Water taxi, camping and more to know

Peanut Island, the 80-acre tropical island at the western end of the entrance to Palm Beach (Lake Worth Beach), is a county park accessible only by boat, where long chains of boats raft while hundreds of people socialize in the shallow offshore waters.

It’s funny? Here’s what to know before heading to the popular island.

park your boat

Moor at the boat docks. The park offers limited mooring facilities for boats on the east and west sides of the island. Free leaflets are available during the day on a first-come, first-served basis. Find more information about mooring here.

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No boat? Take a water taxi

Here is some information according to freelance service websites.

Peanut Island Shuttle Boat

Or: 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 six and under

Times: Departures are every 25 minutes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The last boat to the island is at 3 p.m.

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

Note COVID: Face masks are no longer mandatory on the boat.

People line up at the Peanut Island wharf to take a water taxi ride over Memorial Day weekend on Sunday, May 26, 2019.

Sailfish Marina: Shuttle Service to Peanut Island

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

Price: $15 per person round trip

Times: 7 days a week departure at 9:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Return times: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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

Important Things to Pack on Your Peanut Island Day Trip

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

Food and drinks. Be aware that alcohol is prohibited on Peanut Island, except at reserved campsites.

What to do on Peanut Island

Here are the highlights on what to do once you arrive at Peanut Island.

Tuba: There are two snorkeling spots – a small reef and a larger lagoon – on the east side of the island, where the rising tide sweeps in a variety of ever-changing sea creatures. Cushion starfish as well as reef dwellers such as parrotfish and angelfish are frequent visitors. Visibility is superb but watch out for strong currents.

Camp: Camping is permitted on ‘The Nut.’ There are 17 campsites which include a tent, grill and picnic table. The facility also includes restrooms with hot indoor showers, a picnic pavilion and a large fire pit.

Camping is permitted only and reservations are required. Overnight camping $28 for single camping and $56 for expanded camping. There is a maximum stay of three nights.

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

Walk: A 1.25 mile paved trail circles the entire island. From here you have access to a walk through the mangroves on the west side. On the east side, a boardwalk spans the reef area.

Things to see: Birds and marine life from the observation deck on the south side of the island and two boardwalks.

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You can find the latest information on Peanut Island activities on the county website.

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