John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is the only state park in Palm Beach County.
The park is one of the best attractions on Singer Island, although technically it lies between Singer and Jupiter Island. It offers a wide variety of recreational activities.
The park toward the north end of the peninsula has nearly two miles of beach. It also has:
- Kayaking rentals
- Wildlife viewing
- Scuba diving
Anyone who is staying at any of the Singer Island hotels will not find that the beach is much different than any other beach on the oceanfront. Instead, they may go there for some interesting things to do they can’t get at their hotels.
The beach does offer one special attraction. It is a prime nesting ground for sea turtles from early May through late August. Rangers offer guided sea turtle walks in season.
Both single and double kayaks are available for rent. The cost for single kayaks is $12 an hour, $30 for a four-hour half day or $50 for a full day. Double kayaks are $18 an hour, $45 for a half day and $60 for a full day.
The park website says it has two picnic pavilions with a total of 19 tables in addition to other tables that are not part of the pavilions. They are the North Pavilion and the Nature Center Pavilion. Grills are available at each pavilion. Each one costs $100 per day to rent.
The more secluded North Pavilion has 10 tables and can handle about 80 people. It has restrooms, water and electricity.
The Nature Center pavilion has nine tables and can accommodate about 72 people. Electricity is available. Restrooms, snack machines and a water fountain are nearby.
Other features include a visitors center, playground, amphitheater, shower station and interpretive exhibits.
The park is open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year. Entrance costs $4 for a vehicle with one person and $5 for vehicles with two to eight people.