St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park Beach

Sandy beach
2908 Southview Dr, Stuart, FL 34996, USA
392 miles from Panama City Beach, FL
Water quality
Grades suggested by our reviewer
Water Quality
Unknown (read more)

Beach amenities

  • WCPublic restrooms nearby
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • Public grillsGrills or fire pits
  • Picnic tablesPicnic benches available
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Naturists use the beach a couple of miles south of the tram drop-off.

You can only access the park and beach by boat/canoe/kayak.

No lifeguards – swimming is at your own risk.

Riptides may occur on days with strong onshore winds.

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.

Nude Sunbathing

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.

Driving Time

  • 1 hour 40 minutes from Miami, FL
  • 2 hours 10 minutes from Orlando, FL
  • 2 hours 55 minutes from Tampa, FL

Hotels and rentals

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Beach reviewed by:
Phil R.
Photos from Google Maps
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St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park Beach videos

St Lucie Inlet from above
A fantastic drone made video of the inlet
St Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park Paddle
An amazing video of a beautiful paddle trail leading to a hidden part of the beach

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Port Salerno, Florida 2908 Southview Dr, Stuart, FL 34996, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Reviewed on: October 20, 2019