Beaches & Waterways

Living at BallenIsles you’ll have access to infinite natural splendor with all Palm Beach County has to offer like unspoiled beaches
and secluded private islands.

Water is in abundance around Palm Beach Gardens. Many of us take full advantage of its serenity and alluring charm. Walking along a secluded beach, kicking back and drinking a cool one on a yacht or simply exploring one of the many natural treasures that our area calls home, the natural splendor that is near Palm Beach Gardens quickly captivates your senses. The meandering waterways are the gateway to the Bahamas and the many nearby Caribbean Islands, while our cerulean seas are home to thriving coral reefs. Palm Beach Gardens is also paradise for scuba and sport fishing enthusiasts, boaters, snorkelers and those who have a passion for being in and on the water.

  • Peanut Island
    • This unique eighty acre tropical park is situated in the Intracoastal Waterway near the Lake Worth Inlet in close proximity to Phil Foster Park, the City of Riviera Beach, and the Port of Palm Beach. The park is a favorite destination for boaters and provides numerous recreational opportunities for visitors. Fishing and snorkeling are popular activities in the beautiful clear waters that surround the island.

      A presidential compound once played a big part of Peanut Island as Jackie and John Kennedy often visited the Kennedy’s family home in nearby Palm Beach. Secluded off of Riviera Beach, on Peanut Island, a highly-secretive bomb shelter was built to protect President Kennedy and his family during the often volatile exchanges between the Soviet Union and the United States amidst fear of nuclear attack on the United States.

  • Blowing Rocks
    • During extreme high tide or after a winter storm along this serene barrier island, waves break against limestone rocks found along the southernmost tip of the Indian River Lagoon on Jupiter Island. Seawater is forced up to 50 feet in the air forcing a natural phenomenon. Its vision transcends you to a peaceful environment, in full view of beach sunflowers, indigenous sea plants along with the endangered Florida manatee. There also hiking trails, a native plant demonstration garden and a spectacular, winding sea grape path.

  • John D. MacArthur State Park
    • Home to crystal waters and an unspoiled beach, John D. MacArthur is the Palm Beach’s only Florida State Park. This magnificent ecological treasure is on a barrier island in North Palm Beach. Visitors can swim, snorkel, kayak, canoe or hike some of the magnificent scenic trails and then relax with a barbecue.

  • Busch Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Wildlife habitats are situated amongst pine flatwoods, cypress wetlands and winding nature trails inhabited by animals native to Florida. A unique refuge and wildlife hospital, the Sanctuary is home to foxes, snakes, bears,
      eagles, panthers, crocodiles and more.

  • McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Located in West Palm Beach County, McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary is a permanent home for more than 100 exotic animals. Offering hands-on educational programs for students across the state of Florida, personally-guided tours can see African lions, black and Florida panthers, leopards, owls, snakes, lemurs, various species of parrots and many more interesting creatures.

  • Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
    • Dedicated to teaching and preserving the coastal and marine ecosystems in South Florida, the Center includes an indoor museum, complete with exhibits, fish tank and gift shop. The outdoor facility has several large fish tanks, wooden trail that eventually leads to an observation tower and a natural clearing to observe butterflies. Throughout the year, guests can participate in numerous educational programs, one of which is the sea turtle nesting observation.

  • Palm Beach Zoo
    • West Palm Beaches’ Dreher Park is home to the Palm Beach Zoo. More than 1,400 animals are located within the Zoo’s 23 acres. Various environments include the Florida Pioneer Trail, Koala Forest, Tiger Falls, Tropics of the Americas, Lizard House and an interactive play fountain for youngsters. Featured animals are Black Howler monkeys, American Black Bears, Florida panthers, otters, alligators, tortoises, kookaburras, kangaroos and many more.

  • Beaches
    • With nearly 50 miles of spectacular and immaculate coastline, Palm Beach County has a beach to satisfy everyone’s unique desire for relaxation and fun. From dog-friendly beaches to quiet and secluded stretches of sand to hot spots that include restaurants, playgrounds, water sports and camping. Whatever type of beach tickles your fancy, this area will accommodate you.

      Singer Island Municipal Beach South Beach Park
      Palm Beach Municipal Beach Dubois Park
      Lake Work Municipal Beach Juno Beach Park
      Delray Municipal Beach Ocean Inlet Park
      Loggerhead Park South Inlet Park
      Peanut Island Park Coral Cover Park
      Oceanfront Park Phil Foster Park
      Anchor Park Phipps Ocean Park
      Spanish River Park Gulfstream Park
      Red Reef Park Jupiter Beach Park
      R.G. Kreusler Park Carlin Park
      Ocean Ridge Hammock Park Ocean Cay Park
      Atlantic Dunes Park Ocean Reef Park
      Lantana Public Beach
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