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John D. MacArthur Beach State Park






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Turtle Walks at
John D. MacArthur State Park

Turtle walks at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park for viewing nesting loggerhead turtles normally are held on Mondays and Thursdays in June and July.

Reservations are taken on the day after Memorial Day only, beginning at 9 a.m. Call 561/624-6950. Groups are limited to 12-15 people. There are no age restrictions but parents are expected to accompany their children. A fee of $5 per person or the regular admission park fee may apply.

Nesting Loggerhead Sea Turtle  ©M. Timothy OKeefe
Loggerhead covering nest

Participants assemble about 8:30 p.m. at the park's nature center for an educational program on sea turtles. Participants reassemble on the main dune crossover, about mid-way on the 1.8-mile beach, while scouts are sent north and south to locate turtles.

Hope for a breeze to keep the mosquitoes down. Sand gnats are sometimes a problem, too. Carry bug spray and a bottle of water.

Contact Information: Call 561/624-6950. Website 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.

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