Located on a front barrier island in the Atlantic Ocean, John D. MacArthur is one of the few serene natural areas on south Florida’s coast where you can see the subtropical coastal habitat that used to cover the region in earlier days.
For a small fee, you are welcome to visit this environmental treasure and enjoy walking down the nature trails, swimming in the sea, and soaking up the sun any day throughout the year.
Location and Access
Located at the north end of Singer Island (10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive in North Palm Beach), MacArthur Beach State Park is open for visitors from 8 a.m. until sundown daily. The Nature Center closes earlier – at 5 p.m. There is ample parking. The entrance fee varies depending on the number of visitors: $4 per single-occupant vehicle, $5 per vehicle with 2 to 8 people. If you travel on foot or by bicycle you have to pay only $2. The park is ADA accessible.
The park provides all the necessary facilities such as restrooms, showers, and a picnic area. The picnic facilities include tables and grills. If you bring children, they’ll be happy to discover the park’s playground at the north end near the picnic area and restrooms. There are also kayak rentals on site available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The beach is clean and beautiful, with soft white sand and inviting aqua-blue water. The water is crystal clear – good for snorkeling. The swimming area is quite shallow, which is good for kids and weak swimmers. However, you should use caution in the water and keep a close eye on children – there are no beach lifeguard services.
If you have a fishing rod and Florida’s fishing license, bring them with you. You can fish from the non-swimming areas on the beach or in the estuary by wading, canoeing, or kayaking. Note that fishing on the boardwalk is not allowed.
The park features a Nature Center where you can learn all necessary information on the park’s sights, services, and events. Here, you can check out the numerous informational brochures or consult the Ranger at the Information Desk as well as learn details about the local ecology from short videos in the Theatre.
- 1 hour from Fort Pierce, FL
- 1 hour 20 minutes from Miami, FL
- 2 hours 30 minutes from Orlando, FL
Hotels and rentals
If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near John D. MacArthur Beach State Park which you can visit: