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Peanut Island: Riviera Beach

Updated: May 24, 2021

Peanut Island is a 79-acre island at the mouth of the Lake Worth Inlet in Palm Beach County, Florida. The island was created in 1918 by dredging-related projects which also created the inlet and the Port of Palm Beach.

Peanut Island is home to the US Coastguard boathouse, home and marina built between 1931 and 1941. What makes this unique is in the 60's, it was called the "Winter White House" during the 1961 Cuban Missile Crisis.

On the property was the fallout shelter and presidential quarters for Kennedy had we been nuked. The day I went they were not allowing people in the shelter but I have included a picture I found on the internet of the presidential office.

I followed the back trail behind the boathouse and found the shelter. There was a camouflaged decorated shelter in the front and around the back was a door with just a lock on it.

Beautiful Island.

Camping is allowed by boat, no beverages or food for sale (bring your own!!) but the paved walk around the whole island was pretty interesting. Lots of birds and marine life. Had a great day!

Peanut Island Shuttle Boat Services to Peanut Island: shuttle boats leaves from Riviera Beach Marina every 20 minutes. Round trip is $12 for adults. You just call them when you are ready to leave and in 5 minutes they pick up back up. Nice boat ride!


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