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“Lovely way to get to the beach” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Phipps Ocean Park

Phipps Ocean Park
2145 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, FL
561 585 9203
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Ranked #8 of 22 things to do in Palm Beach
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Lovely way to get to the beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Great amenities, picnic benches and spacious parking lot, all adds up to a great day out at the beach. There is easy access to the beach at a point at which I understand there is a lifeguard. Necessary given the unpredictable rip currents in this area.

Visited October 2012
2 Thank dmhLondon
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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“Nice park for a picnic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

We do love this beach park for a picnic. There is always convenient parking, maybe because of its fairly hefty parking fee, but worth it if you want a less crowded beach. The park is lovely, with great old trees, barbecue pits, and plenty of shade. This part of the beach is quite rocky, though, so be sure to bring beach shoes.

Visited February 2012
1 Thank MSM75
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Lake Worth, Florida
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“Nice beach but due to construction has become hard to assess.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

We have been going to Phipps Beach for years. It is a quiet, peaceful place to sit in your beach chair and enjoy the ocean.

Visited March 2012
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West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
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“Beautiful Beach!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

This is a great beach to visit, especially if you go earlier in the day (around 10:00am) because there is barely anyone else there. They also have free parking at the back of the parking lot (free for 2 hours between the hours of 8am and noon). Lifeguards are super friendly too! The rocks that someone else posted about are there, but there is still plenty of beach without them. They are great if you want to snorkel and look at all kinds of fish around them too! We love it!

Visited July 2012
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South Florida, Florida
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“Phipps Beach Park - Palm Beach”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

It's pretty clear that Palm Beach does not want "outsiders" visiting their shores. This is one of the two municipal beaches in this locale. One doesn't even have public restrooms. Phipps has restrooms and lifeguards, so that's good. But when you get there you'll see the markings of a place that Palm Beach ignores when it comes to grooming and maintenance. Just about anywhere else in Palm Beach you'll find impeccable cleanliness, grooming, roads, landscaping, and services. But here you'll find DANGEROUS stairs to and from the beach - DANGEROUS because (1) the narrow wooden steps are COVERED in up to 8 inches of uneven sand, step after step is very uneven like walking on uneven and moving/sliding surface that is layered on a staircase, and a very very steep staircase at that. The bottom step is nearly two feet from sand, so you have to jump or throw or fall down. Oh, and getting up is an issue for kids or anyone carrying kids or beach bags and chairs, etc. Look at an aerial view and you will see this is the worse kept beach in Palm Beach. They chose the spot with the least favorable stretch of usable beach and sand, it is loaded with sharp DANGEROUS rocks. About one third is so laden with what looks like a sheet of giant jaggedy rock, so that you cannot walk from the sand to the water without walking to one and or the other of the beach. Also, it is clear form the aerail view that Palm Beach does less to offset sand erosion at this beach vs. all the beaches in front of private homes immediately north and south of it. Oh, and PARKING is $5 PER HOUR on meters. Crazy. Go to Lake Worth municipal instead. Cheaper and far NICER.

Visited April 2012
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