Pasley Park Beach in Florida
This is a Martin County Beach distinctive for not being crowded and for having few steps and a short walk over the dunes, favorable for hauling kayaks. I have visited this spot on many occasions.
On May 10, 2009, the Atlantic was basically flat. It was a little murky and cold. Not optimal conditions however I paddled anyway. It's amazing how fast the miles fly by in the ocean. There was minimal current and wind and I easily paddled 2 miles south then returned. An easy 90 minute work out on a really beautiful day. The sky was clear.
The big event of the day was the sighting of a large ray which came fully out of the water for my viewing pleasure. I think that I also got a glimpse of a turtle, moving fast. On previous visits to this site, I have seen dolphins, frigate birds, and many fish.
This is a great spot for ocean kayaking. Be sure to bring plenty of water, PFD, extra paddle, paddle leash, and a whole day if possible. If you paddle a few miles to the south (4), there is a lighthouse museum to visit as well as some amazing rock formations.
I recommend a SOT for these conditions. If you wish to paddle a sit-inside, be prepared for waves. They can come up at any time.
This is also a great site for kayak surfing, if the gods give you waves.
There are NO restrooms at this beach. The dune crossover is 5 steps. Restrooms are available 2 miles north at Jensen Beach
If you wish to find this spot, enter the following address in your directional device of choice: 900 East Ocean Blvd, Stuart, Florida. This is the address of a nearby Publix Supermarket. From Publix, Pasley Park Beach is about 3 miles north, on the right. It has a small parking lot and the sign is small so drive slow. If you get to Bob Graham Beach, you have missed it.
- Trip Duration: Day Trip
- Sport/Activity: Kayaking
- Skill Level: Intermediate
- Water Type: Open Water/Ocean