You know way back in January, when I went on holiday to Martin County? Well I decided that it’d be a great place to visit in Florida, if you needed to chill after the craziness of Orlando, or, if you were just looking for a more relaxed break in the Sunshine State.
There was great food, fun and adventurous things to do, and despite being January, it was warm enough to go in the water, just.
So here are 13 reasons why I think you should go on holiday to Martin County, Florida…
1. The seafood opportunities
So many good restaurants in Martin County, click through to see my top 5.
2. Murals at Hobe Sound
Oh I lurrrved these. Right now there are 17 murals, but more are in the planning. Check out my YouTube video to see three of them. It’s there, just below…
3. To drive along Jupiter Island
Oh the lifestyles of the rich and famous hey? Come and see the houses of Florida’s elite on Jupiter Island. Although, seeing as I was driving I didn’t actually take any pics of the houses – and it might just be a little bit weird as people actually live in them. So here’s one of the lifeguard towers instead.
4. To attend the River Walk
Every Sunday in Stuart you can grab a beer and enjoy music from local bands on the riverbanks, at the Rock ‘n’ River Walk.
5. To relax at Hutchinson Shores Resort
As one of the latest developments in Martin County, the Hutchinson Shores Resort is faaaancy. Cocktails, nice restaurant and lovely bedrooms with seaview balconies. Oh yes.
And a hot tub.
6. To go to a festival or event
When I was in Martin County there was the Art Studio Open House Tour, where you could walk around and see the artists at work. It happens in January every year. Check out the events on DiscoverMartin.com to find everything from wildlife painting to sailfish regattas.
7. To see a rescued Stingray
Florida’s Oceanographic Society is home to tens of Stingrays who’ve been rescued from the oceans. The tank has windows on the side so as well as seeing them from above, you can also see their funny little faces from the side.
Here’s a shark though, cause sharks live there too.
8. It’s only two hours from Orlando
Martin County is just an easy two-hour drive from the bright lights and fun parks of Orlando, up the Florida Turnpike road. This makes it the perfect combination trip, if you want a bit of chill time before you go home.
We went to Disney AND Universal, so good.
9. Beautiful beaches
There’s over 22 miles of beach in Martin County. You’ll have plenty to choose from, whether it’s surfing, scuba diving, fishing or the many other water activities available you want to do.
This one is Jenson Beach, right near the House of Refuge.
10. To try kitesurfing
I gave it a go, that’s all I can say. As someone who finds lefts and rights very confusing, I just could not get the hang of it. It was good fun though, and the guys from New Wave Kiteboarding were as patient, as they were entertaining. Very.
11. To go on the boat
Bit more my thing: power boats. Sign up for an afternoon with Riding the Waves Treasure Coast and you can expect to get wet. As well as a fun few hours driving a boat, you also get a mini tour of the water banks, including a few glimpses of the elusive Roseate Spoonbill bird.
12. Visit the John Dickinson State Park
I basically just went up the viewing tower and then drove around for a quick look, but there’s loads you can do in the John Dickinson State Park. Watch my video above for inspiration and go explore!
13. Go Paddleboarding
Ride the Ohana Bus and travel to the best paddleboarding spots in Martin County – for us it was just up the road near the House of Refuge (another good spot to see). We paddleboarded out as far as we dared, explored the mangroves, and came back again. Great fun and good exercise!