Harbour Ridge & The Nearby Beaches Of Hutchinson Island
Hutchinson Island is a narrow barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway (Indian River). The Island is one of the greatest nesting areas in the continental United States for endangered and threatened sea turtles. Loggerhead and leatherback turtles fill Hutchinson Island beaches with hundreds of thousands of turtle eggs each summer when they come ashore to lay their eggs. It is quite a sight to see the baby turtles scurrying back to the ocean when they are old enough.
The southern half of Hutchinson Island is not as developed with condos and there is easy access at many points to the beach from A1A. As far as the eye can see, both north and south, the beach is deserted except for the occasional walker, runner or surf caster. If you’re looking to get away from the crowds of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Daytona Beach, to bring a blanket, chair, book and have some solitude, Hutchinson Island is the place to go. Hutchinson Island is accessed at three different points, one in Fort Pierce and causeways in both Jensen Beach and Stuart.
Bathtub Beach, known locally as “The Bathtub,” gets its name from the shallow worm rock reef about 100 yards offshore that serves as a breakwater for waves. At low tide, the area is virtually wave less and serves as a perfect wading area for families with young children.
Around the reef and the two other reefs beyond are a kaleidoscope of neon colored fish. This area is a snorkel diver’s playground. People are warned not to walk on the live rocks, since it will kill the worm rock colony.