When I think of John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, I think of shade, and trees, and tangles of mangroves. Of smiling people and offers of free things, kayaking lessons and children’s programs and more. Of the vast walkway that traverses a lagoon, and the free shuttle that stops and picks you up. Of people laughing and carrying beach towels.
And I love to think of its beach. When you finally get to it, it stretches out in a vast sweep of golden sand, with the Atlantic playing her sweet lullaby against it. The only high rise that’s close is a massive dune on the north side of the walkway. The buildings to the south are so far away they are merely silhouettes.
Nestled on a barrier island, the Park is the only state park in Palm Beach County, an idyllic natural treasure in the midst of an urban jungle. It boasts almost two miles of pristine beach and swimming, snorkeling, fishing, educational programs, nature trails, kayak rentals, mangrove swamps and impressive dunes. Other amenities include a nature center, gift shop, children’s playground, and picnicking facilities.
And if all that isn’t enough, I have yet another excuse for you to check it out. You can surf down to the Park and listen to the Conch Stomp Band play Bluegrass Music, Aug. 11, 2013, 2 – 4 p.m. The event is free with park admission. Call the Nature Center for more information at 561- 624-6952.
Because who couldn’t stand a dose of honest, pure Bluegrass tunes—for free, by the beach?
Directions: John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is located 2.8 miles south of the intersection of U.S.1 and PGA Blvd. on A1A in North Palm Beach.