This classic Florida barrier island boasts beautiful nature, rich wildlife, and 2.7 miles of white-sand beach for sunbathing, swimming, strolling, and enjoying the ocean views. The state park also offers such outdoor recreational activities as comfortable picnicking, wildlife watching, scuba diving, and snorkeling.
Location and Access
One of the six inlets into the Indian River Lagoon, St. Lucie Inlet is located between Jupiter Island and Hutchinson Island in Martin County and can only be accessed by boat. The entrance fee is $3 per boat and $2 per kayak/canoe. The open hours are from 8 a.m. until sundown every day throughout the year.
You can wash the salt off your body with the help of a freshwater shower? which you can find at the beach restroom. If you want to have a picnic, you can bring some food and make use of a shaded picnic pavilion with two grills and eight tables. You can also reserve and use a beach wheelchair if you contact the park office in advance.
The water is warm and very clear, allowing to see a variety of sea life a few hundred feet from the shore – there is the 4.7-mile long Anastasia rock reef extending along the coast. The water temperature varies from 85-90 degrees in summer to 70-75 degrees in winter.
Be aware that the beach features no lifeguard station so swimming is at your own risk. Please, be careful in the water, especially on days with strong onshore winds which may cause riptides.
St. Lucie Beach isn’t officially designated for nudist recreation. However, it is remote and offers enough seclusion for such goals. Naturists usually go to a more distant part of the beach that is located around the bend and a couple of miles south of the tram drop-off. At the same time, family visitors usually stay near the tram drop-off so that naturists do not disturb them.
Nature and Wildlife
Being a place with spectacular nature and abundant wildlife, St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park attracts many nature students. If you’re interested in the native flora and fauna of the Florida barrier islands, you can learn much about them here.
Besides mangrove forests, there are also hammocks of cabbage palms, wild limes, live oaks, and paradise trees. In summer, various turtle species such as green turtles, loggerhead, and leatherback come to the beach to lay eggs in the sand.
- 1 hour 40 minutes from Miami, FL
- 2 hours 10 minutes from Orlando, FL
- 2 hours 55 minutes from Tampa, FL
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park Beach which you can visit: