Old Palm News

See the underwater wonders just off shore

July 26, 2013

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Being the premier private Club community in the Palm Beaches, Old Palm Golf Club offers a wealth of recreational activities behind its private gates. Yet, some outdoor activities you can only participate in beyond our gates, such as snorkeling in the Atlantic Ocean. One of the best and closest places to snorkel is John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. Established in 1989, it is the only state park in Palm Beach County. This protected natural landscape sprawls over 438 acres of prime real estate donated by John D. MacArthur, the late founder of Palm Beach Gardens. While the park’s four different habitats are certainly beautiful, what lies offshore is equally astounding. You’re always welcome to explore the waters on your own, or you might join one of the guided snorkeling tours that the park leads on Saturdays at 10AM. Of course, there’s no telling what you will see, but you can expect to view an abundance of marine life indigenous to Palm Beach County. The waters are usually teeming with colorful parrotfish, boldly striped sergeant majors, lobsters and yellow-accented porkfish. To find out more about these snorkeling adventures at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, call the Nature Center at 561-624-6952.


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