Blowing Rocks Preserve, Hobe Sound

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#262 of 619 in Wildlife in Florida
Blowing Rocks Preserve is an environmental preserve on Jupiter Island in Hobe Sound, Martin County, Florida, USA. It is owned by The Nature Conservancy. It contains the largest Anastasia limestone outcropping on the state's east coast. Breaking waves spray plumes of water through erosion holes; the spray can reach heights of 50ft. This distinctive spectacle thus earned the limestone outcrop's name. The limestone outcropping also encompasses coquina shells, crustaceans, and sand.The preserve also features several coastal ecotones, including maritime hammocks, mangrove wetlands, and beach dunes. Common native species include sea grapes, gumbo limbo, and Sabal palms. Invasive exotic plants are removed in order to preserve indigenous flora. The preserve includes an educational center, native plant nursery, boardwalk, oceanside path, and a butterfly garden. The Hawley Education Center features rotating natural history and art exhibits, and offers environmental education classes and workshops. A boardwalk along the Indian River Lagoon contains interpretive signs about the plants, wildlife and area environment.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Water in that area is super clear. You can see marine life just swimming by (turtles, fish, dolphin). Also watching the water blow up from under the coquina rocks that have formed along the beach is s...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    What a neat place!!! Great for pictures, swimming and sunbathing. My daughter loved the rock formations. The water is beautiful as well as the scenery. People brought umbrellas and blankets. Very rela...  more »
  • July 25, 2017
    IT is absolutely beautiful. Bring water shoes, so you don't hurt your feet on the rocks, which are in the surf, and on the beach, which is made of these rocks. $2/ admission for adults, free for kids ...  more »
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  • May 24, 2017
    Blowing Rocks will always be my favorite beach in Palm Beach county, and possibly Florida as a whole! It's always clean, serene, stunning, and magnificent. What an environment to take in and appreciate the beauty of Florida! Go there and contribute to keeping the preserve beautiful and open! Just be sure to check the tide meter, beach hazards, all updated miscellaneous info, and hours prior to visiting.
  • June 12, 2017
    great experience it was enjoyable. :p Just like the pictures the rocks were cool even with low tides. The entrance fee wasn't mandatory it was like a donation so we acted bummy and finessed. The only issue was that the sun was super hot and my beautiful girlfriend was frying her cute lil toes :( y'all need to cool down the sand next time but overall perfect place to go.
  • July 4, 2017
    We went during summer and the sand was so unbelievably hot. You couldnt walk with or without sandals, only closed shoes. Beautiful place and definitely recommend during cooler months.
  • July 2, 2017
    A really cool out-of-the-way beach. Check local listings for high tide which is when the waves crash harder. The staff is friendly. Make sure to bring cash for admissions.
  • May 8, 2017
    Really interesting place to visit. Dangerous to swim because of rocks on the beach. When there are big waves, they hit the rocks creating many splashes and fountains of water. Spectacular view. They charge $2 per adult, which is too much IMHO, not fair for locals. The place is opened only limited time during the day, no morning, evening or night stay.

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