Discover the alternative side to Florida: Martin County
| 12th July 2019
Martin County is within the area known as the Treasure Coast in south east Florida. It’s a real gem that celebrates small-town life, centred around outdoor living on its beautiful white sandy beaches.
The town has building restrictions in place that limit structures to four stories, which helps to preserve breath-taking views throughout the county while yielding that “Old Florida” charm that’s accented with Key West style.
Imagine, cottages painted in Caribbean colours lined with white picket fences, palm trees swaying in the wind. Add to this the smell of smoky bbqs in the fresh, salty air on a warm summer’s day and you aren’t far off the idyllic dream destination for a perfect holiday.
Its natural scenic barrier islands, centuries old shady trees and picturesque waterways make it one of the most charming spots on the Atlantic.
Encompassing the communities of Port Salerno, Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Indiantown, Jupiter Island, Hobe Sound and Hutchinson Island, you can enjoy an unencumbered skyline with views of the ocean for an impressive 22 mile stretch of coastline.
There are also over 75 parks throughout, not to mention the most bio-diverse lagoon ecosystem in the northern hemisphere. All of this is within around 90 minutes or less driving time of four international airports in Florida.
Martin County is naturally quaint with its nostalgic vibe and laidback beauty, it’s great for making memories that last longer than tan lines. It’s a place you can go and do things that you don’t have to time for anymore!
What is there to see and do?
Take a sunset tour from Shepard’s Park with Schooner Lilly Sailing Adventures
Red sky at night is a shepherd’s delight. This is certainly true in Martin County and what you will get to experience almost every evening. Embrace the colorful sky at sunset on a boat trip where you will sail slowly on the waterways.
Let all your troubles float away as you feel a soft wind blowing through your hair and a warm glow of the sun on your skin. Take a few tins, wine or champagne, with you to sip on while watching dolphins jump in out of the water and even swim alongside you and you crew.
Stand-up paddle-boarding with Ohana Bus
The Ohana Bus brings the experience of paddle boarding and surfing to everyone in a fun and laid-back way.
Its instructors and guides – who are seriously cool dudes – know the waterways well. If you want to do something sporty outdoors on the water, then they will ensure an experience of a lifetime given and they boast the best selection of water sport equipment in the area.
Riding the waves Eco-Tour
Experience the beauty of Florida’s eco-system from the water as you cruise along with a friend in your own private motorised catamaran. These guided boat tours show you around the natural environment with advice from a certified Florida naturalist. You’ve got to spend a day on the waves and explore this beautiful part of the world.
Sunrise Yoga on Stuart Beach
Start your day off in the best possible way by taking a power flow yoga session. Dawn Patrol Yoga has designed classes that perfectly complement the skills and abilities of SUPers and surfers.
Explore historic Downtown Stuart
This ‘oh-so-cute’ little town has won many awards for various reasons and is home to over 50 locally owned shops, restaurants, boutiques, antique shops and art galleries.
Window shop, strike up a conversation with the friendly locals, or stroll along the boardwalk on the beautiful St Lucie River in the sunshine. All in the charm of the old Florida atmosphere.
Where is there to eat?
Dine on the beach at Sand Dune Café
Located on NE Ocean Boulevard in Jensen Beach, it’s a great place to have breakfast, lunch or a sweet treat right on the front of the ocean and the Atlantic. The recently renovated café offers a brand new menu that will satisfy all types of cravings. You can also hire beach chairs and umbrellas from here. Kick back and relax.
The family-owned waterfront restaurant is home to the famous Port Salerno Seafood Festival. With over 10,000 sqft of indoor dining space on two floors, it serves all kinds of food, has a great Bloody Mary Brunch on Sundays and three different liquor bars to drink from.
It serves the finest sushi and raw bar selections using only local produce. They also bake their own breads and its seafood is brought in on boats docked just a few steps away. Fresh as it can get!
Drift Kitchen + Bar at Hutchinson Shore Resort
This new premier oceanfront restaurant offers fresh seafood and Italian specialties in a beautifully designed, contemporary space overlooking the beach and the ocean.
With several distinctive options that allow each guest to choose their ideal dining experience, it really is a unique place to create a holiday memory.
Enjoy a quick bite at the chef’s bar, opt for an al-fresco lunch on the veranda, or reserve the beautiful private dining room for a special occasion.
Where to stay
Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa offers 178 luxuriously-appointed rooms and suites on Jensen Beach.
The hotel is thoughtfully outfitted with modern amenities and comfortable furnishings, including crisp white bedding and cloud like beds, marble countertops, and spacious bathrooms with walk-in showers. The warm and inviting, coastal-inspired design blends seamlessly with the welcoming views of the ocean, pool, or sunset from private balconies.
Wake up to the sound of the gentle waves on the shore and enjoy your morning coffee from your own oceanfront perch. With a range of accommodations and view types to choose from, it is the perfect retreat for every type of traveller.
How to get there
Fly from London Heathrow to Miami and stay for two nights at Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa, Jensen Beach in Martin County from £1,119 per person. This package is based on two adults sharing and economy car hire with travel in September. To book, visit www.ocean-holidays.co.uk or call 0207 939 7775.
See www.visitflorida.com for more information on a range of holiday options across the sunshine state.