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BathTub Reef Beach

Bathtub Beach is the southernmost public beach in Martin County, in Stuart Florida. Turn south at the traffic light in front of Indian River Plantation. Follow Macarthur Blvd as it winds southward on the thin strip of land separating the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.

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New Sand Dunes at Bathtub Beach

The restoration of Bathtub Beach is complete including new Sand Dunes


Update May 27, 2010, Bathtub Reef Beach will be Open for Memorial Day Weekend
The beach was badly damaged in the 2004 Hurricanes.

Here is the current status: Beach repairs are done, there are new dunes in place planted with sea oats and the final cleanup of the parking lot is just about done.

When the Beach reopens for Memorial Day Weekend 2010 - there will be no bathrooms.  But there are bathrooms about 200 yards to the north at Rocks Beach.

The water off Bathtub Beach is crystal clear - we were just off shore on May 21.


There are three entrances to Bathtub’s huge sandy parking lot. The beach itself is protected by Bathtub Reef. The reef creates a lagoon off the shore, making this the best beach option for children.

Here you can find large bathrooms and changing rooms, as well as several showers to rinse off. Although the beaches technically close at night, the parking lot is lighted to be safe.

You can also find a payphone here.

Following the boardwalk over the sand dunes, be sure to look for the environmental exhibit. The exhibit is in an open, but covered, extension of the boardwalk.

Bathtub Beach

Bathtub beach is now restored and the water is crystal clear




With all the new sand that brought in the beach area is now much larger.


Bathtub Reef Beach

Bathtub Reef Beach, Stuart Florida







Comments about: BathTub Reef Beach

I have two small (2 & 4 pound) chihuahuas and would like to bring them to the beach.  Is it legal to take them to Bathtub Beach?

What are the rules and regulations?

By Rose on 08-11-2008

Hello Rose,
Dogs are not allowed on Bathtub Reef Beach because it a “Guarded” beach. This is because of the presence of Sea Turtle nests and plant life and Dunes that are fragile.

There are 3 Guarded Beaches in Martin County with these restrictions including Bathtub Reef Beach, Stuart Beach, and Jensen Beach.

There are several beach access areas - along Hutchinson Island - where you can take your dogs but they must be on a leash.

By Inside Florida on 08-13-2008

How long will the beach be closed for? We will be visiting the area on Dec. 26-Jan.5th, 2009 and were curious if bathtub beach would be fixed by that time.  Thank You, Mike and Abby.

By Abby M. on 11-23-2008

We spoke with the Martin County FL Parks and Recreation department today and the beach will be closed for a long time. Storms sucked much of the sand out of the bathtub area, which historically is shallow and calm. Now it is deep and steep and there is constant wave action on the beach. In the past there were really only waves at high tide.

So there is extensive work going on. The best estimate we could get is that they are trying to get the beach repairs done for Spring 2009.

By Inside Florida on 11-24-2008

Bathtub Reef Beach is open - the facilities (bathrooms, etc) are damaged and mostly closed but the beach is open.

By Inside Florida on 06-28-2009

Is Bathtub Reef beach more repaired this year, 2010, than last year?  We went last year and were disappointed by the closed signs, etc. Some signs said that the beach was under construction.  Has is been completed? We loved going there in the past and hope to revive the tradition!

By terry on 03-17-2010

Bathtub Beach will be open on May 1, 2010. See the status near the top of this article.

By Inside Florida on 03-18-2010




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