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“An oasis in the skyscrapers, but watch out for naked people”

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
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Owner description: Reservations accepted the working day after Memorial Day. Groups limited to 25 people.
Reviewed October 22, 2009

This is a beautiful park with a couple of nice trails, bring bug repellent if you are walking the trails, its a great place to collect some shells, I always try to bring an extra bag and pick up any garbage I find that may have drifted down from the city. Very quiet during the week however at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, DO NOT round the bend in the beach where the crooked palm grows from the sand dune unless you are looking for NAKED PEOPLE doing strange things, unfortunately the snorkeling reef is also in that area, Just watch your children if they start wandering to the left once you exit the boardwalk. Its still a great park unfortunately some people can not seem to behave properly in public places. I highly recommend but just avoid the weirdos who frequent the dunes to the left of the boardwalk..

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Reviewed June 18, 2009

This is a hidden gem in south florida. You pay a nominal fee to park your car, they have a small nature education center where you can rent kayaks for a small price. Most people park and use the boardwalk to access a beautiful and quiet stretch of beach. There are no lifeguards, but it is very peaceful and quiet, not like some of the other beaches, especially on singer island. There is a golf cart tram that carries people from the parking lot to the beach if you do not wish to walk the half mile or so to the beach.

3  Thank FL_Girl_86
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Reviewed April 1, 2009

We wanted to avoid the spring break crowd so we headed to a state park. What a wonderful surprise! There is a $4.00 per car admission fee to the park which is well worth it. Plenty of parking is available. Then, there is a 1600 ft boardwalk that goes across Lake Worth Cove which is very scenic. Along the boardwalk are informational signboards describing the flora and fauna that may be seen. The beach itself was absolutely beautiful: a wide sandy strand, waves, birds, and hardly any people. Granted it was an overcast (though warm) day, but we really enjoyed having an almost private beach! Not a beach to "see and be seen" but an ideal location just to enjoy nature.

2  Thank maryo7
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Reviewed February 27, 2009

Local's Secret! Beautiful Beach! Surprising Nature! Fun day of activities! If you want a South Beach atmosphere, go somewhere else. Snorkeling (BYO gear), hiking, kayaking, and picnicking are top things to do here. The beach is quiet and secluded so you will have space to snorkel in these clear blue waters. Check out the nature center for pics and info on local floral, fauna and fish, so you know what in the world you are looking at (also to continue their conservation). There are hiking trails but, take water since the mangroves are Hot and Humid! Watch out for spiders! My husband and I kayak on a regular basis here since it's a pretty well kept secret. Kayaks are rented from the nature center for a decent price. They rent out early during the season, especially on weekends, so be here early, like 9-9:30. This park encompasses a natural estuary with several little islands. You are not kayaking in the ocean. You are on your own though, so be responsible. Local's tip: Compare what you will be paying to kayak vs. a park membership. A membership might be the same price or cheaper and it includes free kayaking for a year (so you can come back the next day, or later, for free, parking too). Bring Bug Repellent!!!! if you are hiking or kayaking. The nature center will give you tide times also. Have fun and don't forget the sunscreen!

4  Thank 2TravelerNuts
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Reviewed November 14, 2007

Lucky Find - (thanks mostly to tripadvisor!) Learn about the local ecological system and basically, just get back to nature. Lovely walking trails with a 1,600 foot boardwalk to the most beautiful beach ever! From the boardwalk you can watch fish jumping and numerous birds in action. A shuttle is provided for those who can not walk the distance. At $4.00 per car, located directly on Route A1A, this Park was the highlight of our trip!!! Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day. A real must see!!! [--]

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