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St Lucie State Park
St Lucie State Park is located in Port Solerno under a mile south of the inlet on the intra coastal water way. This is on the Atlantic Coast of Florida.
This park is special since it can only be accessed by boat. Once here, you will enjoy the tranquility of unspoilt beaches, lush forests and sparkling sea.
There are almost 3 miles of beaches here and whether you swim, snorkel or just sunbathe it is magical. Unless it is too hot then to walk the entire beach is an experience. Showers are provided so you do not have to go home sticky with salt.
If you prefer to walk the forests then a 3330 boardwalk is provided. This starts at the dock and leads you through to the beach. En route you will pass 2 tropical hammocks and estuarine tidal swamp. Look out for the white stopper tree (I say ' look out' but in fact you could find it with your eyes shut! Its smell has been compared to that of a skunk! )
If you take the nature trail early or late in the day then you are more likely to spot some wild life as this is when they are most active at these times. Look out for otters, raccoons, and bob cats.
Sheepshead, snookand snapper are among the fish you can expect to catch from the dock. Fishing from the beach means that pompano or blue fish will be in your haul.
This park is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail so in the migrating periods broad wing hawks, swallow tail kites and coopers hawk are among the birds that come for bed and breakfast.
There is a reef south of the inlet which is mainly composed of Anastasia formation rock. This reef dates back some 100000 years and is a great habitat for plants and wildlife. There are at least 12 different kinds of coral here which the boats must be careful not to disturb.
Sometimes a manatee can be spotted in the grass beds. Grass beds are essential to the development of shellfish and fish. They are to be found here north of the dock area.
If your visit is in the summer then this is when the turtles are nesting. loggerhead, green back and green turtles come ashore at night and bury their eggs in holes that they have dug.
St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park
4810 S. E. Cove Road
Stuart, Florida 34997
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