By Scott S. Bateman
Singer Islands beaches are really just one long beach that goes for seven miles.
Most of the beach lines the hotels, homes and condominium complexes.
The island also has three public beaches, all of which are worth visiting for the sake of what they offer beyond the residential beaches.
Two of the public beaches have recreational amenities. The third has a convenient shopping center within walking distance for with outdoor restaurants for lunch breaks or early evening dinners.
Ocean Reef Park
The largest public beach on Singer Island is Ocean Reef Park, 3860 North Ocean Drive. It is a 12.6-acre beach that is open from sunrise to sunset. It is in the northern Riviera Beach half of the island.
Amenities include 700 feet of beach frontage, saltwater fishing, parking, picnic areas with grills, playground, restrooms and outdoor showers. Don’t worry about the “frontage”. Anyone can walking along as much Singer Island beach as they want.
It is right next to the Singer Island Marriott Hotel. The hotel has a restaurant called Waterfront Surf ‘n’ Turf Dining.
Another nearby restaurant is Coconuts on the Beach at 3700 North Ocean Drive.
Palm Beach Shores City Beach is on the southern half of the island behind Ocean Mall. Visitors pay for parking. Beach parking is from dawn to dusk only.
Ocean Mall is actually a small shopping center with a handful of restaurants and other retailers. It is convenient because visitors can combine both the beach and dining in one visit.
John D. MacArthur State Park
John D. MacArthur State Park, which divides Singer Island and Juno Beach, has another two miles of beaches.
Besides the beach area, it has recreational things to do including kayak rentals, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing and scuba diving.
The park has an entry fee of $4 for a vehicle with one person and $5 for vehicles with two or more people.