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Bathtub Reef

1585 SE MacArthur Blvd, Stuart, FL
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Ranked #4 of 13 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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Stuart, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The county has just finished the sand replenishment project due to erosion. This is a small beach in an alcove so there are less currents that other local beaches. There are coral reefs to snorkeling.

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We had just left a reef that only was good for snorkeling at high tide. So, we timed our visit to this reef for high tide, and found out it was only interesting at low tide. We napped and snacked, and tried snorkeling at low tide, but it was so windy it was not a great anything for us.

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Bathtub Reef gets it's name because of the oval shape of the reef that collects a huge pool of water at low tide. At high tide the reef is submerged. Protected by federal law, it is unlawful to walk on the reef. The reef rocks were created by sabellariid worms when they collect sand to build tubelike homes for themselves.... More

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Combined Locks, Wisconsin
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191 reviews 191 reviews
69 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

It appears that Mother Nature has won. Bathtub Beach is only a shell of what it was. My family first enjoyed the beach 30 years ago. It was a calm, beautiful sight. Now the beach and parking area has shrunken due to high surf. The lifeguard station is no longer manned. It even appears that Sailfish Point is getting all... More

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Stuart, Florida, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Wonderful place for young children to enjoy the ocean safely. Unfortunately, storms have washed away much of the beach. Martin County is trying to restore the area.

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

The ocean waves now crash onto the shore with little evidence that a reef lies beneath the surface. The beach and shallows were replete with dead seagrass making swimming or fishing futile. If you're touring don't bother.

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Stuart, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Sometimes to crowded topark otherwise the ocean is great. It is a wonderful place to take young children

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LAVALLETTE
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Make sure it's a hot no wind day and head over. No parking so if your not there by 10 your probably not gonna get a spot.

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South Florida, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

I grew up at this beach, I live about 5 minutes from it! It is great for snorkeling. I must say over the years though it has changed, the reef is not as nice as it use to be mostly from people destroying it. If you do visit DO NOT WALK ON THE REEF because it kills it. Its a... More

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Brewster, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Returning everyday says something about this beautiful location. The water is clear and warm. At low tide you can wade without being pushed over by the surf. It's the perfect place for children and shell collectors. The parking lot is a generous size and parking is free. There is a gazebo to stand in to watch the surf and shore... More

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