They say there’s someone out there for everyone, but in Martin County, we say there’s something for every kind of traveler. Tucked on Florida’s southeastern coast, the collection of 10 beachside communities is naturally quaint, offering unique experiences, all infused with natural, old Florida appeal. With its white sand beaches, mangroves and glittering water, it’s easy to see why this destination is a crown jewel of Florida’s Treasure Coast. Whether you’re seeking a bit of calm, a true watersport adventure, the chance to commune with nature or to view the spectacular water from a distance, your ideal getaway is waiting to be discovered.
With beautiful vistas and peaceful water around every turn, these coastal communities are the perfect place to find your bliss.
See: Be sure to bring your camera and binoculars for a tranquil two-hour cruise aboard the Island Princess. Guided by an experienced local captain, you’ll wind your way along the glittering St. Lucie River and likely spot dolphins, turtles, manatees and much more, all while learning more about the area’s fascinating history.
Do: Few water activities are more peaceful than standup paddleboarding, so get your fix on a board from Zeke’s Surf, Skate & Paddle Sports in Stuart. Opt for a guided tour in the gentle waves or sign up for one of their signature SUP yoga classes for the ultimate in waterfront zen.
Thrill-seekers will find their adrenaline rush with these exciting activities.
See: If you like to walk—or paddle—on the wild side, a guided kayaking adventure to Halpatiokee (that’s Seminole for “alligator water”) lead by South River Outfitters is just the ticket to get your blood pumping. Don’t worry: owners Ed and Suzanne Stout will show you how to safely experience this thrill.
Do: Become one with the waves with a lesson from the pros at Ohana Surf on Hutchinson Island. You’ll get a full-body workout as you learn how to paddle, pop up and ride atop your board. It really is the most exhilarating way to enjoy the water.
Rich natural habitats—from mangroves to pristine beaches—are home to diverse wildlife and stunning views.
See: Join Captain Nancy Beaver, an expert local naturalist with more than 20 years of experience, aboard the 35-foot Sirenia pontoon boat. She’ll be your expert guide as you explore the Indian River Lagoon, North America’s most ecologically diverse estuary, for up close and personal views of manatees, sea turtles, bottlenose dolphins and a wide assortment of coastal birds.
Do: Set out from Riding the Waves’ Stuart location for a guided boat tour on a small but powerful two-passenger catamaran. A certified naturalist leads the intimate eco-tours into unspoiled backwater areas that only the smallest watercraft can access. Best of all, you get to drive yourself through the waterways and mangrove islands for a truly unique experience.
Even if you don’t want to get your feet wet, there’s plenty to love about the water.
See: Join Captain Fred and first mate Jamie aboard the Schooner Lily for a beautiful sunset tour down the St. Lucie River—home to plenty of wildlife, including pelicans, ospreys, eagles and dolphins. The best part? Bring along your choice of beer, wine and snacks to enjoy while you watch the sunset in paradise.
Do: Get ready to explore the coast on two wheels, with a rental from Village Bike & Paddle in Hobe Sound, where you’ll find a fleet of beach cruisers, kids bikes, hybrids and more. Their friendly team will make sure you’re safely outfitted and comfortable, no matter your biking experience level. Be sure to ask about their favorite beach trails, picnic spots and hidden photo opps to get a most out of your day.
Martin County, Florida has all this and so much more, including world-class restaurants, exciting boutiques, miles of sandy beaches and comfortable hotels. Take our “Find Your Martin County Vacation Personality” quiz and learn more about this exciting, nearby destination at discovermartin.com.