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jif466728364The popular Loxahatchee River Sandbar in the Jupiter-Tequesta, FL area is a top destination for local boaters.  It's conveniently located near the Jupiter Inlet and the Intercoastal Waterway.  The sand bar is long and can accommodate hundreds of people.

The Loxahatchee River Sandbar area is known by many names.  Some call it "The Jupiter Sandbar."  Others refer to it by the nickname "Coney Island."  Still others call it simply "The Loxahatchee Sandbar."

Visit the Loxahatchee Sandbar on any weekend during low tide.  You’ll find dozens of boaters having fun there.  Parties tend to be wilder on the east end.  Families favor the west end.  The sandbar provides views of the nice homes along the Loxahatchee River, bridges over the Intercoastal Waterway and the Jupiter Lighthouse.

The sandbar area is undeveloped.  There are no nearby restrooms, picnic facilities, water fountains or restrooms.  The closest public restrooms are about a mile east at Jupiter Seasport Marina (off the Intercoastal Waterway north of the bridges) or at Burt Reynolds Park.

This area can be crowded on weekends.  Boats begin showing up about 3 hours before low tide.  That's when the sand bar is covered in a foot or two of water.  As the tide goes out, the huge sand bar becomes exposed.  The Loxahatchee Sandbar is made up of fine sand, so it's okay to go barefoot.   There is sea grass and river muck on the bottom in the deeper water (3-5' depth) near the sandbar.

At high tide, not many boaters go to the sand bar area.  During high tide, the water visibility increases as clear ocean water comes in the nearby Jupiter Inlet.  There is some good snorkeling near the sand bar's east end.  Snorkel near the mangrove island to see a variety of sea life.  The most sea life can be found here during the summer months.

Local Information provided by Rob, of the  Palm Beach Boating Guide