Blowing Rocks Preserve, Florida

Blowing Rocks Preserve, Florida  is a unique habitat preserve that is owned by the Nature Conservancy. It is located along Hobe Sound on Jupiter Island in Martin County, Florida. Visitors can see what natural Florida looks like. The combination of ocean waves and natural limestone outcroppings results in magnificent sea spray that shoots up into the air at regular intervals. The preserve is easily reached via the I-95 Florida corridor or A1A/US 1. The Preserve is located about 100 miles from Miami and about 235 from Jacksonville. Hobe Sound is one of a long chain of barrier islands along the so-called Treasure Coast of Florida. There are state parks with beaches on some of these islands as well as resorts and individual hotels.

Surf and lighting Blowing Rocks Preserve, Hope Sound FloridaTo the north, the closest beach is Vero Beach. Its public beaches include South Beach and Humiston Park. Between Jupiter Island and Vero Beach, there are beach communities including Hutchinson Island South, Ocean Beach, North Beach, Pepper Park and Queens Cove. Treasure Coast beaches are warm and sunny most of the year, making them perfect for visitors who want to escape a cold winter. These Atlantic beaches are more isolated from big crowds and commercialism, even if they are part of a resort area. There are many natural beaches and nature parks to attract those who enjoy bird-watching or hiking. Sea-shell hunting is also more rewarding. The inland waterway offers more opportunities for water sports, skiing, boating, and fishing. From Vero Beach, visitors are within an hour of the Cape Canaveral Space Center.

To the south, the best known beaches are within the boundaries of the West Palm Beach area. Before reaching West Palm Beach, there are beaches near Tequestra and Jupiter, Florida. There is also the Sea Colony community with its resorts. Further south, Juno Beach offers its own beach accommodations and beach access. West Palm Beach includes the beach towns of Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, North Palm Beach and Palm Beach. These beaches offers many hotels and resorts that are part of a bustling metropolitan area with attractions, shopping and dining. There are many upscale boutiques, trendy clubs and a more exclusive atmosphere. Spas and salons are plentiful. Palm Beach International Airport brings in about 5.5 million passengers to the area yearly.


Port St. Lucie, Florida

The beaches of Port St. Lucie, Florida, on the eastern coast of Florida, span over twenty miles. They boast stunning views, pristine sand, and water favorable for many aquatic activities. Weather in the area is excellent virtually year round.

Frederick Douglas Beach is an ideal destination for families and fishing enthusiasts. It is protected by trained lifeguards in peak season and has areas for snacking and grilling. A number of sports can be played on and around the beach. The boardwalk is handicap accessible, and showers make cleaning up after a busy day much easier.

Beach, Port St. Lucie, FloridaFor those looking for something more secluded and quiet, Blind Creek is a great choice. This beach is typically sparsely populated and does not have lifeguards at any time during the year. This beautiful spot is perfect for couples and individuals looking for a relaxing experience on the sand.

If outdoor recreation is a priority, the best option is Pepper Park beach. Courts are available for tennis, volleyball, basketball and more. Families with young children will appreciate the large playground, and the beach is handicap accessible. A similar destination is Jaycee Park, which also offers lifeguard protection and plenty of areas for picnics and grilling.

For safe and clean year round swimming, the South Beach Boardwalk offers family changing facilities with showers, full time lifeguards and multiple covered eating areas. This is a popular location for young families and those wishing to host parties or family gatherings.

Fishing and boating are possible at a number of locations, but one of the best for these pastimes is South Causeway Island. A large boat ramp is available, along with some great spots to catch a fish or two. Nearby Walton Rocks Beach, also popular for fishing, is the only beach in Port St. Lucie where dogs are permitted on the sand.

One of the most popular attractions on the Port St. Lucie beaches is horse riding. Frederick Douglas offers gentle rides along the waterfront and sunset trots for unforgettable views. Hutchinson Island is a more secluded area to experience breathtaking views while letting the horse navigate the rocky terrain.