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St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park

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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. Located at Port Salerno, on the Intracoastal Waterway, 2/3 of a mile south of the inlet.

Local Information:

On the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway side there is a dock with a great many slips. This part of the Intracoastal Waterway allows for fast speeds, so wakes are an issue at the dock. The facilities are lightly used so there is never a wait for a space. This park is a great winter boating destination. Because of the dock, no one aboard ever has to get wet!<

Watch for shoaling between the dock and the Intracoastal Waterway channel. There is a lot of shallow water in this area. Come out of channel right by the big dock sign that reads "St. Lucie Inlet Preserve Park." You should have no problems with shallow water near this sign or the dock area. On the way back out, be sure to turn into the channel right away. If you go too far west you will hit shoaling (it's especially easy to do at low tide!)

NUDE BEACH: Because of its remote location, a local group says the beach here can easily be used for nude sunbathing. There is no officially designated nude beach.
I have never seen nude sunbathers on the beach near the tram drop off. Families are fine using the beach near the tram drop-off where the photos below were taken. "Natural sunbathers" have been encouraged to use the beach around the bend and a couple of miles south of the tram drop-off.

* Beyond the dock you take a courtesy tram to an incredible beach

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