Posted by David Moorhouse on 5/9/2019 to News
As Summer quickly approaches so does boating and fun times at the local Sand Bar. But where to go, what to do when you get there? These questions and more will be answered in the "Sand Bar Circuit" blog series from South Wind Designs.
Beer Can Island: Boynton Beach, Florida
Just North and West of the Boynton Inlet (South Lake Worth inlet) lies a sandbar that locals call Beer Can Island. Although there is an island there, created by the spoils of the inlet construction, walking the island is not allowed as it is a protected bird sanctuary. It is owed by the Bird Island Trust, Inc. The South side of the island is bordered by the inlet seawall and all other sides are protected by large rocks placed there to protect the island and to serve as a "none shall pass" border. Frequently, people ignore the signs and explore the island anyway which almost always leads to a visit from PBC Sheriff Boats or Boynton Beach Police Boats, both of whom patrol regularly. Lately even the Manalapan boat can be seen on patrol. Especially on the weekends.
Just North of the island is Beer Can Island. It is a nice little sand bar that, on a good day, exposes dry sand the size of a football field. Get there on an incoming tide to enjoy the clearest water of the day. On the sand bar it's pretty much anything goes. Lots of kids, lots of dogs and the hard core partying is usually kept to a minimum. On most days you will see a few games of Polish Horseshoes set up and occasionally a volleyball court will expose all of those that think they can play volleyball but really can't.
On most weekends anywhere from 25 to over 100 boats will drop anchor at Beer Can Island. Some back in, some come in bow first and some anchor just SW of the sand bar. The best day by far is July 4th. On this day 200+ boats gather for a full day of Frisbee, BBQ and adult beverages. The City of Boynton Beach sets up their fireworks display just West of the sand bar and the action happens right on top of you. Use caution when you leave because it's pretty crazy.
When at BCI make sure you look out for the "Flags Sold Here" boat. That's us enjoying the sand bar and selling our famous rod holder flag poles. We usually have several on hand and also have a large assortment of flags if you need one. Cash is king but we also accept major credit cards. Isn't technology awesome?
See you out there!!