Peanut Island was originally created in 1918 as a result of material excavated when the Lake Worth (Palm Beach) Inlet was created. Originally just 10 acres Peanut Island today comprises approximately 80 acres due to continued maintenance dredging of the inlet and the ICW. Peanut Island is a public park that is popular with small powerboaters who anchor around its perimeter and party in the shallow, sandy-bottom water that extends out into the ICW. (There are also 18 boat slips available for day use only.)
Swimming areas, kayaking lagoons and terrific snorkeling are among the draws of Peanut Island. There are paved walkways with scenic outlooks. A bomb shelter on the south side of the island that was abandoned after JFK’s assassination in 1963 was close to ruin when the Palm Beach Maritime Museum took over in the 1990s. Island facilities include picnic shelters, restrooms and a dredged boat basin on its northwest side for dinghy tie-up.
The Waterway Guide Team has gained extensive boating knowledge over the years, and now we are sharing all of the tips, skills and tools we’ve picked up along the way!