Blowing Rocks Preserve

Waves blasting through holes in the rocks at high tide.
Waves blasting through holes in the rocks at high tide.
Tall limestones terrace dominate the meeting of sand and sea.
Tall limestones terrace dominate the meeting of sand and sea.
Walk through the tunnel of sea grapes.
Walk through the tunnel of sea grapes.

Blowing Rocks Preservee is a magnificent barrier island sanctuary located on Jupiter Island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon (Take Virtual Tour).

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.

Location
Jupiter Island, about 30 miles north of West Palm Beach (View Map)

Directions

Coming from the north on I-95:

  • Take Hobe Sound exit 96 and head east on Bridge Road (SR 708).
  • Cross US 1 and continue on Bridge Road.
  • Take a right onto Jupiter Island at the end of the road (just before the beach).
  • Continue to the stop sign and bear to the left (south).
  • The preserve is approximately 7 miles south and offers parking on both sides of the road.

Coming from the south on I-95:

  • Take Jupiter exit 87A (Indiantown Road).
  • Continue east on Indiantown Road to US 1.
  • Turn north (left) on US 1 to Jupiter Inlet.
  • Immediately after crossing bridge turn right on South Beach Road (CR707).
  • Drive 2 miles and look for preserve sign on right. Parking is 1/2 mile ahead.

Hours
Blowing Rocks Preserve is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, except major holidays.

Price
There is a fee of $2 per person for beach access - children 12 and under are free.