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Hobe Sound - Blowing Rocks Preserve

574 South Beach Road

Things To Do
    - Swimming, snorkeling and scuba-diving from the protected beach
    - Three hiking trails with interpretive signs
    - Observe rare birds, plants and animals
    - Enjoy exhibits and shady porches at the Hawley Education Center
    - Restrooms and water fountain available at the center

Plan Your Visit

Open daily from 9 am - 4:30 pm, except for major holidays.

Daily beach access: $2 adults, $1 members, children 12 and under are free.
Annual beach pass $35. Group pass (up to 6) $65.

More things to Do

What to See: Seasonal Wildlife 


Osprey, which can be observed year-round, are especially plentiful during the winter months. Palm, pine and other migrating warblers enjoy the mild winter here, as do a few ruby-throated hummingbirds. The coral bean produces its bright, red tubular flowers, while the wild poinsettia is also in bloom.

The unusual necklace pod blooms, and plentiful beach sunflowers show their bright yellow blossoms. Butterflies such as great southern whites, Cassius blues, and skippers flutter about the preserve.


In summer months, the mile of Atlantic Ocean beachfront provides important nesting habitat for imperiled sea turtles (primarily loggerheads). At night, the female turtles come ashore, climb above the high tide line, dig a hole with their flippers and lay their eggs in nests of sand. On many summer mornings, turtle tracks are clearly visible in the sand - to spot them, look for horizontal tracks in the sand that look like they could have been made by a small bulldozer or tractor tires.

The rocks and worm-rock reefs offshore offer great opportunities for snorkeling or scuba diving as well as occasional sea turtle sightings.

Please note that sea turtles and their nests are protected by federal as well as state and local laws. If you are fortunate enough to see a nesting sea turtle or hatchlings, please do not touch or otherwise harass either them or their nests.

A variety of birds migrate through the area, including warblers, offshore pelagic birds, hawks and falcons. The abundant sea grapes are fruiting, turning out grape-like clusters of berries.


From I-95:
Take exit 87A (Jupiter/Indiantown Rd.)
Travel east on Indiantown Road to U.S. 1
Turn left (north) on U.S. 1 to Jupiter Inlet
After crossing bridge, immediately turn right onto South Beach Rd. (CR707)
Follow South Beach Rd. for 2 miles. Preserve sign is on the right. Parking located ½ mile ahead.


Portia O

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Amazing little secret! I never knew there was even such a spectacular sight as this in Florida. I will definitely go back when I have more time to just sit and linger. It seems like a good place for a nice long stroll and then some quiet wave listening time.

Amanda Majzner

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
Whenever we get a sunny Saturday, my husband and I and our two children head to Blowing Rock. It is our favorite natural spot to just walk, collect shells, get some fresh air, and have fun! Please go here, it's so fun. And take a walk through the Sea Grape overgrowth. It's shady and fun!

Sherry Minot

Thursday, March 29, 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed coming here. We went to enjoy the walk and scenery but looks like the beach itself is great as it was full but not over packed with people. We will be back, highly recommend to all to keep this beach and place going.

Janese Jackson

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
Oh maaaaaannnnnnn..... I could stay here forever! It is very therapeutic hearing the sound of the ocean. The scenery is also beautiful. The place has a rich history and they are working to remove invasive, non-indigenous plants from the area. The profits of this is to encourage a thriving ecosystem of plants, animals and everything in between. Definitely, check it out.

Scott Sohn

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Always a great time being Oceanside. I came late into the day at around closing time (4:30p). Due to the limited time, I walked a short bit of the beach and snapped a few photos. The coral reefs we're actually overtaken by sand and slightly visible. But rest assured, they were only in such a condition due to the recent big storms/hurricanes. The reefs are normally scalable and large. You'll just have to visit to see for yourself.

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