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.
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.