John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

The highlights of this Palm Beach County barrier island park include a nature center, 1.8 miles of undeveloped beach, two self-guided nature trails through subtropical hammock, and a 1,600-foot boardwalk over a mangrove-lined estuary.

Watchable wildlife:
In the estuary, check for year-round populations of osprey, brown pelican, anhinga, cormorant and snowy egret. Roseate spoonbills are occasional summer visitors. The hammocks attract warblers during migration. Several dune crossovers lead to the beach, a good place to find gulls, terns and shorebirds. Look for the tracks of nesting loggerhead, green and leatherback sea turtles in the summer. Sign up in advance for ranger-led sea turtle walks, conducted at night in June through mid-July, and for snorkeling tours of the offshore limestone reef, June though August.

Department of Environmental Protection

(561) 624-6950

In North Palm Beach, turn east off of U.S.1 onto S.R. 703 (A1A south) and drive 1.8 miles to the park.

Related Sites:
Other Southeast Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks

FWC Facts:
The spatulate bill of the roseate spoonbill has sensitive nerve endings that help it detect prey, and the shape helps the bird move sediment and catch the prey.

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