When I think of Florida I think of turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. But along the east coast of Florida, near the famed Jupiter Lighthouse, is Blowing Rocks Preserve. A beach like no other in Florida. At Blowing Rocks Preserve you will find a wild natural beach with dark sand and rugged coastline. A coast line that I imagine to find in Hawaii rather than Florida. So if you want to see something different when visiting the sunshine state, head to Blowing Rocks preserve for a treat that will literally blow you out of the water.
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Blowing Rocks Preserve is an environmental preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy. It is located on Jupiter Island in Hobe Sound. The rock formations are the largest Anastasia limestone outcropping on the state’s east coast. And in my opinion, Blowing Rocks Preserve is a true gem and worth a visit for the scenic views alone.
But Blowing Rocks Preserve provides much more than just pretty views. Depending on the time you visit the experience can be quite thrilling.
During low tide you can walk below the cliff like rocks and see the little nooks and crannies the ocean has carved. Since we arrived when tide was still coming in we got the opportunity to walk along the sand and see the rock formations from the bottom. It was quite a different site than any other beach I have ever visited in Florida.
Tip – Tide comes in pretty quick and the waves can be dangerous. Make sure not to be caught beneath the rocks when that happens. My daughter got hit by a wave and it dragged her in between two rocks where thankfully she was wedged and it prevented her from being dragged into sea. Accidents can happen quickly so just be safe.
During high tide the waves can come crashing strong enough to create the spectacle the park derived its name from. At this time you can no longer walk along the sand below the rocks as the waves can crash with such force that the activity would become dangerous. But watching the waves crash and “blow” up through the rocks can be a fun activity for the entire family. A few soakings should be expected so make sure you are ready for it.
If you are able to plan in advance try to arrive during low tide and stay long enough to experience high tide then you will get the best of both worlds.
Here are a few tips and good to know information:
- You can join a 40-minute guided nature walk each Sunday morning at 11 a.m.
- Restrooms and water fountains are available at the education center.
- Check out the tide schedule to maximize your visit.
- Parking is free but limited and no parking is allowed on the roadside.
- Rocks are jagged and very sharp. Make sure to have protective footwear.
- Bring your camera. However please note that professional photography is by prior authorization only. No drones allowed.
Blowing Rocks Preserve Address
Blowing Rocks Preserve
574 South Beach Road
Hobe Sound, FL 33455-2804
Activities near Blowing Rocks Preserve
- Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum – you can actually climb this lighthouse and tours are available. For more information click here.
- Jonathan Dickinson State Park – for camping, canoeing, kayaking, trails and other outdoor activities. For more park information click here.
- Riverbend Park – great for fishing, biking and kayaking as well as other outdoor activities. For additional park information click here.
Where to eat
Nothing beats lunch with a view and this place offers great food, good atmosphere and a view to remember. Head to U-Tiki bar and enjoy.
Another great option is Square Grouper Tiki Bar they have a reasonably priced menu and good drinks. They have also been featured in several music videos including Alan Jackson’s hit “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere” with Jimmy Buffett.