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Snook Islands Natural Area
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Ecotourism in Palm Beach County

The Lake Worth Lagoon is recognized as one of Florida's most important estuarine lagoon systems and supports a rich diverse marine life.

Snook Islands MangrovesThe Sabal Palm House Bed and Breakfast is located close to many examples of Florida's natural beauty and wild life. Our home overlooks the Snook Islands Natural Area restoration project which consists of 11 acres of mangroves, 2.2 acres of oyster reefs, 3.8 acres of Spartina grass, and over 60 acres of potential seagrass habitat. The Snook Island project has effectively added 100 acres of good quality wetland habitat to the central part of Lake Worth Lagoon and is improving the poor water quality in this area. Seagrasses are already recruiting in the shallow-water habitat, birds are utilizing the open areas of shoreline and mud flats, and fishermen have reported catching numerous large snook, redfish, snapper, jacks and flounder. We are thrilled that pedestrians now have access to these beautiful islands with thee Snook Islands Natural Area Fishing Pier and Boardwalk which opened on February 29, 2012. Guests can now enjoy:

Snook Islands Natural Area

  • A 545-foot boardwalk winding around the southernmost island. A covered observation platform with benches at the end of the boardwalk, creating a spot to watch birds and fish foraging around the mangroves and sea grasses.
  • A 580-foot fishing pier on the north side of the Lake Avenue bridge.
  • A dock that will handle up to eight boats for day use and serve as a water-taxi stop.
  • A floating kayak launch with a drop-off area for loading and unloading canoes and kayaks.

Kayak Lake WorthGuest can also take a private guided kayak tour of the islands of the Lake Worth Lagoon Estuary from one to four people with Kayak Lake Worth -- also see some pictures of the our kayak tour. Learn more at


Lake Worth BicycleTake a bike ride around Lake Worth and Palm Beach with Family Bicycle Cottages of Lake Worthof Lake Worth. Albert at Family Bicycle will be happy to help you find the perfect bike for you and will even drop it off and pick it up here at the Sabal Palm House B&B. Don't miss the Cottages of Lake Worth Tour. Lake Worth, Florida is home to over 1,000 historic cottages. It's the largest concentration of cottages anywhere in Florida! Located adjacent to the downtown Lake Worth area, the city’s quaint cottages are painted in whimsical pastels and draped by a beautiful canopy of trees. Click here to view their brochure.


Sunrise at Lake Worth Beach and Fishing PierLake Worth Beach and Fishing Pier: The City of Lake Worth, with the help of FEMA, has re-opened our greatly improved fishing pier. Regular pier hours: 7am-9pm seven days a week. Pier Admission: $3 adults; $1.50 youths; $1 spectators. Pier facilities include a bait shop, restrooms, two shade structures, benches, and bait-cutting stations. You can enjoy watching the sunrise from the pier and Lake Worth's beautiful, wide beach. Enjoy looking out upon the beautiful Caribbean blue Gulfstream waters. You can look down from the pier and see large schools of fish swim past or grab a snorkel and mask to swim with them. If you like to scuba dive, you can visit Horseshoe Reef just off Lake Worth's shores.


Also nearby are the following:

Paddleboard Connection
Paddleboard Connection
Phone: 561-260-2628

Paddleboard Connection


Ready for your Palm Beach paddleboard experience? The Lake Worth Lagoon is an important part of our Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach County. This ecosystem is also known as the Lake Worth Estuary which means it is a place where fresh water meets salty ocean water. The brackish water supports a unique coastal habitat resulting in many opportunities to paddle in a natural setting within our urban South Florida environment.

Paddleboard Connection paddles regularly at natural locations within the Lake Worth Lagoon estuary. The Snook Islands, the Bingham Islands and Munyon Island are all examples of long term restoration projects managed by the Palm Beach County Environmental Resource Management Department. The Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative’s ongoing goal is to improve water quality, restoring wildlife habitat, preventing and reducing pollution and getting the community involved in caring for and about the lagoon.


2 1/2 hours $35
HALF DAY (4 Hours) $45
FULL DAY (8 Hours) $65


2 1/2 hours $45
HALF DAY (4 Hours) $65


Palm Beach Paddle Boards
Palm Beach Paddleboards
640 E Ocean Ave
Boynton Beach Fl

Palm Beach Paddleboards

Palm Beach County's source for the best quality and value in stand up paddleboards and accessories. They carry Suplove, Tahoe, Boga, and GUSU sup's, Kialoa paddles, Supwheels and many other accessories.

Rentals, lessons and tours

  • 1 1/2 hr rental $20
  • 2 1/2 hr rental $30
  • 4 hr rental       $50
Lessons - 1 hour $65
(ry and implement solutions to protect and enhance this valuable natural system.
We invite you to learn more about our work and to join us in supporting efforts to enhance fish and wildlife habitat, improve and protect water quality, and increase public awareness of the Lagoon.

TurtleCam at the Loggerhead Marine Life Center

Supported by a donation from the FPL Group Foundation, this TurtleCam at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Fla., provides interested onlookers the opportunity to view rescued Loggerhead, Green, Hawksbill and Kemp's Ridley turtles as they are nursed back to health in the sea turtle hospital.

The live webcam of the turtles can only be viewed during daylight hours. The lights are kept off at night for the turtles' benefit.

Riviera Beach Manatee Viewing Center

Look at the Lake Worth Lagoon (Intracoastal Waterway) in Riviera Beach, one of the most popular gathering spots for manatees on Florida's east coast. Each winter these endangered creatures seek refuge in the warm waters near our power plant. In April 2014, FPL unveiled plans for an innovative manatee education center for the public at the site of its clean energy center in Riviera Beach. The Key West-style center, situated along the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach County, is scheduled to open during the winter 2015/2016 season. To create a dynamic educational experience for visitors focused on endangered manatees and Florida’s environment, this center will include educational exhibits, a boardwalk, manatee viewing area and classrooms.

Camera Safari and Excursions with Claudine Laabs

Camera Safari and Excursions  with Claudine Laabs Claudine feels that wildlife does not have a voice. She would like to be the voice and remind people that we share the earth. She gives slide presentations of her photography, and leads birding and photo expeditions throughout Florida's wetlands, the Amazon and Panama. For bookings and information about expeditions, contact Claudine at 561-655-9779.

Claudine Laabs paints with light, capturing the magic of nature with her lens. She was drawn to the Everglades after being entranced by a flurry of wading birds in an Everglades pond, and her course was set--Claudine discovered that she was a naturalist at heart.

She has spent most of her career photographing prolifically in the Everglades, the Amazon, and more recently in the rainforests of Panama. Claudine's work has been published by the World Wildlife Fund and the Audubon Society, as well as in publications including Natural History and U.S. News and World Report. Her solo exhibition include Boca Raton Museum of Art and the Historical Museum of South Florida. Claudine is the past president of the Audubon Society of the Everglades, Palm Beach County Chapter.


Kayak Tours

Trail Segment MapIt’s the saltwater version of the Appalachian Trail.
The Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail is a 1,600-mile sea kayaking paradise. The trail includes every Florida coastal habitat type, from barrier island dune systems to salt marsh to mangroves. Several historical sites and points of interest are accessible by kayak along with colorful fishing communities and urban centers.

The Sabal Palm House B&B is in Region I, sections 18 & 19 of the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail. Please note that the Snook Islands Natural Area now has a new kayak launch that is closer to the Sabal Palm House B&B:

Region G

REGION I: The Gold Coast. As you head north through this region along the circumnavigational trail, the narrow Intracoastal Waterway begins to open up into the Lake Worth Lagoon and the Indian River. A huge draw is Florida's first wild and scenic river - the Loxahatchee - with its virgin cypress and historic trapper's cabin. Some motel or B&B stays are necessary in the middle portion:

Sabal Palm House B&B "looks like a great place to relax and unwind after a hard day, or days, on the trail." "A quaint, very nicely appointed Bed & Breakfast with seven guest rooms. Afternoon tea and gourmet breakfast. It is located very close (less than 1/4 mile) to the launch area at Bryant Park. Plenty of kayak storage room. "
- Geoff Wilson, Trail Keeper for Florida Paddling Trails Association

"The kayak friendly Sabal Palm House Bed and Breakfast is accessible on the other side of the Highway 802 Bridge.  Land at the Bryant Park Launch just south of the bridge. The Sabal Palm House is two short blocks north." - Office of Greenways and Trails

Begin: Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
End: Lake Worth Boat Ramp --2 blocks from the Sabal Palm House B&B
Distance: 34 miles
Section 18 Printer Friendly Guide

Begin: Lake Worth Boat Ramp--2 blocks from the Sabal Palm House B&B
End: Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Distance: 29 miles
Section 19 Printer Friendly Guide

The trail is a strategic long-term priority of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, being coordinated by the Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT), but it relies heavily on the involvement and cooperation of numerous other government agencies at the federal, state, regional and local levels, along with private outfitters, businesses, paddling clubs and individual volunteers. 

Scouting for the circumnavigational trail began in 2004 and concluded in 2007; most of the trail is now open.  A non-profit statewide support group, the Florida Paddling Trails Association, was launched in late 2007. If you are interested in being added to the group's e-mail list, contact John Norris at  For questions about the trail, contact Doug Alderson at 

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The Sabal Palm House Bed & Breakfast Inn
109 North Golfview Road
Lake Worth, Florida 33460
Tel. 1-561-582-1090
Fax 1-561-582-0933


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