Besides the people that enjoy the warm breezy beaches of John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, sea turtles find this Florida southeast coast barrier island irresistible. 1138 loggerhead, 480 green and 49 leatherback sea turtle nests have been recorded in 2010 alone. This record amount of sea life is a huge draw for many of the tourists that flock to this side of the state.
But seas turtles aren’t the only ones who love John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. Visitors from all over the world come here to swim, snorkel and fish these beautiful blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and enjoy the warm and inviting sunshine of Florida.
Two covered picnic pavilions a several small picnic tables scattered around this gorgeous island provide the perfect setting for a day at the beach with the family. Grills at each table allow the whole family to enjoy hotdogs and hamburgers after a wonderful afternoon beachcombing, swimming and fishing along the shores of John D. MacArthur Beach State Park.
Scuba diving and snorkeling are very popular here at the park. A beautiful ocean reef with a myriad of corals and fish is just a short swim offshore, so no boat needed when you’re enjoying the reef and tropical fish. A diver down flag is required for all divers and snorkelers in the area.
You can also check out the reef without getting your feet wet. Kayak and canoeing is very popular here on calmer days and beach launching to the reef is a common site. Just keep in mind, experienced ocean paddling is a requirement and water can get dangerous during rough seas.
The nature center at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is a great place to wind down after a long day of playing on the beach. Live animal exhibits, interpretative displays and a video theater provide ample learning entertainment for young and old alike. There is even a gift shop for all of your tourist needs and wants.
Three nature trails even keep the landlubber visitors happy. A paved trail, several boardwalks and miles of pristine barrier island wilderness makes this adventure well worth the trip. For more information on this fantastic southeast Florida state park, visit the website here.