After enjoying Florida’s natural beauty found throughout the grounds and the golf course of Old Palm Golf Club, residents can venture out to enjoy the state’s other natural attractions, particularly its beaches. Palm Beach County is home to some of the most beautiful and unique beaches found on Florida’s east coast. Here are a few of the beach parks we recommend.
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
Just a short drive from Old Palm, this park is located on a barrier island called Singer Island and is perfect for those who want a full day of activities. Spanning hundreds of acres of land and submerged land, the park is a well-known sea turtle nesting ground and a haven for plenty of threatened or endangered native species of flora and fauna. Visitors can fish, kayak, and canoe in the lagoon and in the lake, which can be crossed by a 1,600 foot boardwalk.
The beach itself is a two-mile stretch of pristine white sand ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and surfing. Inside the lagoon and also part of the park is Munyon Island, an uninhabited patch of wilderness which can be accessed by kayak or boat and features picnic areas and hiking trails.
Juno Beach Park and Fishing Pier
Juno Beach is even closer to Old Palm. This park offers free parking and covered picnic areas. Walk through the mounds covered with sea grapes and sea oats to get to the wide expanse of unspoiled, white sand beach. Life guards are on duty, and visitors are allowed to bring their dogs and even take them off-leash. Aside from the beach, Juno Beach Park is known for its 990 foot fishing pier, where fishing enthusiasts can also find a bait shop and food concession store.
Coral Cove Park
A short drive from Old Palm, this park and guarded beach span almost 15 acres. This family-oriented park has picnic areas, a playground, and designated swimming and fishing areas. What makes this beach unique are the low Anastasia limestone and reef formations found on the shoreline. High tide is the best time for snorkeling. During low tide, the limestone rock formations beautifully covered with emerald sea grass, are exposed along with large patches of multicolored sea shells.
Blowing Rocks Preserve
Old Palm residents must travel out of Palm Beach County into Martin County to get to this beach. This 73-acre environmental preserve owned by the Nature Conservancy is located on the barrier island called Jupiter Island. It is a worthwhile drive because this preserve is home to the largest Anastasia limestone outcropping on Florida’s east coast.
Unlike the formations in Coral Cove Park, these formations are much taller. During high tide, breaking waves hit through the crevices in the limestone and spray plumes of water up to 50 feet high. Limestone caves are revealed during low tide, which makes this location a magical spot for photographs.
The preserve also has hiking trails, beach dunes ideal for birdwatchers, and reefs supporting hundred of species of fish, sea turtles, coral, and other marine life — great for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Old Palm residents looking to explore areas out of the community, while continuing to experience Florida’s natural beauty, do not have to travel far. The beautiful beaches in Palm Beach County are just a short drive away.
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