A Quiet Escape: Coral Cove Park

While the rest the of the Eastern United States hunkered down for Snowstorm Jonas, we enjoyed a beautiful, cold weekend here in South Florida.  The wind and rain on Friday gave way to a cool and clear Saturday morning.

If you’re brave enough to venture to the beach when temperatures drop under 70 degrees, perhaps you’ll enjoy a visit to Coral Cove Park in Tequesta this winter.  Quietly tucked away on Jupiter Island, you can spend a morning by the sea virtually undisturbed by other beach-goers.

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P and I took a quick trip up the coast and spent a Sunday morning enjoying a little stretch of the beach to ourselves.  Despite some clouds, there was plenty of action: wild waves, birds, surfers, and the occasional boat on the horizon.

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The shoreline of Coral Cove is unique.  Although not ideal for swimming, the rock formations put on a good show when the tide goes in and out.

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Here comes a wave…

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… watch out…

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KA-POW!!  (insert vintage Batman sound effect here)

The beach was relatively empty except for a few cyclists who wandered down in their spandex to take a quick look at the ocean.

The morning entertainment to rival the crash of the waves was the sanderlings, tiny sandpipers that dodge the incoming sea surf to forage for food.

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They are one of my favorite parts of the beach.  I can’t get over how they run so fast on their teensy-weensy legs.

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If I laid still enough on our blanket, one or two sanderlings would scuttle over, giving me the chance to finally use my zoom lens – if they held still long enough.

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“Sanderlings (Calidris alba), 7 inches tail to bill tip, are frantic, wave-chasing little sandpipers with black legs and a straight, black bill.  In winter, adult plumage is pale gray above and white below.” – Blair and Dawn Witherington, Florida’s Living Beaches

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“Sanderlings probe for mole crabs like tiny sewing machines in the wet sand briefly exposed between swash and backwash.” -Blair and Dawn Witherington, Florida’s Living Beaches

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P and I also watched surfers catch a few small waves (South Florida isn’t known for it’s surf).

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From a distance, the crests of the waves look like wintery mountain peaks.

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The beauty of the beach is not reserved for sunny days.  Sometimes, the best beach day is a gloomy Sunday in January, wrapped up in an old blanket, watching the waves just before the rain clouds blow in.  Every beach-goer, whether a tourist from the Midwest or a Florida native, owes it to themselves to spend one dreary day at the seashore.

xoxo from Coral Cove Park,

JUP Girl (and P)

Coral Cove Park – 1600 Beach Road, Tequesta, Florida 33469

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