On the mainland side, there's Riviera Beach Municipal Marina, Viking's Service Center, the Rybovich yard and others. Much of this area is primarily a commercial district (bordering on the Port of Palm Beach) with little nearby of interest to cruising visitors — so nothing you'd want is within reasonable walking distance. A cab or rented car can make the whole area accessible.
Peanut Island — named for its history as a terminal for shipping peanut oil — is that rather imposing chunk of land between the inlet and the ICW with the inlet channel and the Port of Palm Beach turning basin to its south. It has a campground, fishing pier, picnic facilities, restrooms, a protected snorkeling lagoon and daytime docking for small boats on a first-come, first-served basis. (Overnight dockage requires a permit).
The park is available to all as it is visited regularly by water taxis (See our Classifieds).
Also on the island, the Palm Beach Maritime Museum operates the refurbished, no-longer active Coast Guard Station and the underground bomb shelter built for President Kennedy when he had his Winter White House at Palm Beach.
The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 'til 3, when weather permits operation of the water taxis. You may, of course, dock your own boat there too. Prices vary according to specifics, for example, whether a boat ride is included!
On the mainland, the Palm Beach Maritime Museum at Curry Park is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 'til 3:30. There's a dock and admission is free. Phone is 561-832-7428,now reachable 24/7.
Immediately west of the inlet channel and turning basin is the Port of Palm Beach. While transiting this area in any direction, be on the lookout for (and stay out of the way of) the considerable commercial traffic. Remember, PORT SECURITY REGULATIONS may apply! Watch for manatee restrictions here, too.
Once you cross the inlet's boundaries, you're in the Palm Beaches — with the city of Palm Beach proper on the barrier island and West Palm Beach on the mainland.
Conceived in luxury and dedicated to the proposition that all men are not created equal, Palm Beach was for many years the ultimate winter resort and West Palm Beach was built to house the help. Even today, Palm Beach has a rarified ambience that's quite distinctive — it is, indeed, someplace very special. These days, however, so is West Palm, which has developed into much more than a bedroom community for Palm Beach's workers. It's a worthy destination in its own right. The popular City Place, with shops, restaurants, apartments, theaters, and civic buildings — even dancing fountains! — all intermixed, is not far from the water. Palm Harbor Marina, south of the Flagler Memorial Bridge, has reopened after being spectacularly rebuilt, renewed and updated! The Palm Beach Yacht Club to its north still has dockage. Clematis Street — West Palm's “main street” — is near those marinas and it overflows with activity day and night. No matter what urban pleasure you're looking for, you shouldn't be disappointed. There's a free trolley service that connects the City Place and Clematis Street districts. Check with the Downtown Development Authority about the trolley, 561-833-8873. For information about concerts and other special events, call the city's Community Events line at 561-822-1515.
The city of West Palm Beach has added new docks for non-commercial boats to stop for a visit to the city's downtown ... at no charge. Besides a great view, the docks have tables, benches and umbrellas and pedestrians are welcome to stop by too. You might enjoy a picnic if you bring your own! They're open from 5 AM 'til midnight. (Continue...)
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