Riviera Beach is a slice of paradise fringed by sugar-white sand, swaying palms and postcard-perfect barrier islands. The neighbourhood is set in the heart of Florida’s Palm Beaches strip and is known as the Gateway to the Caribbean. Tee off on world-class golf courses, get up close with friendly manatees and make a splash with family-friendly water sports.
Things to do in Riviera Beach
Water taxis depart from the Riviera Beach marina and whisk you to Peanut Island. It’s marooned in Lake Worth Lagoon and is fringed by palm-lined beaches. Bask on the sand, cool off in the crystalline water and snorkel with colourful fish. Paved trails meander across the island and take you to lush palm groves and sun-dappled picnic pavilions.
Florida is a golfer’s paradise and Riviera Beach puts you within striking distance of some of the state’s top courses. There are options for every occasion, from laid-back public courses like Lone Pines to prestigious courses like The Breakers. Look out for iguanas basking on the greens.
Manatee Lagoon gets you up close with Florida’s most famous residents. The adorable marine mammals flock to the warm waters of the lagoon during the winter months, with excellent views from the observation deck. In addition to manatee viewing, the lagoon offers family-friendly activities like art classes, waterfront yoga and educational lectures.
Parasailing, kayaking and jet skiing are just some of the water sports on offer at Riviera Beach. Fishing boat charters take you to legendary angling spots like Sailfish Alley, where you can reel in trophy-sized game fish.
Getting around Riviera Beach
Riviera Beach is located in the Miami metropolitan area, a 10-minute drive from West Palm Beach and 1.5 hours from Downtown Miami. The neighbourhood is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Miami International Airport is a 1.5-hour drive away.