Spring has just arrived and along with the warmer weather, comes the start of the sea turtle nesting season at the park. So far this year we have six leatherback sea turtle nests on our 1.6 miles of beach. John D. MacArthur Beach State Park accounts for over forty percent of all the sea turtle nests that occur in Florida State Parks and last year we had a total of over 2,800 sea turtle nests...
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John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
Welcome to John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
A unique mixture of coastal and tropical hammock and mangrove forest, this barrier island provides a haven for several rare or endangered native tropical and coastal plant species. The park's Nature Center shows visitors why the park is a biological treasure. Visitors can swim, picnic, and surf at the beach; scuba diving and snorkeling are also popular activities. Birdwatchers can see herons, brown pelicans, terns, sandpipers, and gulls. Anglers can fish in the lagoon by wading, kayaking, or canoeing. They can also fish from non-swimming areas of the beach.