Florida is known as a hot spot for spring break getaways and amusement park attractions, but if you’d rather escape to the Sunshine State for a bit of self-care, there’s a quiet destination hiding along Florida’s Treasure Coast that’s perfect for a wellness vacation. Martin County on Florida’s east coast is teeming with ways travelers can break from their regular routines and focus on rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. From the shores to the shops, travelers looking to better their physical and mental well-being can easily clear and expand their mind on uncrowded beaches, tranquil nature trails and quaint downtown main streets.
As you plan your escape from the daily grind, here are several ways you can unwind in Martin County.
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Heal your mind, body and soul with yoga on the beach or on a paddle board. In Martin County, you can do sun salutations in the sand during beach yoga with Dawn Patrol Yoga. Or experience the healing energy of water as you do your best warrior pose on a paddle board during sunset yoga with Zeke’s Surf and Paddle in Stuart. Meanwhile, The Dirty Hippy in downtown Stuart offers several different yoga classes in the loft above its eclectic shop.
Feast on Fresh Fare
Recharge and refuel with health-conscious calories at local dining favorites known for healthy eats. Start your day with a protein-packed breakfast sandwich from deLITEful Cafe in Stuart or a freshly made smoothie or cold-pressed juice from the plant-based menu at Fruits and Roots Juice Bar & Vegan Cafe. For a true local experience, head to Kai Kai Farm in Indiantown to feast on fresh farm-to-table fare at Kai’s Music Garden. These events include entertainment and dining cropside at the farm’s new pole barn that overlooks 20 acres of produce.
Reconnect with Nature
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and ease your mind with a day in the park. Martin County is home to 77 parks, making it easy to experience Florida’s natural beauty. Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound is perfect for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The Loxahatchee River, Florida’s first federally designated Wild and Scenic River, runs through the park and is great for kayaking and fishing. Meanwhile, Blowing Rocks Preserve on Jupiter Island is a must-see for nature lovers. This natural wonder is home to the largest exposed section of Anastasia limestone on the East Coast and at high tide, the seawater shoots up like a geyser through the rock formations. Be sure to bring your camera to capture a glimpse of it.
Unwind on the Water
Martin County is home to miles of uncrowded, pristine beaches and while the shore is a tranquil place to relax, the sea offers plenty of activities to help wash all your worries away. Escape to the sea with sailing lessons from the US Sailing Center in Jensen Beach. Feel the ocean breeze brush your face as your boat glides through the water and the wind fills your sails. Or ride the waves with surf lessons or stand up paddle board lessons from Ohana Surf Shop in Jensen Beach. Meanwhile, reel in some memories on a fishing charter in Stuart, Fla., the sailfish capital of the world.
Spoil Yourself at a Seaside Spa
Hutchinson Island is known as America’s happiest seaside town and its newest resort is sure to help travelers find their happy place. The new Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa sits beachside and boasts ocean-view rooms, two oceanfront restaurants, two swimming pools and a luxury spa. The spa offers soothing massages and skin care treatments for head-to-toe rejuvenation, while the resort offers an unmatched setting on the beach. It’s hard not to be happy with these relaxed coastal accommodations.
Indulge in Retail Therapy
A little shopping goes a long way when you need to de-stress, and there’s a bit of retail therapy for everyone’s tastes in Martin County. You’ll find there’s no shortage of sophistication and style, whether you’re browsing the upscale boutiques in Harbour Bay Plaza or discovering unique finds in the eclectic shops of downtown Stuart and Jensen Beach.
Taking time to unplug from your digital devices and escape your hectic daily routine can keep you healthy and productive. Focusing on self-care with a wellness vacation helps promote healthy mental and physical well-being through the activities you do during your getaway. To start planning your wellness vacation to Martin County, check out some of the exciting itineraries available at DiscoverMartin.com.