There are more than a few fun things to do in Hobe Sound within just a few minutes’ drive from each other. Hobe Sound is a great place to visit in Florida if you’re going on one of your first road trips, or you want a bit of breathing space from the delights of Orlando.
– The murals are the most popular thing to see in Hobe Sound
Hobe Sound is a charming little community within Martin County, in Florida. It’s a land rich with beautiful coastlines, easy to drive roads and a chilled out friendly vibe.
If you’re wondering what to do in Hobe Sound on your trip to Florida, then here are just 7 activities in the area to keep you busy.
– This trip was sponsored by Visit Florida
7 Fun Things to Do in Hobe Sound
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1. Breakfast at Harry and the Natives
Harry and the Natives Restaurant has been around since 1941. It’s so old that it has the 9th alcohol licence in the district, and places 1 to 8 are no longer up and running. Harry and the Natives is a definite favourite with the locals.
We went. Couldn’t miss this place out from our Martin County itinerary, could we?
It was a tough choice between the Coconut Pancakes and what I eventually went for, but seeing as I’d never seen Carrot Cake Pancakes on a menu, and decided they’d be all out American gluttony with a frosting and maple syrup, I chose them. And they were everything, especially with a bit of bacon on the side.
Please see indulgent picture above.
The new Tiki bar brings people in on the weekends, apparently the place is rammed thanks to their Mimosa brunch and the Bloody Mary Bar, where you can pimp your mimosa to your heart’s content. Also, they have live music so as our new friend Angela told us, “she can bring her kids, they can be as noisy as they like, and no one can hear them over the band”.
Harry and the Natives is a real family place. Harry prides himself on moving with the times, listening to his customers, and giving them what they want – cue the three new electric car chargers out the front.
Where is Hobe Sound Fl?
Hobe Sound Fl is on the east coast of Florida, about a quarter of the way up.
2. Drive down South Beach Road on Jupiter Island
I presume you’ve got a rental car?
We picked up a Toyota Yaris from Hertz at Fort Lauderdale Airport for £165ish for the week, including return to Orlando. That was the basic level, but they have cars for all kinds.
A soft top drive down South Beach Road would be amazing, but at least with our little Yaris we got to listen to our carefully curated Spotify playlists as we went.
The mansions here are incredible – there was one that even had an entrance AND an exit driveway. They line both sides of the road, most set back so they can enjoy the views over the Atlantic Ocean.
It’s a nice 40mph speed limit here so you can get a good look as you drive to the bottom of the island and round again. Choose your favourite name – mine was ‘Wit’s End’.
Make sure to drive along Bridge Road too. The way the trees arch over the street is pretty special. Watch the video above carefully and you can see it in the back window.
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3. Check out Blowing Rocks
The Blowing Rocks are a ‘point of interest’ in Hobe Sound. At first I didn’t think they seemed that impressive, given our beautiful rocky coastline in the UK, but stick around to watch as the water blasts up and over and you’ll realise it is actually a pretty cool sight.
Look out for the water coming up through the blow holes, they make for the coolest pics
Oh and the beach is pretty cool to sit and admire too. Bring a picnic!
4. Hobe Sound Murals
I lurrrved the Hobe Sound murals. In fact, I have over 100 photos on my phone of them, with me stood in front in varying states of uncomfortable. The idea is that locals, and local businesses, sponsor an aspect of them.
In Stuart they’re currently creating a huge under the sea one and the turtle has been sponsored for $25,000. All the money raised goes to a local charity for human trafficking.
Hobe Sound Beach
Live Learn Loggerhead
There are 25 murals in Hobe Sound, with another 10 planned for the future.
You can either take a guided walk round (definitely would’ve liked to do this), walk around on a self-guided tour with a printed guide from the Chamber of Martin County, or drive around Hobe and play ‘Spot the Mural’ – which is kinda what we did.
Whichever way you seen them, the murals are one of the most popular things to do in Hobe Sound. Make sure to include them on your itinerary.
5. Jonathan Dickinson State Park
– Climb up the tower for this view over Hobe Sound’s Jonathan Dickinson State Park
With almost 11,500 acres the park is full of wildlife and fun activities to do.
The Loxahatchee River runs through so if you have the time and the inclination you can rent kayaks, canoes or go on a boat tour (just check out my video). There are also cycles for rent with paved and off road trails.
We climbed up to the highest point and then went for a slow drive along the paved roads. Had an epic lunch we needed to get to s0 we had to be quick…
6. Lunch at Flash Beach Grille
– Wondering what to do in Hobe Sound? Eat!
To be honest, I was expecting a beach bar when we were recommended the Flash Beach Grille, but it’s set just off the Dixie Highway, looking out over the Ocean Jazz mural.
The wonderful food totally made up for the lack of beach, and to be fair, there was sand.
Emily and I shared the chicken tenders – which came with three types of fries, amazing idea – and the bacon wrapped shrimp with fried noodles. Looked delicious, difficult to eat, but worth the challenge. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen shrimp so big.
The staff here were really lovely by the way. We were there for a midweek lunch but I’d definitely recommend trying it at night too as they have live bands out the front.
This was one of my favourite places to eat in Hobe Sound Fl.
7. Hobe Sound Beach
If you’ve got time to relax on Hobe Sound Beach, and it’s sunny, make the most of it. With white sand and (usually) blue skies you can set up camp for the day and chill out. Hobe Sound beach is only two minutes drive from the grill, so when you get a bit peckish you can just drive on over along the famous Bridge Road I told you about.
The weather wasn’t the best for us on our January visit, so we didn’t stick around for too long.
8. Casa del Vino
And, bonus one for you…
Unfortunately, we just didn’t have time to visit, BUT, I have it on good authority that the Casa del Vino Wine Bar is excellent. The Italian family that run it have a vineyard back in Italy and ship in local wines especially for their clientele. Gutted we didn’t manage to fit this one into our Hobe Sound adventure.
Let me know what you think of it if you get there!
9. Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
The Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge is a great way to see some of the animals native to the area. They’re protected here, but they’re not caged so you can still get the thrill of spotting one from afar. Don’t forget your binoculars!
10. Cloud Nine Kiteboarding
Have a go at something new on your holiday and book in for a lesson with Cloud Nine Kiteboarding. To be honest I actually found kiteboarding quite hard, and just couldn’t get the knack of it.
Emily who I went with had a great time though, so I think it was user error. Sign up for a session with Cloud Nine Kiteboarding and you’ll get amazing views of the Atlantic too.
And with all this Hobe Sound nature around, who knows what you might see in the ocean!
Where to Stay
Hutchinson Shores Resort
We spent two nights at the Hutchinson Shores Resort on Hutchinson Island, about a 30-minute drive from Hobe Sound Fl. It’s new and super plush.
There are two heated pools, a jacuzzi, a delightful restaurant and of course bars too. It’s located right on the beach so the views from the room are amazing.
Also, you can fall asleep with the balcony doors open and the sound of waves.
Old Colorado Inn
Alternatively, stay at the Old Colorado Inn in Stuart. It’s about 25 minutes from Hobe Sound and is a great spot if you like your hotels with a bit of history. It’s one of the oldest buildings in Stuart and has accommodation to suit all prices and party sizes.
We stayed in the Key West Suite and I loved the space, and the bagel breakfast delivery every morning. It was well located for the bright lights of Stuart and had the little Tiki bar next door with it’s live music and tasty rum cocktails.
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