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Beaches and Beyond

For water lovers, Stuart and Jensen Beach offer a little bit of everything – true Atlantic beaches, calm Intracoastal Waterway shores and even lakeside views along Lake Okeechobee just 40 minutes away. Don’t miss a visit to Blowing Rocks Preserve, one of Florida’s rarest and most unusual coastlines. When the tide is up, geysers of ocean water spray through limestone rock along the shore up to 15 meters high. Enjoy front-row seats to an oceanside sunrise followed by boating, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking or fishing among 800 fish species. Divers and snorkelers can suit up to explore the shipwreck of the Georges Valentine, an iron-hulled ship originally built in 1869 and wrecked in 1904. It’s conveniently located just 100 yards from the shoreline and is one of only 12 underwater archaeological preserves in Florida.

 

Nature, Preserved

Nature is passionately preserved in Martin County (complete with a building restriction that limits structures to just four stories high) making this a playground for outdoors enthusiasts. The largest state park in Southeast Florida, Jonathan Dickinson State Park offers primitive and cabin camping, mountain biking and guided horseback riding tours (seasonal). Go boating and cast a line for snapper and largemouth bass in the Loxahatchee River, or lace your hiking boots and trek the trails, including a portion of the 101-kilometer Ocean to Lake Hiking Trail that stretches from Hobe Sound to Lake Okeechobee. If you love a lazy, scenic drive (who doesn’t?), cruise under the canopy of trees on Bridge Road in Hobe Sound or the banyan tree tunnel at Old St. Lucie Boulevard Road.

 

A Relaxed Arts and Culture Scene

Downtown Stuart is alive with activity, from local shops to casual dining to free concerts every Sunday afternoon on the St. Lucie River. A free shuttle makes it easy to enjoy the fun. Discover local history lessons at the Stuart Heritage Museum and the Elliot Museum, which showcases a collection of rare and classic cars (including a 2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom). During the 19th and early 20th centuries, Houses of Refuge offered safe havens for sailors along the East Coast. Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is not only the oldest building in Martin County but also the only remaining House of Refuge. Don’t miss a visit to this one-of-a-kind landmark. Traveling with kids? Indian RiverSide Park offers plenty of places to play and explore, including the Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast and the U.S. Sailing Center.

Fun Fact

Sunrise on the limestone shoreline of Martin County, Florida
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Blowing Rocks Preserve in Hobe Sound is the largest Anastasia limestone shoreline on the USA’s Atlantic Coast.

A colorful sunset in Stuart, Florida
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Stuart was the first and only Florida town to be named the Happiest Seaside Town in America by Coastal Living magazine.

The historic exterior of the Stuart Heritage Museum in Florida
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The Stuart Heritage Museum holds a real-life treasure chest that dates to 1760.

Sunset over a marshy lake in Martin County, Florida
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