With the winter crowds gone summer is a great time to visit St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park. Come cool off from the heat in the cool waters at the park. Take a walk on the beach and watch the waves roll ashore or take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy our self-guided plant walk. Simply pick up a plant identification brochure at the Ranger Station kiosk and match the number...
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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.