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Riviera Beach's Peanut Island Named Among Best Snorkel Spots In The U.S.

One Palm Beach County island may be home to some of the best snorkeling in the country.

Yahoo! Travel recently named the 12 best snorkel spots in the United States (in no particular order), and Peanut Island in Riviera Beach made the list, along with some other Florida favorites.

Snorkeling enthusiasts with peanut allergies should not be alarmed, of course. The name was given to the island because of old plans to use it as a terminal for shipping peanut oil—but it never happened.

Situated along the Intracoastal Waterway, the 80-acre tropical park is known for its clear waters surrounding the island, which are perfect for swimming, fishing and, yes, snorkeling.

Travel writer Melinda Crow wrote about Peanut Island's perks in her Yahoo! article: "The list of ocean-going sea life that you might see here is a long one, and includes squid, rays, octopus, and brilliantly colored tropical fish. The best time for snorkeling is around high tide. The waters here are a comfortable 85-degrees well into September."

We all know Florida's snorkeling scene is the most enchanting. So it makes sense that five of 12 spots on the list are right here in our state.

The other four snorkeling locales were: John Pennecamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, the Sombrero Reef Marine Sanctuary in Marathon, Dry Tortugas National Park in Key West, and Crystal River for its manatees.

(Image via Flickr/Robert Pittman)

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