Along Jupiter Island just south of Blowing Rocks Preserve, Coral Cove Park is a Palm Beach County park with spectacular rock formations along the beach.
While the rocks at Blowing Rocks have serious sea caves in their bluffs, these are not as tall but just as rugged and picturesque, and more Swiss-cheese in nature.
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Location: Jupiter Island
Length: 0.5 mile round-trip
Trailhead: 26.9641, -80.0793
Address: 1600 Beach Rd, Tequesta
Restroom: At the parking area
Land manager: Palm Beach County
Open sunrise to sunset. Dogs are not permitted.
To protect sea turtles, balloons are prohibited at this park.
Please use care around the rocks. Swim and fish in designated areas only.
From Interstate 95 or Florida’s Turnpike in Jupiter, drive east along Indiantown Road. Turn off onto US 1 north. Cross over Jupiter Inlet on the drawbridge. Drive in front of the lighthouse and turn right at the light for Beach Rd (SR A1A). Continue over the bridge to Jupiter Island. A1A swings north, and 1.3 miles north of where you turned onto it off US 1, the main parking areas for Coral Cove are on the right.
About the Park
Encompassing almost 15 acres of waterfront on both sides of Jupiter Island, this is a family-oriented park.
There are picnic tables, a playground, and restrooms with changing areas in addition to designated swimming and fishing area.
While lifeguards are on duty, only 600 feet of the oceanfront is open for swimming. That’s because of the incredible rock formations found here.
The dramatic rocks are part of the Anastasia Limestone of the Atlantic Coastal Ridge, which outcrops along the coastline several places between Stuart and this park.
Atop parts of the rocky face are living worm reefs created by marine worms, which should not be disturbed.
Coral Cove makes for a wonderful half mile beach walk, especially at sunrise and sunset.
On every visit, the landscape looks different. On one visit, a natural bridge formation and sea arch stood out against the waves. The next, tiny tidal pools were everywhere.
Park at the north end to enjoy the longest possible walk along the beach. Take care not to step on the rocks themselves because of the living reef.
You can make a loop using the crossovers and the accessible path provided along the dune line.
It is also possible to walk north along the beach up to Blowing Rocks, and south to Jupiter Inlet.
There is private property in both directions, however, so you must walk close to the tide line.
See our photos of Coral Cove
More worth exploring while you’re in this area.
One of the most dramatic shorelines in Florida, the rocky shore of Blowing Rocks Preserve has sea caves and bluffs to explore on a hike through the oceanfront preserve
One of only three federally designated ONAs in the United States, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area combines a unique location with botanical beauty and history
At Juno Dunes Natural Area, two loop trails flank US 1. While shade is at a premium, botanical diversity makes this a worthy destination for an early morning hike