Snorkeling Bathtub Reef, Stuart, Florida

Bathtub Reef Park is located at the south end of Hutchinson Island, near Stuart Florida. Its main feature that attracts snorkelers is a reef made by Sabellariid or "Honeycomb" worms. The reef rocks look somewhat like honeycomb and are created by the tubeworms in a process that involves cementing together sand and bits of shell.

The best snorkeling is generally at high tide when the water covers the reef rocks.  This beach has been completely restored from past hurricane damage and is in great shape according to a recent report. The report also indicates that there are no restroom facilities at Bathtub Reef at the present time (June 2010). The nearest restrooms are a short drive north at Martin County Beach Access #8, aka "The Rocks."

The reef rocks block the surf, creating a protected area that is safer for children.

The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center offers snorkeling adventure classes for kids during the summer.

Image: Bathtub Reef web cam view (see link below). Note: beach curvature created by lens distortion.

Helpful links for more in-depth research on this location:

Excellent live web cams of Bathtub Beach

TripAdvisor reviews of Bathtub Reef Park

Slide show of Hutchinson Island coastline and info about Bathtub reef.

Video of Bathtub Reef below by Steve Wood. It has a great shot of a nurse shark and lots of reef fishes.

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Bathtub Reef Honeycomb reef photo by Lee Leblanc



Bathtub Reef Beach photo credit J.S. Clark: / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


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