Picture this: You’re driving down the Florida coast along the pristine Atlantic shoreline, bright tropical colors greeting you from all sides. You impulsively decide to stop for lunch on the immaculate uncrowded beach. You grab the picnic basket and slip your shoes off, the warm sand pleasantly greeting your toes as you lead your family down the beach. The sun’s heat is tempered by a cool sea breeze, and you and your spouse smile at each other, both thinking the same thing—Can it get any better than this?
Welcome to Martin County, Florida. Home to Stuart, the sailfish capital of the world and “Happiest Seaside Town” of 2016 according to Coastal Living magazine, this charming hidden gem of South Florida contains myriad wonders to please the sensibilities of any roadtripper.
Looking to absorb the local culture? You can visit one of the many galleries, museums and historical sites in Stuart, Jensen Beach, Port Salerno, and Hobe Sound—there’s even a scuba/snorkeling tour of a shipwreck site—or you can spend the day shopping at the local boutiques scattered throughout the historic downtowns.
For those looking for a more rugged experience, the area offers no shortage of natural wonders begging to be explored. Hike, kayak, bike, birdwatch—or just find a remote spot on the beach and nap the day away.
Check out one of the area’s thriving Green Markets and stock up on produce, fresh dairy, and local honey for that next beach picnic, or peruse the local artisan booths for handcrafted gifts and mementos. Visit one of the U-pick farms and pluck your own fruits and vegetables straight from the earth, or tour a farm to witness the latest sustainable practices and green technology.
Martin County is also an equestrian lover’s dream—with thoroughbreds, polo clubs, ponies, players and rodeos, there’s no shortage of equestrian events, and miles of riding trails.
At the end of each day, taste the local flavors—the most delicious fresh-caught fish and locally grown natural produce can be found as you enjoy the cool ocean air at one of Martin County’s oceanfront restaurants.
If you have your children with you, there’s plenty of family friendly activities: Observe the area’s logger head sea turtles or feed the stingrays; marvel at the grace of the dolphins; go fishing or lounge on the beach; hit a waterpark or enjoy an outdoor concert on the Riverwalk along the St. Lucie River.
But back to that beautiful beach, untarnished by overcrowding: the warm sand, the radiant sun, the refreshing breeze, the gentle lull of tide, the chirping seagulls, the picnic, the good company.
Can it get any better than this?
Yes, it can. Because you’re in Martin County.
Plan your summer road trip today at discovermartin.com.