Fodor's Expert Review Bathtub Reef Beach
Rough tides are often the norm in this stretch of the Atlantic Ocean and frequently take away the beach, but a charming enclave at the southern end of Hutchinson Island—after the Marriott's beach and right by the Indian River Plantation luxury development—provides a perfect escape for families with young children and anyone who likes to snorkel. The waters are shallow and usually calm, and kids can walk up to the reef and see a dazzling assortment of fish. The parking lot is small, so get there early. Amenities: parking (no fee); lifeguards; toilets. Best for: snorkeling; swimming.