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Area Overview

Martin County, FL enjoys an international reputation for its natural beauty and environmental stewardship. Here you will find miles of white sand beaches, breathtaking outdoor venues, world-class fishing, water sports, and eco-adventure. Discover a hidden gem, the communities of Port Salerno, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Indiantown, Jupiter Island, Hobe Sound, Hutchinson Island and Stuart, voted one of the Most Beautiful Small Towns in America. The natural beauty and attractions here offer up a treasure trove of activities—minus the crowds of its popular next-door neighbors.

With year-long sunshine, gorgeous beaches and a plethora of community events, it comes as no surprise that Martin County was named the best place in the U.S. to retire.
Real estate website Find The Home compiled the ranking, which scored counties on five factors: care, entertainment, convenience/transportation, community and housing. Martin County scored highest in the convenience category, which takes into consideration the number of grocery stores and restaurants within walking distance.

The area was also named the nation’s #3 “Best Small Town to Visit in 2015” by Smithsonian Magazine, and landed the #9 spot on the House Beautiful “50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America” list. The natural beauty and attractions here offer up a treasure trove of activities—minus the crowds of its popular next-door neighbors. From rodeos to high-end shopping, art galleries and one-of-a-kind museums to eco-friendly sea- turtle adventures. Stuart, is known as the "Sailfish Capital of the World."

Plan your escape to paradise in Martin County, where you can watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean and watch the sunset over Lake Okeechobee, the second-largest freshwater lake entirely within U.S. boundaries.

Includes Cities/Towns: Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Jensen Beach.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness













Disconnect to reconnect in Martin County, where numerous Atlantic beaches span nearly 22 miles along the coast and include individual access strips that allow for more private spots to enjoy the surf and sand or larger, guard-protected areas like Stuart Beach, Hobe Sound Beach and Sea Turtle / Jensen Beach. There are also numerous beaches along the Indian River Lagoon such as the beach at Indian RiverSide Park. 75-plus parks, unlimited golf and a region overflowing with culture welcome visitors. 93,000 acres of parks and conservation land with the most bio-diverse lagoon ecosystem in the Northern hemisphere, the St. Lucie Inlet make this an eco-lovers paradise. Building restrictions allow for breathtaking views, experience authentic experience with an Old Florida feel.

Shop local takes on a unique spin with upscale shopping in Historic Downtown Stuart and Hobe Sound. In Jensen Beach, you will find artist cottages along side eclectic boutiques and stores.

Stuart is known as the Sailfish Capital of the World and a trip to the area would not be complete with out experiencing our world-class fishing. In fact, there are more than 800 species of fish within a 10-mile radius of the St. Lucie Inlet—which is the most bio-diverse estuary in North America.

Cultural Activities





There is a reason that the word art is found in M-ART-in County! You are sure to be inspired when you visit! Music, theatre, film, art exhibitions, festivals, classes, workshops, lectures, special events, and more take place on a monthly basis.

Browse Martin County’s more than 20 galleries in the historic downtowns of Stuart, Jensen Beach, Port Salerno and Hobe Sound and find local jewels and gifts for a souvenir worthy of the visit. Hunt for treasure at Treasure Coast Square, where more than 120 shops mean there’s something in the bag for everyone. For a one-of-a-kind experience, head to B&A Flea Market, the Treasure Coast’s oldest and largest flea market with a 35-year history and over 400 vendors.

Nearby, the Elliott Museum, named after prolific inventor Sterling Elliott, hosts a dynamic and interactive collection of antique automobiles, vintage boats, an extensive baseball collection and a deep trove of Treasure Coast histories and stories. For an interactive experience involving all ages, head to The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, located in the heart of Indian RiverSide Park in Jensen Beach. Add in a visit to The Stuart Heritage Museum, located in the oldest commercial building in Stuart and Martin County, and step back in time to learn about the unusual, the sometimes overlooked people, events and places from Martin County’s history.

History buffs meet their match in Martin County. The House of Refuge at Gilbert’s Bar is the only remaining House of Refuge on the East Coast of the United States. Built as one of 10 along the east coast of Florida, it is the oldest structure in Martin County and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Want to delve deeper? Learn about the Georges Valentine Shipwreck at the House of Refuge at Gilbert’s Bar and then suit up to explore the dive site off the coast of Hutchinson Island.

For the music lover, the historic Lyric Theatre offers a wide-array of first class talent nearly 300 days a year. This acoustically amazing theatre features concerts from classical to rock and roll, and theatrical performances by local and national talent. Looking for more? Martin County’s The Barn is a 169-seat community theatre presenting five main stage productions September through June, and a Showcase Series of one-act plays held between main stage productions. Book a Friday or Saturday show and stay the weekend to savor all Martin County has to offer.

Attractions






Nature serves us the perfect escape with beautiful sandy beaches, nature preserves, and near-perfect, year-round temps are all to be expected when visiting Martin County. This Treasure Coast jewel is located just off A1A and accessible by a plethora of scenic avenues, all within two hours or less driving time of four international airports - but public art, regular cultural events, galleries, museums, and more are unexpected gems that make this must-see (again and again!) destination shine! Stand up Paddle Board excursions, surf lessons, kayaking, fishing excursions, equestrian trails, hiking, biking and so much more can all be experienced in this hidden gem.
The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is located on Hutchinson Island. Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon, the 57-acre property houses the Society's headquarters, nature trails, 750,000-gallon Game Fish Lagoon, Sea Turtle Pavilion, Children's Activity Pavilion, Sea Star Touch Tank Pavilion, Rays on the Reef Pavilion, and the Frances Langford Visitors Center. With its coastal hardwood hammocks and mangrove swamp communities, the site provides excellent opportunities for education and research aimed at increasing visitors' knowledge of these unique environments.
The Elliott Museum's mission is to inspire creativity through exhibitions and programs about art, history, and technology. The museum provides a unique glimpse into the history of regional and national events as it tells the story of Florida's Treasure Coast. A major exhibition connects post-1900 American culture with the rise in motor vehicle technology, where more than 50 vehicles may be accessed robotically in the only exhibit of its kind in the nation.
The Hobe Sound Nature Center, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization, dedicated to environmental awareness and education. The Nature Center offers both on and off-site native wildlife presentations and field experiences to local natural areas. Nature trails on-site allow for hikes on estuaries, barrier islands and the sand pine scrub. A highly popular event is the sea turtle walk program, held on warm, summer nights from the end of May through mid -July. The center is one of only a few organizations in the state specially permitted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to conduct these nighttime walks. Reservations are required and the Center begins taking them as early as April 1 each year.
The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast offers children and families a place to explore and learn through hands on activities, educational programs and cultural experiences.

For the music lover, the historic Lyric Theatre offers a wide-array of first class talent nearly 300 days a year. This acoustically amazing theatre features concerts from classical to rock and roll, and theatrical performances by local and national talent. Looking for more? Martin County’s The Barn is a 169-seat community theatre presenting five main stage productions September through June, and a Showcase Series of one-act plays held between main stage productions. Book a Friday or Saturday show and stay the weekend to savor all Martin County has to offer.

Transportation



Martin County is located within two hours or less driving time of four international airports: Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Orlando.
Martin County's Transit Service provides fixed route service to the US 1 Corridor, Indiantown, and Stuart, in addition to a commuter route, which runs from the Robert Morgade Library to the Palm Beach Gardens Mall. All buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts and bike racks.

Climate

Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall


 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  54.1  64.2  74.3  2.9 "
 February  54.8  64.8  74.9  3.1 "
 March  59.0  68.5  78.0  4.0 "
 April  63.3  72.2  81.2  2.9 "
 May  68.3  76.8  85.3  5.1 "
 June  72.3  80.4  88.5  6.8 "
 July  73.5  81.7  89.9  6.2 "
 August  74.2  82.0  89.9  6.4 "
 September  73.6  81.2  88.8  8.0 "
 October  69.1  77.0  84.9  6.0 "
 November  63.0  71.5  79.9  4.0 "
 December  57.1  66.3  75.5  2.7 "

Best Time To Go:

Winter and summer.

On average, there are 234 sunny days per year in Martin County, Florida. The July high is around 90 degrees. The January low is 55.

Accommodations


At day’s end, rest easy at brand name chains like Courtyard by Marriott, Best Western, and Hampton Inn – even the Hutchinson Island Marriott offering a resort-style setting. Or, choose from one-of-a-kind boutique properties such as the Old Colorado Inn, the Seminole Inn and Pirates Cove Resort and Marina. Smaller bed and breakfast properties and independently rented villages and cottages set the scene for romance while RV and camping facilities – even timeshares – spell family fun

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