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Bathtub Reef

1585 SE MacArthur Blvd, Stuart, FL
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Ranked #4 of 14 attractions in Stuart
Type: Beaches
Traveler Description: Bathtub reef is a must see for anyone visiting South Florida. It is one of the safest beaches for children anywhere. The natural reef allows you to... more »
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Vale
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We had never been snorkeling and loved collecting shells. This was so awesome I've never seen so much underwater and felt extremely safe and lifeguard on duty. Very shallow water really safe for kids. Soft sand but firm. My dad is disabled has a hard time walking but beach was right there so no long walk plus huge wooden gazebo... More

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Jensen Beach, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Neat beach with gorgeous views and neat history. Restroom isn't the best scenario. I have been there when there has been no restroom and when there is a port a potty. No food. No life guard unless it is announced there will be one. Usually there is work on the sand. Parking is hard and limited.

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Stuart, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Just amazing that we have such a great snorkeling venue this close. Bring your snorkeling gear and get there early because parking is limited. Please do not walk on the reef! I wish that this was advertised/enforced. If you are a strong/confident swimmer, go beyond the breaking waves on the reef. Much to see on the far side. Saw a... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I love Bathtub Reef, it is very nice here and a scenic little drive coming down from the North on A1A. Parking is hell and there are no bathrooms on site. This place gets super crowded sometimes and people walk all over the reef. DON'T DO THAT! You're killing the reef, it is alive! The road in and out is... More

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Miami, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This beach is beautiful, wish i could have had more time to spend here. It is so low and clear that make sit ideal for kids and babies. For the rest of us, it is just marvelous and we could talk while sitting in the water, it is simply awesome! You can bring your coolers and food, just make sure... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This beach is worth the drive as parking is very close to the beach. So many beaches in the area require hiking over a large dune and then a large distance of beach to get to the water. Not with this beach. My favorite beach in the area. The restrooms are nice for beach restrooms, too.

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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23 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Bathtub Reef is a hidden treasure along the beaches of Stuart FL. The reef encloses a section of beach, and when the tide is low, causes a "bathtub" effect. The area id quite shallow, and a great place for small children to swim without having to deal with harsh surf conditions. Snorkeling along the reef also opens you to a... More

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Stuart Fl
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Yiu feel as if your in a island .. You may see dolphins sharks surfers, Yup that is what s in the amzing water .

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Mantua, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Beautiful clear water surrounded by a reef. Lots of warm water and fish! Not too crowded and beach was very clean. Parking was a bit tough.

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South Florida
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78 reviews 78 reviews
9 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Bathtub reef was once a great place to take the family- especially if you have small children. Now, with erosion and the lack of public restrooms, it's not as user friendly. I drove through the parking lot and apparently the sand may be replenished because the better part of the parking area was inaccessible because huge piles of sand were... More

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