It's no secret that Florida is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, however, there is a breathtaking nature preserve near the highly urbanized Jupiter and West Palm Beach area that truly stands out from the rest.
The Blowing Rocks Preserve contains some of Florida's rarest environmental features, including endangered species of Florida wildlife and foliage native to our Sunshine State.
The coastline boasts the largest visible display of Anastasia Limestone across the entire east coast, which is not normally visible as it's usually deep underground or underwater; making this a rare sight to behold. It also features one of Florida's rarest surviving landscapes: an intact Florida sand dune habitat.
This is the place of our dreams to go observe some of the most beautiful coastal landscape that Florida has to offer! Whether you're a casual sight see-er or enjoy being more active, the preserve features 3 hiking and scenic nature trails that take you around the barrier island so you can see and photograph everything.
You can make a day trip with your friends or family to swim off the pristine beach or go snorkeling if you want to see what's beneath the shimmering coastline. The entire preserve is a treasure trove of stunning photo-ops to add to your Wanderlust Insta-feed.
While the entire preserve is a natural Florida masterpiece that you need to see, you wouldn't be able to enjoy it without the reason this hidden gem exists! The preserve came to be in 1969 when generous residents of Florida's Jupiter Island agreed to donate their 73 acres of land, which formed a giant rectangular shaped plot of gorgeous Florida landscape.
The Nature Conservancy recognized how important maintaining Florida's natural habitat was for our ecosystems and has worked tirelessly for more than 60 years to keep this beauty intact for us to appreciate. Their work aims to tackle big issues we have here in Florida, sea level rise and poor coastal resilience.
Three endangered species of sea turtles nest on their notoriously dark span of beaches too, since lighting generally affects the turtle's ability to nest. You may get lucky and see a Green, Leatherback, or Lagerhead turtle as they shimmy their way down the beach to the sea (and they are so stinkin' cute).
This video posted on their website tells a little bit about their mission and showcases some of the magnificent sights that you can see at the Blowing Rocks Preserve, all while supporting a good cause:
The preserve is located at 574 S Beach Rd, Hobe Sound, FL 33455. For more information about The Nature Conservancy, their mission, and this dreamy nature preserve, check out their website here.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit a potentially hazardous location, you check for the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.