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5-day Singer Island staycation planner for a family with kids

Staycation Idea: Singer Island
Sunrise on Singer Island
Posted at 4:25 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2021-06-26 11:45:21-04

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — WPTV's NewsChannel 5's Taste and See South Florida went to check out Singer Island and all of its nearby attractions and amenities. Below you will find a suggested vacation planner for those who want to keep their distance because of the coronavirus but still have a little fun on Singer Island.

Interactive Singer Island Staycation Map

Seven-day Singer Island staycation planner for a family with kids

Day 1 - Check-in - Water Slide Day

This day you want to keep simple since this is probably the most hectic part of your staycation and when you need to coordinate everyone and everything and remember to pack everything. But, hey, if you forget something, your home is only a few miles away.

For this staycation, I picked the beachside Marriott Singer Island Resort and Spa because it has a full kitchen (with pots, pans, cutlery, etc.) including a stove, dishwasher, and a washer and dryer (so you can take care of those wet sandy clothes right away). Plus they have deals right now. The resort has one and two-room suites with walk-in closets (they feel like condos). This is helpful because of the pandemic going you can use your room as a quarantine home base as you overlook gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal.

Before you cross the Blue Heron Bridge, you can pull into Publix and get your family food, beer, wine, and anything else they might need. After you cross the bridge you can stop by Singer Island Liquor Booth if you need any spirits (You'll probably have already done your shopping, I'm only throwing these options in here just so you know they are available nearby.).

Check in to the resort. It's required that you wear your mask in public places like elevators.

Once in your room, put away everything and now all the work is done we can start our 'keep it a simple day' and head for the Lagoon Pool and Cantina. There is a three-story water slide that will keep the kids entertained for hours. There is a quiet pool around the corner if the adults aren't 'feelin' all the noise'.

For dinner, keep it easy, and either put a frozen pizza in the oven or try delivery from the island's pizza joint, Pizza Lino.

End the night with a movie (you can log into your subscription services on the smart TV).

Day 2 - Beach Day - See the Reef

You can cook breakfast in your room and then head down to the beach. Your resort fee includes snorkel gear, wakeboards and gear for other water activities. There is the only natural living reef in front of a hotel in Palm Beach County, just a few yards out after you pass large rocks in the water. For beginner snorkelers, you'll want to do this at low tide, experts will get wonderful views of other marine life during high tide.

For dinner, you can try Singer Island's Mulligan's Beach House Bar & Grill (If you don't want to dine in public you can order through Uber Eats, Delivery Dudes, or Bite Squad.).

Day 3 - John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

You'll need a lot of energy for this day, so you might want to stop at the lobby downstairs for some Starbucks coffee. John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is Palm Beach County's only state-run park. This is a great area to rent a paddleboard from Riviera Beach Marina and drop it into the water. The park has a sparsely populated beach, fishing, bird watching, wading or kayaking, camping, hiking, snorkeling, paddling, scuba diving, swimming, boating, beach, picnic area, shelling and a nature center. It costs $6 per car to get into the park.

For dinner, the Sailfish Marina has a wonderful upscale seafood menu with laidback vibes and sunset views of Peanut Island (closed due to COVID-19), the Intracoastal, and many yachts.

Day 4 - Phil Foster Memorial Park

Under the Blue Heron Bridge is a beach park with two lifeguard stations and white sandy beaches. You can follow the Underwater Snorkel Trail and see marine life like seahorses. There are also covered picnic areas with scenic views of the Intracoastal for lunch (there is a Subway nearby). If you have a boat, you can run home and drop it in the water at this location or you may want to rent jet skis or wave runners from Get Wet Water Sports located on the other side of the bridge.

For dinner, you can class it up a bit and sit oceanfront and fine dine at 3800 Ocean located at the resort.

Dinner at 3800 Ocean at the Marriott Singer Island

Day 5 - Spa, golf, and other activities

It's always nice to end a vacation with a massage. You can go downstairs to the Si Spa and add in their new Hydro Facial. The health safety protocols are more strict at the spa. You'll get your temperature checked as well. Then there are a few more activities near the resort listed below that you can check out.

Alternative Attractions near Singer Island

Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Loggerhead Marinelife Center just a few miles north in Juno Beach is a world-class facility focused on ocean and sea turtle conservation. You can enter the facility for free and see turtles that are healing at the hospital. They ask for a small donation.

Manatee Lagoon

Florida manatees gather in the warm-water outflows of Florida Power & Light Company’s power plant, especially during cold weather. CLOSED BECAUSE OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

North Palm Beach Country Club

The public club offers golf, dining, tennis and a pool.

Ocean Reef Park

Here you'll find a beach, fishing, parking, restrooms, showers, picnic areas, playground and a group pavilion.

Rapids Water Park

The venue has "42 of the biggest, wettest, wildest slides and attractions." Check their website for hours.