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Address: 6500 Peanut Island Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33404
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Activities: Group tours/day tour
Description: Although there remains some question as to whether President Kennedy ever...
Although there remains some question as to whether President Kennedy ever intended to use the 1960s bomb shelter built for him beneath this island, tourists come in droves to explore the bunker and enjoy the beautiful scenery. AMENITIES beach frontage, guarded and unguarded swimming beaches and snorkeling lagoon boat access only boat docks (west and east sides) (2) boat slips (18) campground, reserved tent sites (20) camping, natural areas beach (west side) chiki huts (4) fishing (saltwater) in designated areas only fire ring, group/community (in campground) (1) intracoastal waterway frontage observation deck picnic pavilions, group (first-come, first-served) (2) picnic pavilion, group (registered camper use only) (1) picnic areas with grills, single table (first-come, first-served) pier (fishing) restroom facilities walking path, paver block
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Snorkeling

We really enjoyed snorkeling on Peanut Island. So many different kinds of fish. We also took a tour of JFK's bunker. Very interesting.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Sammi972
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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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85 reviews 85 reviews
23 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

On Holiday Weekends the place is a complete zoo. Not as bad as it used to be since drinking on the island is now prohibited. Drinking on boats is still allowed and that is the only way to get to the island.

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed snorkeling on Peanut Island. So many different kinds of fish. We also took a tour of JFK's bunker. Very interesting.

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miami florida
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Took the ferry boat from Sailfish Marina $12.00 round trip on Fri 05/22/15, i dont think they run on the weekends. You can also take the ferry from Riviera Beach Marina. The clarity of the water was awesome. We took our beach chairs, and snorkels and our lunch. There are bbq grills, covered shelters, and you can camp there, (with... More 

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Oyster
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Take a short boat ride from the Salfish Marina. Before you leave you can feed the fish or shop in the Marina's gift store.We brought lunch, snorkeling gear and beach chairs with us each time we visited the island. The water is clear,and there were many colorful fish to see. You can also walk and see President Kennedy's bunker. There... More 

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Knoxville, TN
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71 reviews 71 reviews
25 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We've done peanut island a couple times. The snorkeling on the north end of the rock piles on the east side on the island is pretty good but for free you can snorkel at Phil foster park nearby. Much better and no boat ride to reach it. Note that it needs to be within 2 hours on either side of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This spot is easy to get to short enough paddle on the kayak and great for the family or dogs, my dogs enjoyed being able to swim, all the sights and smells while my wife and I paddle around the island. Now for the bad: the place is extremely crowded on the weekend, and there is a lot of dogs;... More 

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Holiday, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

this is a great little island and palm beach county's only park on an island,Beautiful state park with primitive camping facilities just east of Riviera Beach where you can snorkel, swim ,Fish or make an afternoon of it with friends and family on the boat! this seems to be a very popular place for the locals! arrive early and stake... More 

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Atlanta
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This was one of the best areas right off the shoreline I have found in Florida for snorkeling. Very casual place...you take a ferry or drive your own boat up to the island there are many places to sit by the water, they also have a large covered area with picnic tables. The history of the island is interesting with... More 

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Quebradillas, Puerto Rico
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The area surrounding was a bit too industrial for me , but that's to be expected as you catch the boat at the municipal marina. Captain Joe is great. Be sure to pack whatever you might need .

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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142 reviews 142 reviews
16 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We took our family, including teenage grandchildren, for a day and all had an amazing time. It was like a caribbean mini disney vacation .We hopped on board the $10 launch in the hard to find Riviera beach municipal marina and were disembarking witin 15 minutes. There are tropical lagoons , tiki huts,snorkeling , picnic areas and walkways in a... More 

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