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St. Lucie Inlet Beach

Size: 928 Acres

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St. Lucie Inlet State Preserve
Copyright: - Florida Division of Recreation & Parks
St. Lucie Inlet State Preserve
Encompassing the northern end of Jupiter Island, St. Lucie Inlet State Preserve offers boat mooring on the Intracoastal Waterway with a 3,300-foot boardwalk ending at the beach. Along the boardwalk, you'll pass through a prime display of subtropical plants including wild coffee, wild lime, paradise tree, and coco plum. Tall sabal palms and live oak thrive as well. This pristine environment is a haven for migratory birds and wildlife including three species of sea turtles that beach themselves on late summer evenings depositing eggs in the sand.

Swimming, sunbathing, and surf fishing are popular forms of relaxation on this remote beach. Two other popular recreations are snorkeling and scuba diving. A reef formation, inhabited by a wide variety of marine life, lies offshore. This protected reef runs south from the inlet for 4.7 miles. Reef depths range from about 5 feet to 35 feet. The reef itself is primarily composed of Anastasia Formation rock. This is limestone-based material with coquina and shell fragments mixed in. Sponges, corals and more than 150 species of fish inhabit the area.

Restrooms and limited picnicking are available.

Directions from Jupiter Island, FL: Accessible only by boat, mooring docks are available on the Intracoastal Waterway side of the island.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round .

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Recreation Opportunities
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ICON Beach Activities St. Lucie Inlet Beach
ICON Boating
ICON Plant Identification
ICON Picnicking
ICON Snorkeling
ICON Viewing Scenery
ICON Viewing Wildlife
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Visitor Information:

Florida Office of Visitor Inquiry, Division of Tourism, 126 W. Van Buren Street , Tallahassee, FL, 32399-2000, Phone: 904-487-1462


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