North Palm Beach
By enjoyFloridaBeaches.com January 10, 2017
Located in beautiful Palm Beach County, North Palm Beach is a relaxing village getaway for individuals seeking an exceptionally high quality of life. Gorgeous beaches and a plethora of outdoor activities engage residents and visitors in a distinctive beach community that’s perfect for families.
North Palm Beach offers public beach access at Lakeside Park, which is located west of the Intracoastal Waterway, and the John D. McArthur Beach State Park that is east of the Intracoastal.
Lakeside Park is a quiet park in a natural setting with amenities that include a basketball court, playground, sand volleyball court, tiki hut picnic shelter, and beach access. It’s close to residential neighborhoods, making it easy to get to the beach. Also, the water is very sedate, since the beach is on the Intercostal Waterway, making it perfect for families with young children.
John D. McArthur Beach State Park is a short drive over the Intracoastal and is a fabulous beach for all ages, especially families with children interested in nature and wildlife. It spans nearly 2 miles with natural white sand and crystal-clear blue water. Beach services include a tram for transportation from the parking lot, restrooms, changing facilities, and showers. Popular beach activities include swimming, picnicking, surfing, fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving.
Parks and the North Palm Beach Country Club
Besides beaches, North Palm Beach is known worldwide for its recreation and leisure services programs, with one of the finest municipal golf courses and country club complexes in the United States.
Amenities at public parks in North Palm Beach range in variety beyond what is usually expected from a municipality. Park amenities include baseball fields, batting cages, sand volleyball courts, boat launches, dog parks, dry boat storage, fishing, picnic areas and shelters, playgrounds, wet boat slips, a fitness trail, and outdoor exercise stations.
A public swimming pool is located at the North Palm Beach Country Club that features 3 kiddie pools, 6 25-yard lanes, 6 50-meter lanes, diving well with platforms, locker rooms, snack bar, on-deck tiki hut rentals, picnic areas, and a pro shop. Programs at the pool include a competitive swim team, masters swim training, water polo, group swim lessons, private swim lessons, and water aerobics. There is a very modest entrance fee for residents and non-residents.
In addition to the public pool, the North Palm Beach Country Club features a village-owned and operated 18-hole, Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, which is the second municipal golf course designed by Nicklaus. The golf membership fee is very modest for both residents and non-residents, and there are several membership options.
North Palm Beach Country Club also features a public tennis center that has a very active membership. Like the golf course, the tennis center has a very modest membership fee and also has walk-in court fees.
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
The high quality of amenities for outdoor activity continues from the residential area of North Palm Beach to the John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, which lies between the Intracoastal and the Atlantic Ocean.
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park preserves the natural heritage of subtropical coastal habitat of southeast Florida, with two miles of pristine beach, a nature center, nature trails, gift shop, kayak rentals, playground, nature trails, picnicking facilities, children’s programs, guided adventures, recreational skills lessons, concerts, and summer camps.
Munyon Island, as part of the MacArthur Beach State Park, is an excellent location for eco-adventures by boaters in the shallow estuary around the island. Wildlife on and around Munyon Island includes blue seagrass, great blue heron, little blue heron, mojarras, sardines, mullet, pinfish, and snapper. Though the island is only accessible by boat and there are no bathrooms, there are covered picnic areas, grills, and a day-use only docking facility that accommodate up to 20 boats.
Eco-tours and Charters
In this very active community, water sports and eco-adventures are very popular.
Kayaking, snorkeling, and paddleboarding eco-tours are available from local vendors such as South Florida Paddle and Paddlesports4u. Guided tours include paddling through mangrove trails and around small islands, watching manatee and dolphins, and viewing all types of wildlife and sub-tropical habitat. Lessons are also available.
If you want to go on a self-guided eco-adventure, or just want to rent a watercraft, vendors like Nautical Ventures offers affordable rentals of paddleboards and kayaks. Some vendors will even drop off and pick up your rental, taking care of the transportation and leaving more time for fun.
Fishing and pleasure charters are also available in North Palm Beach, from vendors such as Captain Jack's Fishing Charters and Catamaran Mariah of Palm Beach. You can fill your day with salt water or fresh water fishing, or take the family on a pleasure cruise to watch for dolphin and other sea life.
Dining and Accommodations
There are over fifty restaurants in North Palm Beach, but only a couple of places to stay in this highly residential village that is not geared toward tourism.
Places to eat include upscale establishments like Entre Nous Bistro, Ruth's Chris Steak House, and The Melting Pot that specialize in different cuisines and offer different dining experiences. There are also several fast casual eateries, in addition to local favorites like Cod & Capers Seafood Marketplace and Café, La Fontana Pizzeria, and Duffy's Sports Grill.
Places to stay North Palm Beach are limited to a Super 8 with nice amenities, Camelot Waterfront Inn which is a B&B, and several vacation rentals. So, many visitors to North Palm Beach stay in one of the nearby resorts or hotels outside the village.