West Palm Beach is an easy gateway to a ton of great beach towns along the southeast coast of Florida, and that leaves you with a lot of choices when it comes to deciding which stretch of sand you’re going to sink in your toes into. If you’re in the market for a relaxed family-friendly hangout, a place to have a beachside barbecue, or want a more adventurous spot perfect for snorkeling, this list should have you covered.
If you want to feel like a local, hit up Spanish River Park. This one’s clean, uncrowded, and picturesque, so it’s perfect if you are looking for a spot to throw down a beach blanket and spend the afternoon doing absolutely nothing. (Where do we sign up?)
Perfect for: Relaxing
Parking: $16 on weekdays, $18 on weekends and holidays
Map it: 3001 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton, FL
Gulfstream Park is often considered a hidden gem when it comes to Boynton Beach, mostly due to its small size and low-profile. It also comes with handy shaded picnic tables for when you want a break from the sun and a nice little park area with a playground and swings for the kids.
Perfect for: Families
Parking: Free, but the lot is small so we recommend arriving early in the day
Map it: 4489 N. Ocean Blvd., Boynton Beach, FL
If you’re a more active beach-goer, Delray Municipal Beach is the spot for you. Here you’ll find surfing, sailing, kite-flying, Frisbee-throwing, and some of the best swimming in Southeast Florida. There are also seven well-maintained volleyball courts available for public use, you just need to bring your own ball.
Perfect for: Beach sports and swimming
Parking: $1.50 per hour
Map it: South Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, FL
Are piers are your thing? Do you like to fish? Head to Juno Beach Park for panoramic views of the Atlantic along the 990-foot span of its pier. There’s a bait shop on-site for easy access to tackle, and they even rent poles (for around $15), so you don’t need to bring any equipment with you. If you have a successful day, the park also has grills available for the ultimate self-caught-fresh-catch dining experience around.
Perfect for: Fishing
Map it: 14775 U.S. Hwy 1, Juno Beach, FL
The main beach in the area is Carlin Park, and this is a spot that has it all: a large amphitheater, Civic Center, bocce, tennis and volleyball courts, and a large section of shaded picnic pavilions and playgrounds. It also has some of the softest sand in Palm Beach County.
Perfect for: Families and larger groups
Map it: 400 S. State Road A1A, Jupiter, FL
With almost two miles of stunning beachfront, John. D. MacArthurState Park is nestled on a barrier island, and perfect for exploring. You’ve got the Atlantic Ocean on one side for swimming and snorkeling, and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other which is perfect for kayaking or canoeing. There are also a number of short walking trails and a nature center to explore as part of the larger state park.
Perfect for: Nature lovers
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Map it: 10900 Jack Nicklaus Dr, North Palm Beach, FL
We’re going to stick with the namesake for this one, and recommend Palm Beach. Its close proximity to the ritzy Worth Avenue makes it an ideal place to get in a seaside stroll without even having to take off your shoes, and maybe get some solid window-shopping in while you’re at it. Also, if you happen to be an early riser, the Worth Avenue clock tower makes a pretty great photo op at sunrise.
Perfect for: Shopping, brunching and beaching
Map it: 375 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, FL
Coral Cove Park is a one-stop-shop if you’re looking for a quiet beach that’s good for relaxing, but still has plenty to do. It’s primarily known for its snorkeling, so come equipped to check out the tropical fish and seahorses. It also has excellent access to the Intracoastal Waterway (which is a great spot for paddle boarding, by the way), and the Blowing Rocks Nature Preserve for more dramatic surf.
Perfect for: Snorkeling, relaxing, and everything in between
Map it: 1600 S. Beach Road, Tequesta, FL
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