The Palm Beaches have a lot to offer kids this Summer when it comes to outdoor fun. Here are some of the best family-friendly beaches in Palm Beach County.
Lined with palm trees and protected waters, Dubois Park is located on the southern edge of Jupiter Inlet. Pull into the ample parking lot and you’ll notice the park doesn’t face the ocean, but rather the beautiful and historic Jupiter Inlet. Look west and you’ll see the Jupiter Lighthouse. Look east and you’ll see the mouth of the inlet leading into the shimmering ocean. A man-made barrier of natural rock and concrete shelters a pool of water, perfect for bathers of all ages. The water is replenished and cleaned by the natural currents of the inlet, and access to the swimming area is easy and well-marked. There are public bathrooms available, as well as small grills for cooking. Best of all, the calm swimming area is great for kids, and parents will appreciate how easy it is to keep track of little ones.
Phil Foster Park
Phil Foster Park is a 14.7-acre beach park nestled along the Lake Worth Lagoon, just north of the Palm Beach Inlet. The park is known as a great fishing spot and has a nice playground. What Phil Foster is best known for is a man-made snorkeling trail that winds around the south end of the island and near the pilings of the Blue Heron Bridge. While the full trail is intended for stronger swimmers, the beach access is great for kids wanting to wade around closer to shore. Families can play on the sandy beach, while enjoying the fully protected water of the lagoon (also known as the Intracoastal Waterway).
Coral Cove Park
If your kids want to see some marine life up close, then Tequesta’s Coral Cove Park is an excellent choice. Located at the northern tip of The Palm Beaches, Coral Cove looks out over the blue Atlantic Ocean. Finding a parking space is easy on all but the busiest holidays, and families will be delighted to discover picnic benches, grills, and a small playscape. Freshwater showers and restrooms are available, but the best part of this lush, well-kept park is the ocean itself. Just a few feet offshore and in just a few inches of water are water-carved rock formations, shaped by countless seasons of wave action. There in the rocks are all types of tiny fish and crustaceans, darting back and forth. A simple snorkeling face mask can unlock hours of fun and learning. Very small visitors and their parents will have fun playing in natural tidepools that form in the tide. Across the street, the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway provide excellent swimming conditions, and depths for little ones – while still allowing beach-goers to enjoy the amenities at Coral Cove Park.