A Visual Guide to Blowing Rocks Preserve

Hey Readers!

Today I want to talk about one of my favorite beaches: Blowing Rocks Preserve. Located on the East coast of Florida, near Jupiter, it's one of the few spots that have a large outcropping of Anastasia limestone along the shore. It's uncommon to see such large rocks by the beach because most of the limestone found in Florida is underground or underwater. I've visited it a few times in the last few years, and have discovered some interesting things about it. Read on to see one of Florida's hidden gems, as well as some tips I've learned when visiting.


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To me, there's two ways to experience Blowing Rocks.


The first is to go when it's low tide and there isn't much wind. You can actually climb down the limestone and walk below them, along the waters edge, and get an awesome perspective of how big they are. This is my favorite way to see it. You can really appreciate their size and structure when able to see it from this angle.

The second is to visit after a storm, at king tide, or when there's a super moon. This is when the preserve shows off. The waves roll in with such force and power, that they crash and blow up through the rocks up to 50 feet in the air.

(Side note, I haven't been back at high tide in a couple years, so here's some older photos I have from that time. At high tide you can only walk along the beach above the rocks, because the shore below is underwater. The rest of the photos in this post were all taken at low tide.)

When you first get to the beach, the rocky shore formations are shorter and smaller, but get bigger the more South you go. I think some areas reach to be 10 feet high!


One fun thing I like to do is crawl along the bottom and through the rocks to find caves. Some parts have larger openings that you can easily walk though. But there are a couple areas that are quite tight. If you decide to do the same, please be careful. The limestone is sharp, and when the waves come they can push you into tighter spots and up against the rocks. (I recommend wearing water shoes, Tevas, or any shoe that can help you keep a tighter grip and protect your feet from rough points.)


The last time I was there, the water was super clear and a beautiful bright aqua. I was able to easily spot a baby nurse shark and can see the shadows of the underwater limestone!


Although the photos in this post were taken with my DSLR, I also recommend taking a water resistant camera or GoPro with you. If the water is calm, you can go swimming to see the underwater limestone. You should definitely wear shoes in the water for better traction. (I've hurt my feet before, it was not fun dealing with sandy cuts.) Just know that there is no lifeguard on duty, and the currents can be a bit strong. 


If you would like to visit the incredible Blowing Rocks Preserve, it is located at

575 S Beach Rd, Hobe Sound, FL 33455.

Feel free to message me on Instagram or comment below if you have any questions. Since the beach changes so easily depending on the tides, it's always interesting to see other peoples perspective. So I would love to see any photos you take while visiting!

xx
-Lala

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