Day Trip 1: Nature is Calling. Spend a Day at Peanut Island.
Take a morning ferry (runs every 15 minutes) from the Marina Village to Peanut Island (an 80-acre island oasis with beaches, a snorkeling lagoon, campground, picnic pavilions, waling path, and historic John F. Kennedy Bunker. Guarded and Unguarded Swimming Beaches provide the perfect access for bathers of all ages to enjoy the sun and fun. For visitors looking for an overnight experience, a seventeen-site Campground is available for tent campers by reservation as well as limited Natural Areas Beach Camping in designated areas.
No visit to Peanut Island is complete without taking a casual stroll on the paver pathways which wind around the perimeter of the Island. A truly unique place, Peanut Island Park has something to offer everyone!
Why the name Peanut Island?
The name Peanut was given to the island when the State gave permission for use of the island as a terminal for shipping peanut oil. Plans for this enterprise were abandoned in 1946, but the name was retained.
Popular Peanut Island Activities include the following:
Lounging on the Beach (bring your own lunch!)
Snorkeling in the protected lagoon The natural sandy shoreline slopes gently down to shallow water for everyone to enjoy. Access to deeper water is available from Swim Platforms and Ladders located off the pathway that goes across the middle of the Lagoon. It depends on the time of year and temperature of the water. Manatees can be seen year round but during winter, manatees are a common site in the Lagoon. Just remember not to do anything that alters their natural behavior, if you see one. Please don't feed them, chase them, or frighten them in any way. They like the warmer waters of the Lagoon and are a thrill for everyone to see.
There is no better way to explore all that Park has to offer than by taking a leisurely stroll around the island. A 1.25 mile paver block walking path winds around the perimeter of the island taking you to all the major facilities offered on the site. Along the way, you'll pass beautiful natural resources including tidal ponds, maritime hammocks, and mangroves. The path is well lighted at night all around the island for your safety. A non-profit organization operates a museum at the former U.S. Coast Guard Facility located on the south-side of Peanut Island. Among the highlights of this facility is a tour of the historic John F. Kennedy Bunker that was constructed to serve as a temporary command post during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the early 1960's. For information on the museum and their operating schedule call the Palm Beach Maritime Museum at 561-832-7428 or 561-723-2028.
The park is an excellent location for anglers to test their saltwater skills in the beautiful waters of the Lake Worth Lagoon. Anglers are invited to use the Fishing Pier located on the northeast side of the island. This special facility is open for fishing twenty-four hours a day. There's no better way to enjoy a relaxing day (or night) of fishing! While fishing is permitted in most areas of the park, anglers are reminded the activity, including cast netting, is prohibited in Designated Swimming Areas and on all Docks (including Floating Docks), Boardwalks, and Observation Areas. Frozen bait available in the marina office.
Located along the paver walkway on the south-west corner of the island, the park features a large, shaded Observation Deck that offers panoramic views of the Lake Worth Lagoon, the nearby port facilities, and surrounding communities.
Trip 2: Overnight Stay on Peanut Island.
For those looking to extend their stay on Peanut Island, a 17-tent camping site is available for use.
For your convenience, the park offers restroom facilities in several areas of the island including the east-side picnic and campground area, west-side tidal basin area, and the lagoon. Pole showers are available for visitors to rinse off the saltwater and sand. Campers staying overnight in the Reserved Campground enjoy warm indoor showers.
To reserve your tent camping site, please call 561-845-4445. The marina offers overnight parking for a small fee.
Trip 3: Eco-Discovery Tour
Come with family, friends, or by yourself and explore how our marine and sea life ecosystem grows with such beauty here in South Florida. Get Wet Watersports, The Loggerhead Marinelife Center, and Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center™ have all teamed up with the Marina Village to give you a private and completely customized eco tour like no other.
Our high-end shuttle service will pick you up at the Riviera Beach Marina Village where we’ll take you to our first stop, the Sea Turtle Hospital at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Florida. Once there you will meet your dedicated education docent who will be your tour guide for the entire visit. The Sea Turtle Hospital at Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a unique Palm Beach experience you won't soon forget! Enjoy up-close encounters with the Center's sea turtle patients in 15 viewable recovery tanks, learn about Florida's coastal ecosystems in LMC's interactive exhibit hall, and get an exclusive, behind-the-gates tour of our indoor and outdoor sea turtle hospital areas to get a closer look at the Center's exciting, groundbreaking rehabilitation and global conservation work.
Now it's time to shuttle south to Manatee Lagoon and see if we can catch some of our gentle giants (manatees) enjoying the warm water outflow from FPL’s Riviera Beach Clean Energy Center next door.* Manatee Masters will personally guide you through our exhibit space, showcasing manatees and their Lake Worth Lagoon home. Located on the shores of the Lagoon, the building’s extensive observation decks offer panoramic views of the busy waterway and local landmarks.
After playing with all our friends it's time to kick back and grab some lunch. We’ll head back to the Marina Village where you’ll have your choice to eat at the on-site Rafiki Tiki cafe or bring your own lunch and use the picnic area on our beautiful sandy beach. Food delivery is also available upon request.
Following lunch, you will have your choice to kayak or paddle board around Peanut Island. Get in the water with one of our guides and see firsthand all the beauty that mother nature has to offer (snorkel gear included upon request) and let our staff show you different wildlife while learning the history of Peanut Island, Singer Island, and Palm Beach Island.
*Conditions have to be right for manatee viewing at ML. Weather is primary determinant.
Ready to take on the water and rent a boat or watercraft? Peanut Island, Munyon Island and Singer Island are all popular destinations for area boaters. Cruise, fish, or just experience the beauty of the Intracoastal Waterway from a rented boat. On-site vendors include Blue Water Boat Rental and are open 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday Through Sunday.
Rent paddleboards and kayaks by the hour to get an up and close experience with our waterways. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the pristine water, sneak up on the fish with rod & reel, or if you’re just looking to improve your core exercises, paddleboards are the way to go! Convenient beach access from the Marina Village creates easy access to the beautiful waters of Palm Beach and Peanut Island, it is the perfect environment for stand up paddle (SUP) boards and Kayak.
Finish the day with a sunset dinner cruise aboard the Majestic Princess featuring a 3 course dinner and spectacular views. For more information visit (link back to our dinner cruise page).
Trip 6: Take the Plunge!
Is scuba on your checklist of things to do? Marina Village has the perfect trip for you. It is no surprise Florida is one of the top scuba diving destinations in the world. Due to its miles of coastline, crystal blue water, and year-round warm weather, Florida has it all for those who seek an unforgettable adventure.
Divers have the option of diving with experienced local divers, or with our crew dive guide, or taking a flag and having their own dive experience. Explore ship wrecks and drift through wonderful marine life. Colorful reefs, massive schools of fish, lobstering, underwater photography - it's all here, and just minutes from the dock. Whatever your scuba diving interest or experience level, we have it all.
Riviera Beach Marina Village will transform the city's working waterfront into a modern, vibrant and exciting destination to be enjoyed by both residents and visitors alike. The brand new Riviera Beach Marina Event Center will be home to a two-story restaurant, a café, and several meeting and banquet rooms that can accommodate groups and clubs, family events and business gatherings for anywhere from 10 to 300 people.