On the north tip of Jupiter Island, St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park is one of those rare parks that you can only reach by boat – motored, or under your own power, as most visitors do, by paddling through mangrove-lined coves.
Location: Hobe Sound
Lat-Lon: 27.150663,-80.16404 (boat dock)
Fees: $3 per boat, $2 per canoe or kayak
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Accessible only by boat.
Launch from the end of Cove Road to make your way along a trail through the mangroves that leads you to waterways snaking deep into the interior of this quiet barrier island. A lengthy interpretive boardwalk connects the boat dock with nearly three miles of pristine beach.
Beneath the waves offshore, the Anastasia formation, part of the Atlantic Coastal Ridge, emerges underwater in depths of five to 35 feet. This sheltered rock ledge is the northernmost spot you’ll see reef fish and corals found commonly in the Florida Keys. “Diver Down” flags are required for both divers and snorkelers.