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Peanut Island

2400 North Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33480
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Type: Islands, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Owner description: Although there remains some question as to whether President Kennedy ever intended to use the 1960s...
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Type: Islands, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Owner description: 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.
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

$10 round trip boat ride gets you out to this little island where you can snorkle comfortably, eat at an old fashioned store, or just laze away at the beach. Boat will drop you off either at the dock or at the eatery if you ask ahead of time.

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Peanut Island is a man made island across from Palm Beach which came about when the inlet was developed in1920. In 1936 the Coast Guard built a station and boat house. In1961, at the time of the Cuban Missle Crisis, the government built a fallout bunker for President Kennedy, who had a home nearby on Palm Beach. You can tour... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

For years we have anchored our boat here before going to the Bahamas and we never thought to tour the island. Upon learning it was the site of JFK's fallout shelter while he was at the family enclave at West Palm, we were intrigued. The tour, $14/ person is overpriced, but if it helps to keep the location open, so... More 

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Tortola
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I have no idea why there is not a 5 knot maximum speed there, and also, why there is not a clearly defined are to swim where boats are not allowed.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Short ferry ride over to Peanut Island...nice nature preserve...walking trails....saw a baby manatee in the clear shallows in the lagoon. Took the underground bunker tour of President Kennedy's fall-out shelter....and enjoyed the intra-coastal breezes along the beeches. Learn the history of man-made Peanut Island...and stroll under the tall coconuts. A very relaxing and educational day!

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Portland, Maine
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We came across this island unexpectedly while adventuring around West Palm. It wasn't too busy the day we went, and we found a little piece of the island near the docks all to ourselves. The water is beautiful, the beach is clean and has cute walking trails, and the whole place is just relaxing. We hadn't packed a lunch (bring... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Peanut Island is great. Great snorkeling and small coves of sand with palms and thatched huts and great walking trails.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

A great place to dock your bought. A fun people watching place as well as an excellent area to snorkel!

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Not sure why this is a favorite of so many locals other than low expectations. I will admit that it is extremely clean but that is about where it ends. Keep in mind the whole island was built out of dredging so the "beach" is not a natural creation. The snorkeling is terrible (one or two types of fish, no... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a good outing for out of town guests as well as residents. If you live here, snorkeling or water fun might be your pleasure. It is not your typical beach; it is slope-y and rocky, but if you spend most of the time in the water that won't matter. What is nice for out-of-towners, is the water taxis... More 

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