A unique Anastasia limestone outcrop lies on Florida’s Atlantic shoreline in Hobe Sound at Jupiter Island, making the beach experience here a totally different experience than you will find at any other Florida beach. The best viewing of this unique feature is during high tide, and during extreme high tides, the spray from the crashing waves can reach as high as 50 feet.
Anastasia limestone is also known as coquina and is composed of mainly coral fragments, marine fossils, and sand. No one really knows why there is so much of the limestone exposed in this one area, but one theory is that this was at one time in Florida History, the top of a reef. But no matter why it is here, it is certainly an amazing natural Florida spectacle to see and explore.
Just offshore and within swimming distance is more limestone reef and snorkeling; this reef is very popular as it allows one to view many different species of marine life up close and in their natural home.
Blowing Rocks Preserve is a protected island sanctuary protected by The Nature Conservancy, and thanks to their tireless efforts over the span of decades and the efforts of many volunteers, the preserve has been returned to its natural existence. The evasive plants and trees have been removed and replaced with mangroves, bay cedar, beach sunflower, sea grapes, sea oats, all native to the Florida coast, and restoration of this precious coastline, native birds, turtles, and other creatures now thrive here.
The preserve runs 1 mile north to south on the Atlantic ocean and has the Indian River Lagoon on its west side. It is a spectacular example of what a Florida barrier island was like before invaded by human inhabitants. Trails that resemble tunnels wind their way through the mangroves where one can peacefully walk and take in the awesome beauty of what the Florida coast is supposed to be.
To complete your visit at Blowing Rocks Preserve, one should stop in and learn more about the importance of coastal preservation at the Hawley Education Center and the Tides of Life Exhibit.
Parking is free but very limited, and admission into the preserve is only $2.00 per person, with children under 12 admitted free. Open to the public Wednesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The preserve is closed to the public from Sunday to Tuesday. NOTE: The preserve is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. No pets, food, or alcohol are allowed in the preserve.
Blowing Rock Preserve is located at 574 South Beach Road Hobe Sound/Jupiter Beach Island. About 130 miles north of Miami or approximately 160 miles southeast of Orlando.
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