Friday, August 17, 2012

Blowing Rocks Beach - Hobe Sound

I have been to most of the beaches in Florida over the years. The beautiful white, ice cold sands of Pensacola, Siesta Key, and Lido. The shell strewn sands of Captiva and Sanibel. The crowded, relaxing, family friendly beaches of Naples and Fort Myers. The hot body beaches of South Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The blazing hot, crushed shell beaches of Pompano and Palm Beach. Even the fine grey sands of St Augustine and Fernandina beaches.

This week I visited the most unique beach in Florida. Blowing Rocks Beach in Hobe Sound.

Where the sea meets the land, you find rocks instead of sand. Actually limestone or ancient coral. Most of us who live on the coast know you don't have to dig down in the sand very far to hit coral and salt water. This is one of the very few places the coral is exposed at the shoreline. The ocean slowly eats away and undercuts this rock and in several places drills a hole to the surface. At high tide or stormy days, geysers shoot from these holes up to 50 feet I hear. Of course I timed my visit at the lowest possible tide so all I managed to capture was a bunch of wet rock.

Jupiter beach is completely build up and the entrance to this preserve is well hidden. I passed it even with my GPS telling me I was right on top of the entrance. I discovered this 73 acre preserve was set aside back in 1969. Natural treasurers are rare on the Treasure Coast. I was very happy to learn this natural wonder was not simply paved over like so much of the Florida coast during the last century. Next visit I'll plan a bit better and bring an umbrella, picnic basket, and tide chart to enjoy this nature show.

Blowing Rocks Beach - Jupiter FL


  1. Hey, there's a lot to be said for wet rock ... but how coincidental that today we will visit the Blowholes on the mid West Australian coast!! But what a shame there's no one beach that combines all the good bits ...

  2. @ Red - We are certainly living in a parallel universe.

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  4. By an incredible coincidence, we managed to be there at optimum tide - so sorry the parallels didn't extend that far ... will post about it soon!!

  5. @ Red - you do realize when my tide is slack, yours is high. We may have been standing on our beaches at the very same moment on opposite sides of the world.

  6. Oh, that's just TOO SPOOKY for words ...