Blowing Rocks protects a variety of natural habitats, including beach dune, coastal strand, mangrove wetlands, tropical hammock and oak hammock. Its rocky Anastasia limestone shoreline is the largest on the Atlantic coast. (What are Blowing Rocks?)
During extreme high tides and after winter storms, seas break against the rocks and force plumes of saltwater up to 50 feet skyward, an impressive sight for which the preserve was named.
If you want to swim, it's best to visit the beach during low tide for safety when there is sand is accessible below the rocks. To get to the beach, you will have to walk about 10 minutes from the parking lot.
In addition to the beach there is a nature trail, a butterfly garden and the Hawley Education Center which contains rotating educational and art exhibits, and a series of programs and workshops is given in the on-site classroom.
Jupiter Island, about 30 miles north of West Palm Beach (View Map)
Coming from the north on I-95:
Coming from the south on I-95:
Blowing Rocks Preserve is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, except major holidays.
There is a fee of $2 per person for beach access - children 12 and under are free.