Blowing Rocks Preserve, Hobe Sound

#260 of 620 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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  • It is a very beautiful, peaceful and serene place to visit. This was my wifes idea. We packed a little picnic and got there early. There aren't many people. The place was quiet. It is the only beach i...  more »
  • Always fun to stop by here, surrounded by woods, the rocks all have holes so at high tide the water comes in and sort of makes blowholes, neat to see.  more »
  • Not only sandy beach... The rocks and the waves are very nice to look at. Is it worth a walk along the water. There is an information center. Shower is available.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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