Loggerhead Beach, Hike & Playground, Juno Bch
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Loggerhead Beach, the southern part of Juno Beach, is a wide-open beach with pale grey sand, shells on the shore, and aquamarine water. You can take a long walk here to the pier at Juno Beach. Dunes with sea oats block the beach from the road. The water here is such a pretty color that stays vibrant even when the sun is setting. A nice playground with a Polynesian-shaped picnic hut and palm trees is located between the beach and the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. It has a ship playground with a globe kids can spin, captain's wheel, and treasure maps. There are swings with pretty blue palmettos behind.
Sometimes the Loggerhead Marinelife Center does turtle releases at this beach around 10am, usually on a weekday. Check their schedule. It's wonderful to watch the turtle see the sea and make its way back home.
Don't miss the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, a hospital for turtles, while you're here. It's an attractive and modern center with tanks full of turtles outside and exhibits about turtles inside. There is also a kids play area.
It's a short walk north along the sand to Juno Beach with its pretty pier.
At the northern end of the parking lot for Loggerhead Beach, there is a gap in the thick vegetation and a large information board where you can take a short walk into the Juno Dunes Natural Area. You start in a jungly forest called a maritime hammock, continue on the paved walkway past white sandy dunes covered in low plants, and then make it to a gazebo with a fantastic view of the ocean and open land all around! It is 44 feet high, the highest point in the Palm Beach area (this is hilarious!). Take the white sandy path down from the gazebo to another little jungle that leads out to the road where you can cross the street and walk down stairs to the beach. This 42-acre nature preserve covers the entire area from beach to intracoastal waterway. Come in winter not summer because of the mosquitoes.
After your walk, eat at County Line Pizza, on the northwest corner of Donald Ross Rd and Highway 1- when you walk in, you can just smell how amazing your pasta or pizza is going to be!
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Exit Highway 95 at Donald Ross Rd and head toward the ocean. After you cross the drawbridge, turn left on U.S. Hwy 1. After two blocks you will see a big sign on the right for Loggerhead Park. Pull in there. There is free parking. The playground is between the Marinelife Center and the beach.There are many access points to Loggerhead Beach. This is just one of them. You can also access the beach from dozens of points along the A1A- one of them is by where Donald Ross Rd meets the A1A.
County Line Pizza, 877 Donald Ross Road, Juno Beach, FL 33408, call (561) 626-3662.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.