The warm and clear South Florida waters have more year-round snorkeling spots than just about anywhere else in the world.
The part of Peanut Island that lies within Singer Island, however, is a particularly great spot. The water there stays at a comfortable 85-degree average during September and there is always an array of underwater wildlife.
Peanut Island is an 80 acres island in the Intracoastal Waterways that was formed in 1918 and was named “peanut” after the island was used as a terminal for shipping peanut oil. In 1946, the plans for the enterprise fell through and the name stuck. The island possesses two separate areas that are great to snorkel, one is a small reef and then a larger lagoon, on the east side of the island where the incoming tide tends to sweep in a variety of sea life. Among the sea life, snorkelers will be able to catch a glimpse of brightly colored parrotfish and angelfish, cushion starfish and many other reef dwellers!
Peanut Island has become a very popular destination for locals and out of towners. “Many people who visit The Palm Beaches enjoy our world-class diving and snorkeling spots,” said Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO for Discover the Palm Beaches, the official tourism marketing organization for Palm Beach County. “Because of the unique geographic location and close proximity to the Gulf Stream, our waters have the largest variety and most abundant marine life found anywhere in Florida or the Caribbean. From sea turtles to stingrays, there is so much life to see around Peanut Island, the Blue Heron Bridge snorkel trail and other local dive spots.”
Peanut Island: 6500 Peanut Island Road West Palm Beach, FL 33404.