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.Take a look at our Hobe Sound holiday planner to schedule your visit to Blowing Rocks Preserve and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Blowing Rocks Preserve Reviews
This is a beautiful beach and worth visiting any time, but the real magic happens during high tide. A high tide and wind that increases wave height is ideal. The waves enter the holes in the rocks and... more »
When it's windy and high tide it's a site to visit or on a calm day wonderful for a walk to look at the rocks and water more »
This beach has rocks on shore, that waves and surf fly up in the holes. An amazing display of nature. more »
Beautiful beach. There is a short walk down and to the rocks along a beautiful trail and and even more beautiful beach. There is clear water and lots of shells to comb through. Come before high tide to witness the blowing rocks show
Nice beach there is a small fee. Depending on weather the rock formation may be covered in sand and not well seen. There have removed all non native tress. Has nice shade paths that guide you to the beach and along the beach front
My favorite beach in Palm Beach County! Limited parking, which I like because it keeps the crowds down. This place is beautiful at high tide and low tide. High tide you get the "blowing rocks", and low tide is cool because you can walk the beach and explore the small caves and caverns along the shore. The snorkeling is also pretty good too. I've seen many different kinds of fish, turtles, sharks, and rays. The only thing I don't like about this preserve is that they allow fishing. I wish they wouldn't. After all this is a "preserve." If you go, keep in mind that there is a $2 entry fee. Well worth it! Also, check a tide chart to see whether it will be high or low tide during your visit. If you're going to see the blowing rocks go during high tide. Enjoy!
I had to see these massive waves after hurricane Jose came parallel to us. After getting warnings from the Weather Channel on my phone, the call of the ocean was too strong and I had to answer. The warnings were about rip currents, dangerous ones and that usually means high surf. I have been to Blowing Rocks once before after I had moved here from Fort Lauderdale and it was pretty calm, so, that I went snorkeling, which is actually quite amazing, lots of sea life. I knew that it would be pretty spectacular with giant waves hitting the rocks at the shoreline. When I got there the waves were monsters, a sight I never get to see here. It's quite a spot, and I'm glad I got to go. Normally, like I said the preserve is a terrific place to go snorkeling.
Very pretty. Parking limited and 2 dollar a person charge. You can park about a mile away at public beach and walk to them for free.
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