know before heading to the popular island spot.

Park your boat

Moor at the boat docks. The park offers limited boat docking facilities on the east and west sides of the island. Complimentary receipts are available during the day on a first come, first served basis. More information about docking can be found here.

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No boat? Take a water taxi

Here is some information about the websites of the independent services.

Peanut Island shuttle boat

Where from: The Peanut Island Shuttle departs from the Riviera Beach Marina, located at 200 E. 13th St., Riviera Beach.

Price: $16 per adult round trip; $8 for children under six

Times: The trips run every 25 minutes from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. The last boat to the island leaves at 3:00 p.m

Contact: Call 561-777-0438 or visit their website for more information: www.peanutislandshuttleboat.com

COVID notice: face masks are no longer mandatory on the boat.

Sailfish Marina: Peanut Island shuttle service

Where from: The Palm Beach Water Taxi departs from Sailfish Marina Resort, located at 98 Lake Drive, Palm Beach Shores.

Price: Round trip $15 per person

Times: Seven days a week departs at 9:45am, 11:45am, 1:45pm and 3:45pm. Return times: 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm and 5:30pm

Contact: Call or 561-844-1724 or visit their website for more information: www.sailfishmarina.com/water-taxi

Essential things to pack on your Peanut Island day trip

Chairs, coolers, beach towels, hats, sunscreen, umbrellas, floats and snorkel gear.

To eat and drink. Note that alcohol is prohibited on Peanut Island except in the reserved campsites.

Activities on Peanut Island

Here are the highlights of what to do once you get to Peanut Island.

snorkel: There are two snorkeling spots – a small reef and a larger lagoon – on the east side of the island, where the incoming tide washes up an ever-changing variety of marine life. Pillow starfish are frequent visitors, as are reef dwellers like parrotfish and angelfish. Visibility is excellent but be careful of strong currents.

camp: Camping is allowed on ‘The Nut’. There are 17 campsites with tent sites, grills and picnic tables. The facility also features restrooms with indoor hot showers, a picnic pavilion, and a large fire ring.

Camping is by permit only and reservations are required. Overnight camping $28 for a single campground and $56 for an extended campground. There is a maximum length of stay of three nights.

Visit https://www.bookyoursite.com/campgrounds/peanutislandfl or call 561-845-4445 or 866-383-5730 for reservations.

stroll: A 1.25 mile paved trail circles the entire island. From there you have access to a wooden walkway through the mangroves on the west side. A wooden walkway spans the reef area on the east side.

things to see: Birds and marine life from the viewing platform on the south side of the island and two boardwalks.

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Visit the county website for the latest information on what to do on Peanut Island.

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