Unique in so many ways, Hobe Sound sits in the most environmentally sensitive area of southeastern Martin County. Here you can discover an understated elegance. With its collection of antique shops, funky eateries, art galleries, and nature parks, Hobe Sound embodies the definition of small beach town charm.
Hutchinson Island is home to miles of pristine and uncrowded beaches. It is the perfect getaway for the beach lover and water enthusiast, where you can surf, boat, sail, kite-surf, dive, and snorkel.
Originally established by the Seminole people as a trading post, Indiantown is a small, quiet town about 15 miles west of Stuart and 8 miles north of the Palm Beach County line.
Unique to the rest of Martin County, Indiantown is situated in the heart of Florida’s cattle and citrus country and home to one of the top thoroughbred horse racing facilities in the United States.
Jensen Beach is a quiet ocean and riverfront town with beautiful beaches, great fishing, and a quaint downtown with a small town pace. From the moment you enter the downtown area of Jensen Beach, the town’s “Pineapple Capital of the World” heritage becomes strongly evident.
Palm City is just west of the ocean and Stuart, surrounded by lots of waterways near the Turnpike and I-95. Popular with families, Palm City offers several breathtaking parks.
The historic small-town fishing village of Port Salerno blends local color with art galleries, working artist studios, and waterfront dining, featuring locally-caught seafood, as well as land lover fare. Port Salerno also welcomes “captains of industry” from around the world, who come to the area every year for world-class sport fishing tournaments that are based out of marinas and parks located on the Manatee Pocket.
Rio-San Lucie was established in 1893, changing its name to Rio in 1897. Rio pronounced locally as if it were spelled “Rye-oh.” Is a quaint area consist of small, individually owned businesses and uniquely family owned Florida accommodations. Rio’s small-town character, quiet neighborhoods, and pedestrian-friendly environment make a unique stop while in Martin County.
Shaded by ancient oaks and surrounded on three sides by the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon, Sewall’s Point is known for its natural beauty. The Town is a designated bird sanctuary and has been a nationally recognized “Tree City” for over two decades. Many unique shops and outstanding dining can be found in beautiful Sewall’s Point.
Coastal Living Magazine awarded Stuart the prestigious “America’s Happiest Seaside Town” designation in 2016. This was the first #1 designation for a Florida town.
Prior to that, Smithsonian Magazine named Stuart the “#3 Must Visit Small Town”, which was quickly followed up with the “America’s Most Beautiful Small Town” designation. Stuart’s pristine landscaped streets and astonishing skyscraper-free views helped it to be named “The Most Beautiful City” by America in Bloom.
Stuart was also listed as one of the “Top Ten Beach Towns in Florida” by the Huffington Post. Here you will find working studios and art galleries, antique shops, and museums that add to the small town charm. Residents and visitors alike are invited to experience the local culture at the weekly Green Market, monthly waterfront jazz concerts, antique car shows and art festivals providing color and fun throughout the year.
Adventurers wanting to get back to nature will find an array of outdoor options in the area, including kayaking, hiking, biking and birding options or discover the pristine and often deserted beach at St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park.
Also located in Stuart is the new Sailfish Splash Waterpark, a great activity for the whole family. This state-of-the-art complex is open seasonally to the public.
Finally, take a romantic stroll along Stuart’s Riverwalk and enjoy the scenery or gaze upon the Roosevelt Bridge, voted one of the most “Spectacular Bridges Around the World” by Travel and Leisure Magazine.
On the southern border of Martin County sits Tequesta. The towns offer a vibrant cultural life and rich history dating back to 1885 and host several annual arts and entertainment festivals through the year.