The ‘dog days of summer’ are gone and the air temperature is in the ‘get outside’ range. The beaches are beautiful this time of year, though the water temperature is a little cool. Take a walk on the beach and watch the waves roll ashore or take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy our new self-guided plant walk. Simply pick up a plant identification brochure at the Ranger Station...
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St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park
Welcome to St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park
This classic Florida barrier island is accessible only by boat, but it is worth the ride. A boardwalk takes visitors across mangrove forests and hammocks of live oaks, cabbage palms, paradise trees, and wild limes to a neatly preserved Atlantic beach. During the summer months, the island is an important nesting area for loggerhead, leatherback, and green turtles. They come ashore at night to dig holes in the beach sand where they lay their eggs. The preserve is a favorite for nature students interested in learning about the native flora and fauna of Florida barrier islands. Visitors come to swim, sunbathe, or picnic at the pavilion on the quiet beach. Others make the trip for the great surf fishing. Snorkeling and scuba diving are also popular activities.