Boca Raton / Delray Beach / Boynton Beach
Your host recommends that you consider visiting the following beaches in the surrounding area:
Ocean Front Beach Park
Ocean Front Park, is a premier beach attraction in Palm Beach County. The park is located within walking distance of downtown Boynton Beach, which features restaurants, boat charters, paddle boarding and jetski rentals. Oceanfront Park provides visitors with a spacious boardwalk, on-site parking, handicap accessibility, playground, barbeque and picnic areas. The park also includes the Sand Dollar Grill with fresh, homemade food and beverage choices.
Ocean Ridge Hammock Park
North of Ocean Ave on A1A, Hammock Park is a semi-secluded beach. Nestled in a raised green-canopied area with a wooden walkway and observation platform to the beach, it’s the perfect intro for those who want that serene beach experience. Bring your book, then lie back and enjoy.
Spanish River Park
offers a mile and a half of beachfront in this 95-acre park, which runs from the ocean to the Intracoastal. An excellent place to swim, sun, as well as, fish, walk, jog, canoe or kayak along with a designated surfing area on north end.
DIRECTIONS: Take Yamato Road east to Federal Highway, south to Spanish River Boulevard, then east to Ocean Boulevard and a short distance south.
Restrooms, showers, picnic shelters with grills, nature path and large playground. The boat dock is closed and in the process of being rebuilt.
Red Reef Park
located on both sides of North Ocean Boulevard (State Road A1A), one-half mile north of Palmetto Park Road. The 67-acre park contains public beaches, with snorkelling, picnic areas, golf course and the Gumbo Limbo Environmental Center. The park is open daily from 08:00 through 22:00. The Gumbo Limbo Environmental Center is open Monday through Saturday 09:00 through 16:00 and Sunday 12:00 (noon) through 16:00.
DIRECTIONS: Take Yamato Road east to Federal Highway, south to Spanish River Boulevard, then east to Ocean Boulevard and a short distance south to 1400 North Ocean Boulevard (pass Spanish River Park).
Delray Municipal Beach
is one of the most accessible and beautiful beaches in South Florida and was selected by Travel Holiday magazine as the top public beach in the south-eastern United States for swimming and one of the top 35 beaches in the country. Sand quality, water warmed by the gulf stream current, and safe waves were all cited as factors contributing to their choice of Delray Municipal Beach.
The City of Delray Beach contracts a beach cleaning service and a cabana rental company to insure year-round enjoyment of the Municipal Beach for residents and visitors. The Municipal Beach has five parks with parking areas for automobiles in addition to parallel parking along Ocean Blvd.
Atlantic Dunes Park
Atlantic Dunes Park in Delray Beach is one of just a few public shorelines in town. Located well enough south of the busy Atlantic Avenue area of town, Atlantic Dunes tends to be a much quieter spot for sunbathing and enjoying the surf. Parking for the beach is located on the west side of A1A and is metered. Across the street, a boardwalk takes you up past showers and restrooms to picnic areas and a pavilion. The beach is guarded and also has “surf chairs” available for handicapped patrons who need access to the beach. The park is located north of Linton (there’s a bridge over the intracoastal there and at Atlantic) on A1A.
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, West Palm Beach
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is named after the previous owner, John D. MacArthur, who wanted to preserve the area for future generations. This area is a biological treasure, an area to be protected, enjoyed and studied. In the 1970s, Mr. MacArthur donated a section for use as a public park. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has contributed additional funds to develop the park and nature center. The park is located in northern Palm Beach County on at the North end of Singer Island, 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive. The park is open from 8am until sundown 365 days a year. The entrance fee is $5.00 per vehicle, maximum of 8 people. Park visitors can participate in a variety of recreational activities, including kayaking, fishing, bird-watching, and snorkelling.
From the NORTH or SOUTH
Take I95 to PGA Boulevard
(SR-786 E exit- exit number 79AB)
Exit to PGA Boulevard EAST – 3.03 miles
PGA Boulevard crosses US#1 and becomes State Road 703
Continue EAST 2.07 miles to PARK ENTRANCE on left.
For more information call the Nature Center at (561) 624-6952.
Haulover Beach Park, Bal Harbour
Haulover is probably the most popular government-sanctioned clothing optional beach in America.
Situated south of Fort Lauderdale, en route to Miami, Haulover Beach Park is nestled between the Intercostal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, it has pristine white sand shores, open ocean surf, various shaded picnic facilities, beautifully landscaped sand dunes, and concession stands. The beach is ideal for surfing as well as swimming. Because clothing is optional, some visitors remained clothed.
The northern end of the beach is also gay friendly.
Parking costs $5.00 per vehicle. The parking lots open at about sunrise and close at sunset. There are pedestrian tunnels under Collins Avenue leading from the parking lots.
From the NORTH
Take I95 south (Miami) to Ives Dairy Road
Exit at Ives Dairy Rd., go east 1.2 miles to US-1
Turn right onto US-1.
In 0.6 miles turn left onto SR 856 (William Lehman Causeway) Be careful not to turn left into Aventura Mall before you get to SR 856.
Drive east for 1.6 miles and exit south onto A1A.
In 1.6 miles go to SR 826 and continue south underneath the overpass.
Drive 0.8 miles look carefully on the right for signs for the North Beach Parking Lot.
Address: 10800 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour, FL 33154