A waterfront community on the Intracoastal Waterway, Riviera Beach is home to the Port of Palm Beach and a US Coast Guard Station. It has deep-water access and is also known as the “Gateway to the Caribbean” or “Riviera of America”.
If you can’t decide whether you prefer boating, scuba diving, or sunbathing on the beach, Riviera Beach and Singer Island have it all. This area of The Palm Beaches is an excellent starting point for all kinds of aquatic adventures.
Singer Island, just across Lake Worth Lagoon, has been perfecting the art of leisure for over a century. The island, named after Singer Sewing Machines heir Paris Singer, has waterfront hotels for every budget and seven miles of beaches, ranging from the golden sands of Singer Island Municipal Beach to the rambling boardwalks of Ocean Reef Park.
Riviera Beach and Singer Island Beaches
If you’re looking for sparkling waters, warm sun, and plenty of room to splash around, Riviera Beach & Singer Island, one of South Florida’s consummate vacation spots, is the place to be. Singer Island, a seven-mile-long golden stripe of pristine shoreline, includes a plethora of picture-perfect beaches, from Singer Island Municipal Beach to Ocean Reef Park—an picturesque natural beach replete with sand dunes, a boardwalk, grilling areas, and plenty of free parking.
Ocean Reef Park
Ocean Reef Park in Riviera Beach has a long guarded beach, picnic areas, children’s play area and a dune ecosystem overlook. Relax and stroll along the boardwalk to take in the splendor of this magnificent park. It’s ideal for a sunrise walk or run. Alternatively, follow the boardwalk through and along the dune ecosystem to see all of the views in this beautiful park. The wide beach has plenty of sand for relaxing and taking in the scenery. There is a picnic pavilion, grills, and single picnic tables in the park area.
Peanut Island is an 86-acre tropical park on the Intracoastal Waterway in the heart of the Lake Worth Lagoon. The park is a favorite destination for boaters and provides numerous recreational opportunities for visitors. Fishing and snorkeling are popular activities in the clear waters that surround the island.
This small island, a wonderful county park, is located at the mouth of the inlet to the Port of Palm Beach, so the water is fresh from the ocean and is thoroughly flushed with each tide.
Phil Foster Park
Phil Foster Park is the gateway to Lake Worth Lagoon with boater access to the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean, and many recreational opportunities for visitors. There is a large pier and two smaller fishing platforms for anglers
Palm Beach Princess has five-hour, coastal casino cruises.
Singer Island, part of Riviera Beach, is considered one of the top five beaches in Palm Beach County.
Named after the Singer Sewing Machine founder, Singer Island has parks, marinas, hiking and bike paths, and white sand beaches. Other attractions include a Wild Country Safari drive-through zoo, science museum, boat rides and citrus grove trolley rides.
Visitors can also enjoy superb hotels and meeting facilities on Singer Island, as well as a wide range of shopping opportunities and some of Florida’s finest restaurants.
Palm Beach Water Taxi offers daily narrated sightseeing, nature, sunset and moonlight cruises.
MacArthur Beach State Park
MacArthur Beach State Park is a nesting ground for rare sea turtles, including the endangered loggerhead and, occasionally, the rare leatherback. This tranquil haven has nearly two miles of pristine, stunning beachfront and is The Palm Beaches’ only state park. Swimming, snorkeling, and fishing in the clear blue waters of the Atlantic are just the beginning of the activities available at the Park. Don’t miss the children’s playground, nature trail, visitor center, or kayaking and canoeing on Lake Worth Lagoon.
MacArthur Beach State Park
Kirby Nature Center is the center for all activities in MacArthur Beach State Park including guided kayak tours, nature walks and rides, and Bluegrass music session. With big rock outcroppings forming a reef right at the water’s edge, this is that rare beach where you find great snorkeling without needing a boat or long swim. Snorkelers spot a great variety of reef creatures — reef squid, colorful tropical fish and schools of tarpon and snook.
Nearly two miles of beach are lined with wild sand dunes covered in native vegetation at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. There aren’t many beaches in southeast Florida that can compete with MacArthur Beach’s length and beauty. But the rest of the park is also noteworthy.