Does your ideal vacation include soaking up the sun or relaxing at the spa? Or maybe you’d rather have an action-packed adventure like surfing or offshore fishing? Everyone vacations differently and that means you need a destination that offers everything you crave during your getaway. Martin County is located on Florida’s Treasure Coast with a variety of fun in the sun for every type of traveler. They say the best way to experience a destination is to do as the locals do, and you’re sure to find an activity in Martin County to match your vacation style. Whether you seek tranquility or exploration, discover your Martin County match in the myriad adventures that await you at this beautiful destination.
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Sailors & Seafarers
There’s no shortage of boating adventures to be had in Martin County. From charters to cruises, this region is ripe with unique excursions for boating enthusiasts. You can cruise the Treasure Coast on a private catamaran with spectacular tours from Ride the Waves in Hobe Sound. You’ll drive yourself and a friend on a powered catamaran as a certified naturalist leads you through the waterways and mangrove islands on a guided eco-tour. Would you rather set sail? Escape to the sea with sailing lessons at US Sailing Center of Martin County or experience the beautiful waterways surrounding Martin County aboard a historic wooden Schooner Lily. Glide on inland waters without the disruption of an engine. Help raise the sails or simply sit back and relax, as you embark on a memorable adventure aboard this unique sailing charter.
Does your dream vacation feature an epic adventure like speeding across the waterways? If your kind of getaway means taking a walk on the wildside and finding an adrenaline rush, check out Next Level Watersports in Stuart. Here, you can take your vacation to the next level and experience several thrilling watersports with lessons from professionals. You can soar above the water at 25 mph during hydrofoiling lessons, learn how to ride the wake with kiteboarding and wakeboarding lessons, or go tubing. Whether it’s your first time getting up on a board or you’re an experienced rider, you’ll be stoked to have a day on the water your whole family can enjoy. Martin County’s perfect wave patterns also make it a hotspot for surfers, so if you’d rather catch some waves, head out to Ohana Surf Shop for surf lessons at the local beaches.
One of the best ways to see Martin County’s diverse ecosystem is by paddling out in a kayak or canoe. Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound is a perfect place to reconnect with nature. The Loxahatchee River runs through the park and you can rent a canoe or kayak at the park’s concession for a fun and leisurely paddle. South River Outfitters in Stuart can show you all the best places to explore with guided kayak tours of the local waterways and top notch equipment to rent for your next adventure. They can also tell you where to spot the biggest gators. If you’d rather relax, sans the reptiles, take the scenic route with a trip through the St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park. Flying Fish Paddle offers mangrove eco tours on stand up paddle boards that take about two hours, winding roughly 4 miles through a paddler’s paradise of pristine inland waters and lush green mangroves.
Miles of shoreline await you in Martin County, and there’s no shortage of places to dig your toes in the sand. From Jensen Beach to Hobe Sound, the beautiful azure waters and pristine beaches offer a tranquil setting for travelers who just want to turn off their cell phones and soak up the sun. Blowing Rocks Preserve in Hobe Sound is a must-see beach for newcomers, as this natural wonder and environmental preserve is unlike any other on the East Coast. For those who want to get out on the water, The Island Princess offers sight-seeing tours of Florida’s Intercoastal Waterway. You’ll cruise the calm waters and take in the stunning scenery from the air-conditioned salon or open-air deck. Be sure to watch for porpoises, manatees, pelicans and more as you relax on this leisure cruise.
Travelers looking to leave the hubbub behind and find a happy place can do so in America’s happiest seaside town — Stuart. Just a few minutes up the road, you’ll find the area’s newest resort, Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa. This oceanfront property features a luxury spa where vacationers can reward themselves with a bit of ocean-inspired rejuvenation. Choose from soothing massages and facials or head-to-toe renewal treatments. Local tip: Stay two nights and receive the third night free. However, if your ideal day also includes a little exercise, you can combine yoga with one of Martin County’s favorite pastimes — stand up paddleboarding. You can practice your warrior pose on the water with Zeke’s Sunset SUP Yoga. You’ll do sun salutations at sea as the sun settles beyond the beautiful ocean views. Zeke’s team also offers guided paddle tours through hidden mangroves where you’re sure to see a few manatees, dolphins and the occasional sea turtle. The combination of nature, exercise and healing waters will have you relaxed in no time.
Foodies & Gastronomes
From charming waterfront dining to unique twists on traditional seafood, Martin County boasts a delectable menu that’s sure to please any palate. Up for breakfast on the beach? Sand Dune Cafe in Jensen Beach is just steps away from the sand and diners can enjoy a wide variety of breakfast and lunch entrees. For cold drinks and a laid back lunch, head to the tiki bar at the Hutchinson Island Marriott. This property is an ideal location to serve as home base during your adventures and features an award-winning golf course, a marina and activities for all ages. What to do when everyone wants something different? Head to the Twisted Tuna, where you’ll find everything from sushi to pizza to tacos all on one scrumptious menu — you’ll be hard pressed not to find something delicious here. If you’re in the mood for something truly special, head to the Gafford where you can indulge in a menu of locally sourced ingredients and family recipes like an 18-ounce ribeye in honor of the owner’s grandfather and his grandmother’s signature Southern fried chicken.
Anglers & Fisherman
Reel in the memories on a fishing adventure in Martin County, the Sailfish Capital of the World. An anglers dream come true, Martin County boasts a plethora of fishing charters, bait and tackle shops, and a mixture of diverse game fish. You’ll have every opportunity to catch “the big one,” or at least leave with a story of the one that got away. If you’re looking for something more laid back, consider making accommodations at the River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp. You’ll stay and play in the old Florida way, where you head out on the water during the day and cozy up in a beachy bungalow for the night. Fishing charters are led by hotel owner Captain Rufus Wakeman and cruise the beautiful Indian River Lagoon and the St. Lucie River. You can head offshore too to troll, live bait and bottom fish the reefs and wrecks of the region. You’ll find snook, trout, redfish, tarpon and flounder inshore, while offshore species include sailfish, dolphin, grouper, kingfish, snapper and cobia.
History Buffs & Explorers
Always looking for a destination’s buried treasure? You’ll want to strap on your snorkel or scuba gear and dive to the wreck of the Georges Saint Valentine — Martin County’s only underwater archaeological preserve. This wreck is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It rests in shallow waters, only 100 yards offshore in Stuart and divers can see sections of the ship’s deck, a broken mast, an iron hull and more. Sea life abounds at the wreck too, so you’ll likely encounter snook, kingfish, stingrays and coral, to name a few. Visitors can park at the House of Refuge Museum, which you may want to tour before your dive.
No matter your vacation style, you’re sure to find a perfect home base at one of Martin County’s host of lodging options. Choose from oceanfront and waterfront locations, one-of-a-kind boutique properties, beautiful bed and breakfasts, and unique family-owned hotels where you can relax after a day of exploring.
There’s no wrong way to vacation, but your getaway can be even better when you match your vacation style with local activities. Discover your vacation persona with this quiz and see where it takes you in Martin County. Start planning your trip at DiscoverMartin.com.