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June 1, 2018
When you have children, planning a summer vacation can be its own job. The ongoing negotiation: finding that perfect spot that mom and dad can agree on, while anticipating where the children are going to be most content. Often, these vacations can turn into extended babysitting trips during which the parents are forced to put their own desire to relax aside in order to entertain and occupy the little ones. Finding a destination that’s going to strike that delicate balance can be a challenge.
The good news: there’s a place that’s already done the legwork for you. Along South Florida’s Treasure Coast is Martin County, a beautiful stretch of 22 miles of Atlantic shoreline—an uncrowded paradise of blue waves, quiet beaches and quaint communities. It’s a place where the kids can be occupied during the day at one of the area’s many supervised day camps while mom and dad find their own adventures. A place where, at the end of the day, the whole family can come back together for a beautiful oceanfront dinner and compare notes on the day’s adventures. Call it “Camp-cation.”
For the kids, daytime summer camps abound in Martin County through a variety of organizations and institutions. The Environmental Studies Center, part of Martin County’s public-school system, offers educational science and biology-focused day camps, while the Florida Oceanographic Society hosts a variety of aquatic-focused camps. Meanwhile, the Hobe Sound Nature Center takes kids inland to get acquainted with the natural world surrounding them.
The kids are at camp and the only question is how are you going to enjoy your day? Options abound, but a good place to start is an afternoon of decompression lounging in the warm sand of one of Martin’s many quiet, uncrowded beaches. Settle into Hobe Sound’s Blowing Rocks Preserve or one of a dozen beaches on Hutchinson Island. Grab a book and a towel and stretch out along the shore while pristine blue waves crash in a hypnotic rhythm. Nap, read, enjoy a cocktail, and catch up on kiddo-free conversation.
Martin County is home to Jensen Beach, Port Salerno, Indiantown, Palm City, Hutchinson Island, Hobe Sound and Stuart—voted Happiest Seaside Town of 2016 by Coastal Living magazine—and these naturally quaint townships offer an appealing variety of shopping, culture, dining and entertainment. Visit one of the many galleries, museums and historical sites—there’s even a scuba/snorkeling tour of a shipwreck site—or spend the day shopping at the locally owned boutiques and shops scattered throughout the historic downtowns.
Mom and dad don’t have to spend every day separate from the kiddos—there are plenty of activities that appeal to the whole family: spy the area’s logger head sea turtles, feed the stingrays, admire the dolphins, fish inland or off the coast, frolic at a waterpark or enjoy an outdoor concert on the Riverwalk along the St. Lucie River.
At the end of each day, taste the local flavors as a family at one of Martin County’s locally owned, family friendly restaurants, where you can indulge in the most delicious fresh-caught fish and locally grown natural produce while dining oceanside in the cool ocean air.
Martin County’s natural beauty, blue waves, uncrowded beaches and summer day camps make it the ideal place for families to get away from the concrete, smog, and overstuffed coastline of the city.
Plan your summer camp-cation today at discovermartin.com.