While continuing on the Road Less Traveled we traveled south from Ft. Pierce a few miles and explored Bathtub Reef. Located at the south end of Hutchison Island, Bathtub Reef Park is a must for snorkeling. Tubeworms have built a reef by cementing bits of sand and shell creating reef rocks that look like honeycomb. The reef creates a shallow swim area with very mild waves. Which makes for a great day of just wading and looking at all the see life. We picked up shells with our toes and took turns snorkeling out to the reef. If it weren’t for the amazing sea life that we watched such as sea urchins, clown fish, and brightly colored coral, this would have just been a lazy day at the beach. But the underwater world we got to be a part of made this no ordinary day at the beach.
We were told to go early as the parking lot fills up quick- so we did. We arrived about 8:30 and had the whole place to ourselves.
What happened next might have scared off the faint of heart- we watched a group of sharks feeding.
Here’s the thing- sharks don’t like to eat people they like bait fish. Bait fish swim in schools that do not stay in one place for long. We simply waited till the schools had moved on till we played in the sea.
Two sissy-boy fishermen walked past and were all freaked out telling us that we were crazy to swim there that day. Whatever- any real fishermen would know that there are sharks in the ocean each and every day. We had a blast and returned to our condo with all of our limbs and digits intact.
We took along our lunch as this area is not jammed up with tourists and restaurants. Dinning Alfresco is more fun, anyway. Another thing this beach did not have much of was sea gulls- we have tried many times to picnic on the beach only to have to hide in the Excursion until we were done as the gulls would dive bomb our sandwiches. But once again we thought it would be a good idea- I can’t explain why we kept thinking it would work but I guess it’s just that hope springs eternal in the human heart. And this time it did work! And it was just as great as we thought it would be.
Of course, after you eat you should definitely take a nap.
There may not have been gulls, but there were lots of these birds. They enjoyed the bread we tossed to them but were very polite and never approached us much less bullied us like the sea gulls would have.
We really enjoyed ourselves. Dakota, Savannah, and Jonathan returned to the reef before we came home. The snorkeled for hours and Jonathan got to break in his new gear that he bought with his spending money.
Surrounding the beach are some very nice homes, we were all discussing what it would be like to live in one and see this sight everyday- would it get old? I doubt it , beauty is timeless. I do think I would certainly be inspired to write a novel. I just don’t see how you could resist.
This is a free park and it is so nice. I can’t say enough about the fun we had and the unique little gem of a reef sitting just yards off the beach. If you are looking for a great place for families this it one.